L.A. Korean Festival all set to kick off

September 17, 2014

Begins with an opening ceremony at 6:50 p.m. Thursday at Seoul International Park 

Members of the Los Angeles Korean Festival Foundation prepare for the kickoff of the 41st Los Angeles Korean Festival. (Kim Young-jae/The Korea Times)

Members of the Los Angeles Korean Festival Foundation prepare for the kickoff of the 41st Los Angeles Korean Festival. (Kim Young-jae/The Korea Times)

By Tae Hong

Los Angeles’ largest annual celebration of Korean culture and tradition kicks off tomorrow.

The 41st Los Angeles Korean Festival, held at Seoul International Park from Sept. 18 to 21, will begin with an opening ceremony at 6:50 p.m. Thursday.

Starting with opening ceremony performers Poppin’ Hyun-joon and Park Ae-ri, flutist Jasmine Choi and traditional dancer Lee Kyung-hwa, the festival will feature a slew of talent shows and contests, food, snack cars, hundreds of booths and vendors, dance classes and Saturday’s Korean Parade through four days.

Participants will see Korean agricultural and marine goods sold and promoted at about 100 booths, as well as 180 more promoting local and nationwide Korean businesses.

The Los Angeles Korean Festival Foundation plans to operate three parking lots with shuttle buses on 3670, 3450 and 3530 Wilshire Boulevard.

The full schedule of the festival is below:

Thursday, Sept. 18

3:30 – 4:20: UCLA Hanwoolim
4:30 – 5:20: Los Angeles Poilice Department band
5:30 – 6:00: “Flowers That Never Fade” comfort women cartoon
5:30 – 6:30: Korean jazz band summer pop recital
6:50 – 8:00: Opening ceremony
8:00 – 9:50: Opening ceremony performances

Friday, Sept. 19

1:00 – 1:20: Seoul International Park’s line dance team
1:30 – 2:40: The Primaries band
2:50 – 3:50: Los Angeles Nice Body Contest
4:00 – 4:20: No Hee-yeon Kyeonggi folk song
6:10 – 7:10: Sahama band
7:20 – 7:50: United for Christ chorus
8:00 – 9:50: Made in K-Town dance contest

Saturday, Sept. 20

11:40 – 11:50 a.m.: Los Angeles Senior Citizens Society pungmulnori
12:00 – 2:00: Stage performances
2:00 – 2:20: Song Eun-hwa dance team
2:30 – 2:50: Jin Choi ballet team
2:50 – 4:30: K-pop cover dance festival
3:00 – 5:00: 41st Korean Parade
4:40 – 6:10: Singing competition
6:20 – 7:50: Radio Seoul youth talent show
8:00 – 10:00: Hidden X Trot Super Concert

Sunday, Sept. 21

12:40 – 1:10: Hwarang Leo
1:20 – 2:20: CCM festival
2:30 – 3:20: Dance sports academy
3:30 – 3:50: Ko Kyung-min line dance class
4:00 – 4:50: Los Angeles norimadang
5:00 – 5:20: Lee Jung-im dance team
5:30 – 7:30: 2014 Miss High Teen Contest
7:40 – 7:50: Closing ceremony
8:00 – 10:00: Cravin band, FLASHE performances

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