The Korean Cultural Center in Egypt held a work presentation to celebrate the end of the ‘2022 Overseas Korean Traditional Music School’ at the Egyptian National Academy of Art on September 15.
This course was prepared to promote the excellence of Korean traditional music in Egypt, where K-pop is the main focus of Hallyu fans and to foster self-reliance.
As part of the National Gugak Globalization Project of the National Gugak Center, the Overseas Gugak Culture School invited Lim Yong-nam, a member of the National Gugak Center Folk Orchestra Yeonhui Club, as a lecturer.
The lecture was held for two weeks from September 4th by selecting a total of 40 people who were interested in Korean culture and Korean traditional music and Arab music majors.
At the closing ceremony, all the graduates wore traditional performance clothes and generously demonstrated the skills they had learned so far.
In addition to the exciting performances of Seoljanggu and Samulnori, Lim Yongnam and Eo bowon performed Seoljanggu and folk songs to show off the beauty of Korean traditional music.
Furthermore, Arab music professors and majors, who are graduates of this course, presented Arabic traditional music and presented a special stage where Korean and Egyptian traditional music were harmonized.
Rahma Mohammed, a graduate of the Korean language department at Ein Shams University who completed this course, said: “For the past two weeks, I have been listening to Janggu classes directly from experts and making sounds together with the students as time goes by.”
“It was an amazing experience. At this ceremony, she took on the lead of Seol Jang-gu’s performance team, and it was a lot of pressure, but I am happy and happy that the performance ended well,” the 22-year-old girl added.
Seong-Ho Oh, director of the Cultural Center, mentioned that after the end of the course at the Gugak Culture School, the plan is to promote the regularization of Samulnori gatherings so that the Korean Wave can be self-sufficient in Egypt.
In the same vein, the Korean Cultural Center said that it would provide Egyptian people with opportunities to experience various cultures by opening cultural lectures that cross both modernity and tradition.