Knees Up in Sindorim! Seoul Céilí, August 8


You’ll have to excuse this break from regular broadcasting as I’d like to plug an event I’m involved in organising.

For any of you in Seoul, or indeed South Korea over the next few weeks and you’re in need of a good knees up, the Irish Association of Korea will be having their annual Céilí on Sunday, September 8 in Sindorim.

Seoul Céilí: Irish Music and Dance Festival September 8, 2013.

The location is the same as is used for previous events, including the 2011 and 2012 Céilí, and of course the two previous St Patrick’s Day festivals. The event is free to enter, and everyone is invited to get up and try some of the dances out, which are very easy going with not so difficult steps. If you’re thinking Riverdance, think again. While there will be some displays of the high kicking and fast tempo dancing which the Broadway best-seller have popularised, céilí dancing is a much more laid back and social occasion.

As well as dancing there’ll be live Irish music, and some face painting and balloons. While it has been a very hot and humid summer, the temperature will have drop to a more reasonable heat in September, and we may even been lucky enough to have a light breeze (but no promises).

The Céilí will take place in the D-Cube Plaza, which is at Sindorim Station on the blue (line 1) and green (line 2) subway lines. Just come out exit 1 and you won’t miss us!

Here are few of my own photos from last years event in the same spot (although for some reason none of the actual dancing!)

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Hope to see you all there!

St Patrick’s Day in Seoul, 2013


If you haven’t heard already, I’m chairman of the Irish Association of Korea, and every year around this time we organise a small get together. You might have heard of it, we call it Saint Patrick’s Day.

I won’t blether on too much about it as my brain is exhausted at the simplest mention of the event, however give this link a click and you’ll find all the info you need about the event.

St Patricks Day, Seoul 2013

For some photos from last year’s event, please take a look at my good friend Tom Coyner’s shots from the festival. Tom is also knee deep in this wee event that is taking place in Seoul and is celebrating Irish and Korean links.

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Go on, you know you want to!

Seoul Ceili: Irish Dance and Music Festival 2011


So, some harmless self promotion here on my behalf!

If you have any questions please leave a comment for me and I’ll reply asap.

For the second year in a row the Irish Association of Korea’s will host a céilí in Seoul. This September’s event will take place on September 25th in the new D Cube Center at Sindorim Station (Line 1 & 2). The event will be both a showcase for traditional Irish dance and music and for a chance for the general public to try out some Irish dancing.

A céilí is a large group dance that originated in Ireland. The name céilí originates from the Irish word le chéile, which means together. It is this togetherness which typifies every céilí dance. Dancers form into pairs or groups of four and dance together with other groups. The music itself is usually not fast and participants can enjoy a relaxed, friendly and sociable occasion awaiting them.

A fun family day out is promised. The dancing is suitable for all ages and all levels of enthusiasm. The steps are easy and don’t require any level of expertise to learn, and even if you are worried about missing a ‘2’ in your ‘1,2,3’ step, don’t worry as there will be plenty of volunteers on hand to help and guide you through.

There is no need to feel intimidated if you are expecting something similar to the famous Broadway extravaganza, Riverdance. While there will be some demonstrations of Irish dancing with more than its fair share of high kicks and athletic skipping, céilí dancing is a much simpler variant of Irish dance.

This September’s céilí promises to be a special event and will include two groups playing traditional Irish music. One group, Bard, is comprised of Korean musicians and have had considerable success playing in competitions in Ireland. The second group, Banú, is made up of musicians from Ireland, Korea, the United States, and Canada. As well as this, there will be displays by two Korean Irish dance troupes.

The music and dancing will start at 1pm and will continue until 5pm. To get to this event take the subway to Sindorim Station (line 1 & 2) and leave by exit 1 or 2. The event will be held in the large theatre space in front of the D Cube Center. Please follow the signs from exits of the subway station, and if in doubt listen out for the music.

 

This event is kindly supported by The Irish Embassy and Daesung Corporation.

The Irish Association of Korea is a registered not-for-profit organisation in Korea – www.iak.co.kr