Gateway Korea Foundation

The Gateway Korea Foundation provides opportunities for the Heartland Community to learn about and experience Korean culture. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway Korea Foundation will draw from communities across the American Midwest to nurture a greater understanding and appreciation for Korean culture.

Dano Spring Festival Celebrates Korean Culture

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 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 www.gateway-korea.org.

Press Release on Chuseok Korean Harvest Festival

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 “Chuseok” Festival to Feature Korean Dance Troupe,

Traditional Korean Food, Folk Games, Kite-Making, K-pop and More

Local group invites the public to learn more about Korean traditions

 

St. Louis, Missouri (Aug. 19, 2014)— Traditional and modern Korean music and dance will be a highlight of St Louis’s first-ever Chuseok festival in St. Louis on September 6th. The Gateway Korea Foundation is planning the event, which includes numerous other cultural activities such as Korean folk games and crafts, Taekwondo martial arts demonstrations, and calligraphy. A traditional dance group from South Korea will perform at the festival, and at a Sept. 7 event.

Chuseok means "the great middle (of autumn)" and is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea. Chuseok is a celebration of the good harvest, when Korean families visit ancestral hometowns, enjoy song, dance and folk games, and share a feast of traditional foods.

One of the founders of the Gateway Korea Foundation, Young-Hie Nahm Kromm, remembers celebrating Chuseok when she was a child. “We always looked forward to the festival because of the good food and great fun,” Kromm said.

Han Ko, a board member of the Foundation, is the chairperson of the Chuseok  festival committee. He hopes this event is the first of many future Chuseok celebrations in St. Louis. “We want to share our wonderful Korean traditions with people from St. Louis, so they can learn more about our culture. The festival offers something for everyone, so we hope to see people of all ages and background,” he said.

            A favorite Chuseok dish is Kimchi, also spelled Kimchee or Gimchi, which is a traditional Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as spicy. Other foods that will be offered include Bulgogi and Song Pyon.

 

Chuseok Festival Details

Saturday, Sept. 6

12 Noon – 7 p.m. 

McGrath Elementary School - auditorium and school grounds

2350 St Clair, Brentwood, MO 63144                                  

Admission:  Free

 

Sunday, Sept. 7

Hong Jin Hee Dance Troupe Performance

Horton Watkins (Ladue) High School Auditorium

1201 South Warson Rd., Ladue, MO 63124

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Admission:  $10 per person.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

 

For more details, please visit www.gateway-korea.org

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About the Gateway Korea Foundation

Founded in 2012, the Gateway Korea Foundation provides opportunities for the public to learn about and experience Korean culture.  Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway Korea Foundation draws from communities across the American Midwest to nurture a greater understanding and appreciation for Korean culture.  www.gateway-korea.org