Monday, August 30, 2010

Gwangju World Music Festival

The idea of bringing the world together through music in one location is absolutely brilliant. The recently concluded World Music Festival in Gwangju proved that there are no boundaries…we are one so we have to live harmoniously.

The World Music Festival is part of Korea’s long term plan to make Gwangju as the hub city of Asian Culture. Which means, the festival was just a taste of what people from all over the world could expect if the project will be finished. The project is expected to finish on 2014. I guess this is another event that everyone should look forward to just like the World Cup in Brazil which happens to be also in that year.

The festival gathered 42 groups of musicians from 21 countries. It was held from August 27 to 29. I went to witness the festival on its second day. All performances were free, except for the four concerts held at the Bitgoeul Hall. (

I was able to watch 2 performances. One performance was at Bitgoeul Hall. A musician from India called Debashish Bhattacharya together with his fellow musicians had an impressive performance of their unique rendition of Indian music. I just learned that the group he was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award in the category of Best Traditional World Music Album for his album Calcutta Chronicles. He also invented his own slide-guitars. (For more information please check and )

The other performance was performed in Pungam Sports Park. Tuku Kame, which is band of the Sarawak Cultural Village. The group brought pride to Sarawak and Malaysia by winning eight gold medals at the 12th World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held in Hollywood, Los Angeles, US. The group had lively performances which made the audience dance. I had so much fun during their performance. Everyone from all walks of life, were alive, dancing on the ground barefoot. (If you happen to have facebook, you can be their fan just click this link )

I hope that the festival would run annually. The festival is a good opportunity not just for the people in Korea but to people around the world to witness the world united through music. This is the official website of the festival

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