Sep 16, 2011
Jeongseong Arirang Festival 2011
“Arirang” is a Korean folk song, sometimes considered the unofficial national anthem of Korea. To inherit and develop the song that embodies the spirit of love as well as the joys and sorrows of the Korean people, the Jeongseon Arirang Festival was first held in September 1976. Visitors to this annual festival can see the various aspects of Korean traditional culture and enjoy autumn in the Gangwon province.
Jeongseon Arirang Festival 2011
Four days from Friday, September 30th Monday, October 3,2011
Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon, Gangwon Province
Arirang singing contest, pungmul contest, contest to selexct a female manager to run Jeonsanok tavern, talent contest, Chonti Blues contest, Jeongseon Arirang performance, street performance, original play (Yangban Story), puppet show, traditional wedding reenactment, lantern hanging, rubber band game, fireworks, and much more
Om offer are contests like an Arirang-singing contest; pungmul (Korea traditional music performed by farmers) contest for students; and contest to choose a female manager to run the traditional Jeonsanok tavern as well as performances like one by official Jeongseon Arirang singers; presentation of an Arirang fusion record; Arirang folk drama; and puppet show. The 2011 Chonti Blues contest is to choose modern reinterpretations of corny clothes submitted by any person at the age of no less than 15 years. The festival also includes street performances by pungmul and brass bands; tug of war, makgeolli (raw rice wine) forum; anf open-air market of local agricultural products. It will be a wonderful outing to feel the sentiments of the countryside and learn about traditional culture.
To live up to the theme, the ‘paths of Jeongseon Arirang’ the 2011 Jeongseon Arirang Festival will be held across the streets of Jeongseon-eup and traditional Jeongseon five-day marketplace (to be open throughout the festival) to offer 72 programs in six categories (19 events). “Arirang” is a Korean folk song, sometimes considered the unofficial national anthem of Korea and the Jeongseon version of Arirang is believed to be the origin of the song. It is almost the only Korean folk song that is preserved in its birthplace based on the local community. It is also the only Arirang song designated as a provincial intangible cultural property (Gangwon-do Intangible Cultural Property No.1) to received lots of support and investment for its preservation and transmission. Also efforts are being made to attract a wider public’s interest in the song and inherit it in a creative way not to lose touch with contemporary people. Held as part5 of such efforts, the annul Jeongseon Arirang Festival has a very significant gistory and meaning, It retains Gangwon Province’s traditions most intact to be chosen as one that represented the province last year. This year’s festival will be even more special as it will be set across the ebullient countryside where both locals and tourist will have a great fun.