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Jeongseon Arirang Festival begins the song again

Arirang is a song, a dance, a sigh of Koreans passed down for thousands of years.

It represents part of the Korean identity and continues to serve as the most common name for traditional folk songs and national brands.

The 33rd Arirang Festival is to take place at Jeongseon Public Stadium, Arari Park and Five-Day Marketplace in Jeongseon County, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province) for four days from Oct. 16 to 19.

The festival will proceed with 55 events largely divided into folk performances, exhibitions, tours and booths to promote the local economy.

As Jeongseon is the home of Jeongseon Arirang, intangible cultural asset no. 1, there will be various performances of Chang-geuk (Korean classical aria), Chongchae-geuk (composite performances), Gyeongchang (traditional music of Seoul), Ta-ak (percussion) and other traditional music performances centered on Arirang.

Chilhyeon-sa Temple at Nam-myeon, the origin of Jeongseon Arirang will begin with the special ritual that commemorates the patriotism of seven royal subjects of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) and prays for the overall well-being of the region.

The commercial center of Jeongseon County will be filled with gilnori (road play) and an elaborate parade participated in by people of nine towns and other smaller villages.

The opening ceremony will take place on the special stage of Arari Park with a big theater play of Jeongseon Arirang, celebratory performances of overseas Arirang, fireworks and more.

Arari Park is also where a large-scale Arirang song competition will take place at 2 p.m. on Oct. 17.

During the festival, visitors are welcome to take part in folk games, traditional archery, stroll across the promenade, view demonstrations of weaving sambe (hemp cloth), cooking local cuisine and other cultural activities.

The final day will be celebrated with ssireum (Korean traditional wrestling competition), a performance by a professional Arirang master and other participatory games to bring locals and tourists together.

For more information, visit the English website of Jeongseon County:
Related page: (1) Jeongseon Arirang 1 (2) Jeongseon Arirang 2
Website of the Jeongseon Arirang Festival: http://www.arirangfestival.kr/ (Korean only)

Contact the Organizing Committee at 033-563-2646
Korea Travel Phone: 1330 (Korea Tourism Organization)

By Kim Hee-sung
Korea.net Staff Writer

http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Culture/view?articleId=73541

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