Korea in Trafalgar: Dano Festival

June 15, 2008 at 7:01 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | 1 Comment
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On the 8th June Trafalgar Square featured stalls and cultural displays as part of the Korean Summer Festival – Dano. Apparently, to quote the pamphlet they were handing out “In Korea, people celebrate Dano when Yang energy is thought to be at its highest.” Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced my camera so there’ll be no photos of the event.

The festival ran for about 5 hours with various cultural and music events on the main stage. Around the edge of the lower forecourt were food stalls (including from far afield Surrey), fan making (traditional festival activity) and tourism information.

In all honesty, the main reason I wanted to come was for the food. In the end there weren’t that many stalls – maybe half a dozen – all with very similar menus. I opted for simple Yakitori (meat skewers) to start and Tim went for chicken and rice. Mine was £3 for 3 and his was £6. As mine had been sitting out it was rather tepid and only average quality. I don’t know about the quality of Tim’s meal but it looked like a large enough portion and for six pounds it ought to be. Given that lacklustre start I didn’t go back for another dish.

Instead we settled down on the steps to watch Noridan. A group of male and female drummers who all looked upbeat throughout a physically intense performance. The act consisted of a bicycle like contraption fitted out with percussion and drums for the artists to pound away at. Occasionally they would break away from the main machine and pick up personal drums to beat on. Fun and energetic.

After Noridan we opted to leave and say goodbye to the Korean Festival. All in all there wasn’t much to do but it was a good diversion before heading further into the city. I imagine this is simply indicative of the population of Koreans in the city or that the weather was particularly good so people were off to the parks and beaches (oh fine pubs) instead.

If the festival is back next year I would only encourage you to go if you have something else to do in the area.

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  1. […] stopped by briefly and was surprised by the number of people – certainly more than at the Korean festival from a few weeks ago. There were long queues at the food and beverage stalls so I skipped them but […]

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