The party doesn’t stop after the Ceilidh. Join us and the Seoul Gaels in the Wolfhound, Itaewon from 9pm on Saturday, October 18th for a night of Ceol and Craic. If you can sing, dance, read a poem, come along and join in!
The HBC festival is happening this weekend, May 16th, 17th and 18th. The entire schedule and run down of acts can be found on their website.
Here are some acts involving our very own Irish….
Friday: Magna Fall will p lay at 11pm in Philly´s Basement
Friday: Ceolteori Seoul will play in VFW at 11pm
Saturday; Baekma will play in Rabbit Hole at 8pm
We´ll keep the list updated as we get the details.
With March fast approaching and the snow slowly starting to melt, the Irish Association of Korea is gearing up for our biggest event of the year….The St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2014.
Thanks to the kind support of Daesung Corporation, D Cube City, Korean Air, The Seoul Grand Hyatt Hotel, Groove magazine, Etihad Airways, Asia Ireland Chamber of Commerce in Korea, and the Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel, the 14th annual St Patrick’s Day Festival will take place in D Cube Plaza, Sindorim from 12pm until 6pm on Saturday March 15th.
The open air concert which has become synonymous with Saint Patrick’s Day in Seoul, attracting up to 10,000 spectators in the past, will be the centerpiece of the Irish Association of Korea’s festival this year.
The festival is known for its keen participation from members of both the Irish and Korean community and this year will not disappoint with traditional folk-dancers and musicians playing Irish music, both traditional and popular rock, coming from all over Korea and further afield.
Musicians from Ireland will also feature heavily on the bill and the festival will offer an opportunity for the public to get involved – traditional folk-dancing, which has grown in popularity every year, will take place at the main stage. The dancing gives everyone, young and old, a chance to come up and try some of the lively dances.
The festival has also become a major international family event, as children can get their faces painted; listen to some traditional storytelling; and sing and dance to the live music.
A display of Gaelic football – a unique national sport from Ireland – will be hosted by the Seoul Gaels Gaelic football team, one of the most successful teams in Asia.
The Irish Village will also return to the festival this year to create a separate area away from the main stage which will offer a more laid back atmosphere. At the Irish Village you will be able to listen to Irish traditional music, try your hand at playing some instruments or taste some traditional Irish cuisine.
This year there will be a Costume Competition (kindly sponsored by Sona and AngloInfo Seoul) and a large raffle with the main prize a pair of return flights to Dublin from Seoul (thanks to sponsors Etihad Airways). Tickets will be sold on the day and the raffle draw will take place before the end of the festivities.
After the main event, the festivities will continue in the Rocky Mountain Tavern in Itaewon from 6pm until 12am for The Official IAK Hooley. Tickets are 10,000 won and will be available at the festival and at the door.
To stay up-to-date, sign up to the official Facebook Event page HERE.
Once again, we have the very generous support of Daesung to thank for the use of their excellent facilities at the D-Cube Center in Sindorim Seoul.
Don’t forget there’s a fancy dress competition with cash prizes. We’ve got a great raffle courtesy of our sponsors Etihad and Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel (more info about this later today). Can you play music? Then bring your instrument along and join in the music session in the Irish Village. You can even learn some simple Irish dances. If you’re the sporting type then you need to meet the Seoul Gaels who’ll be doing some skills demonstrations. It promises to be a great day with music, dancing, food, activities for kids and much better weather than in Ireland!
And it’s not over at 5pm. We’re having a hooley in The Bull & Barrel in Itaewon with 4 bands downstairs and possibly the biggest Irish traditional music session ever in Korea upstairs. Read about what we have planned here (or over here on Facebook).
Tap Pung (one of the best exponents of Irish Dancing in Asia) just confirmed their brilliance by winning stacks of medals at Feis Shanghai. They lead a team of Korean dancers to the feis and between them all they have won approximately 30 medals. Ok here’s what was won (deep breath and we’ve probably got some of it wrong – I blame our correspondant on the ground in Shanghai – one Shauna Browne).
Park Jun Woo from Korea won
In the U40 competition members of Tap Pung took
Reel 2nd and 3rd
Light jig 1st 2nd 3rd
Slip jig 1st 2nd 4th
Single jig 1st 4th
Primary comp U18 박준우 took
Light jig 1st
Slip jig 1st
Single jig 1st
Treble jig 1st
In the U40 primary comp there were wins in
Reel 1st 3rd
Slip jig 3rd
Light jig 1st 3rd 4th
Single jig 1st 4th
Hornpipe 1st 3rd 4th
Treble jig 2nd 4th.
Trad set 2nd
Congratulations to all those dancers and a reminder that you should come and see Tap Pung in action at the St Patrick’s Day festival next Sat! They might even give you a couple of tips about your jig.
Are you going to wear a fancy dress for the costume competition? Would you like to win return flights from Seoul to Dublin? Have you heard about the new area we will have called Irish Village? Are you going to come and dance and enjoy the music? Do you want to try your hand at playing some Irish musical instruments? Will you come to the evening party in The Bull & Barrel in Itaewon? To help you answer these questions have a read about what we have planned here (or if you prefer over on Facebook or Meetup).