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Dano Spring Festival Celebrates Korean Culture


 Dano Spring Festival Celebrates Korean Culture

Local foundation invites the public to learn more about Korean traditions


St. Louis, Missouri (April 13, 2016) - Gateway Korea Foundation will host its third annual “Dano” Festival on May 13 and 14 in St. Louis. Dano is a traditional Korean holiday celebrating the end of sowing season. This year, the events include a screening of the documentary “Faces of Seoul” with a discussion with the film’s producer, Gina Kim. A panel conversation on the rise of “K-Culture” will address the worldwide explosion of Korean influence in pop music, art, and cinema.

“We are honored to have Gina Kim as our guest in St. Louis to discuss her film about Seoul, where she was raised,” said Young-Hie Nahm Kromm, AIA, principal at Kromm, Rikimaru and Johansen, Inc. and chairman of the board of Gateway Korea Foundation. “Ms. Kim moved to the U.S. as a young adult but returned many times over 12 years to capture the changing city and its culture on film. It’s an extraordinary work.”

This year’s Dano Korean Festival features the following events:

“Faces of Seoul” documentary screening and discussion with filmmaker Gina Kim
Friday, May 13, 5:30-9:00 p.m.  
Free to the public. 

5:30 p.m.  Reception. Traditional Korean rice cakes will be served.
7:00 p.m.  Film screening.

Farrell Auditorium, Saint Louis Art Museum
Co-hosted by Gateway Korea Foundation and Saint Louis Art Museum

Dinner Reception and Program
Saturday, May 14  4:30-8:30 p.m.
Gateway Korea Foundation Awards ceremony, dinner buffet, trailer of films “Faces of Seoul” and “Final Recipe” by Gina Kim, and a panel conversation with Gina Kim and members of the St. Louis arts community on the rise of “K-Culture.”

1 CityPlace Drive, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Cost:  $60 per person (buffet dinner and drinks included) 


Gateway Korea Foundation is also planning its third annual “Chuseok” harvest festival in the fall. Chuseok is one of the most important national holidays in Korea. Families have the opportunity to perform an ancestral ritual and share a feast of traditional food, including songpyeon rice cakes (steamed on top of pine tree leaves) that the whole family makes together. Information about the Dano and Chuseok festivals can be found at