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Hungarians get to experience Korean culture during spring festival

All News 10:53 April 04, 2017

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- Korean culture will be officially presented during Hungary's biggest "Budapest Spring Festival" this year, after Italy (2015) and China (2016), the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Tuesday.

The festival, which opened March 31 and runs through April 23, is the European country's most celebrated festival that up to 250,000 people visit annually since its inception in 1981.

The Korean Cultural Center in Hungary will run various programs and booths for three days at Balna, a cultural complex in the city, starting this Friday. Visitors can sample Korean food, culture, traditional and modern music performances and art.

This undated photo provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism shows a scene from "Sim Cheong." (Yonhap)

Not only can visitors watch shows and performances, but they can also learn "artisanal techniques, try Korean games and dances and be introduced to the Korean language," the festival website said.

There will be an exhibition of, among other things, traditional Korean makgeolli liquor. Also a modern re-interpretation of "Sim Cheong," a play about a blind father and his daughter, will be performed. Korean violinist KoN will stage a performance, and jazz musician Tommy Vig will perform in collaboration with vocals by his Korean wife Kim Min-ja.

"The event will be a great introduction of Korean culture to Hungarians. We plan to show them the essence of Korean culture and hope they feel close to Korea after enjoying the event," the ministry said in a statement.

This undated photo provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism shows people at the 2016 Korean Culture Day in Hungary. (Yonhap)


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