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2018.8.30 Festival

Indian Embassy to host music and dance festival in 3 cities

The Indian Embassy will host a festival celebrating the country’s music and dance in Seoul, Busan and Gwangju during the first week of September.

Titled Sarang, which variably means colorful, diverse, peace and love, in several Indian languages, according to the embassy, the festival will be held at Ewha Womans University in western Seoul on Sept. 6, the Indian Cultural Centre in central Seoul on Sept. 7 and the National Museum Of Korea in central Seoul on Sept. 8.

The embassy said it expects a large showing at the dance festival, which has been held every year in Seoul since 2015, because the Indian Cultural Centre has been holding classes in kathak, a classical dance form in which stories are told through hand movements and rhythmic footwork, and odissi, which originated in the Hindu temples of India’s east coast and expresses mythological stories. A classical Indian music concert will be held at Yonsei University in western Seoul on Sept. 12.

Both the dance festival and concert will take place in Busan and Gwangju as well.

By Esther Chung

World Firefighters Games coming to Chungju

Chungju, North Chungcheong, will host the World Firefighters Games, billed as “the Olympics for firefighters,” from Sept. 10 to 17.

About 6,000 firefighters from over 50 countries will compete in sporting events and competitions specifically designed for emergency services personnel.

The biennial games were first held in April 1990 in New Zealand. Events at Chungju 2018 include golf, baseball, tennis and swimming, as well as leisure sports such as billiards and fishing.

Some events will test the skill of firefighters on the job, such as the fire truck challenge, the “toughest firefighter alive” and water rescue.

Mnet Asian Music Awards to be held in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong

The 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) will be held in December in three Asian cities - Seoul; Saitama, Japan; and Hong Kong, the organizer said on Wednesday.

This year’s MAMA, the tenth since its launch in 1999, will begin on Dec. 10 in Korea and head to Japan’s Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 12 and Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo arena on Dec. 14. CJ ENM, the organizer, said this year’s event will promote unity and exchange among Asian music markets.

“Over the years, MAMA has emerged as one of Asia’s most prominent global music festivals, where international artists, industry leaders, icons across countries come together,” said Shin Hyung-kwan, CJ ENM’s head of music content.

Last year’s MAMA was held in Vietnam, Japan and Hong Kong.

“Each year, we are heavily invested in setting new standards to bring the most innovative productions and mega-scale performances,” Shin said. “We will continue to strive to establish MAMA as an iconic global music festival acknowledged by music fans, artists and leaders in the industry.”

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