Cheju Opens Korean Folk Cultural FestivalThe city of Cheju is holding the 40th Korean Folk Cultural Festival, a three-day event, at Aehyang Stadium from September 15.
Commencing from the 10th anniversary of National Foundation Day in 1958, this colorful event aims to excavate and preserve the nation's traditional folk culture from further erosion since the Japanese Colonial Period and the Korean War.
It has cultivated and repeatedly perfomed over four hundred types of folk culture, among which 35, including Yangju Mask Dance, were designated as national treasures and 53 events as city and provincial cultural assets.
The upcoming event will be the first to take on a more festive mood, differing from the competitive characteristics of former ones. Including Seoul's The General Nami Play, 20 events will be performed with 1,246 participants from 16 cities and four northern provinces nationwide.
Additionally, 169 participants are giving six demonstration performances, including performers who won last year with their rendition of the Kyejong Picnic Play.