On May 16, we hosted our second annual Korean Street Festival for our Harlem community. The clouds and threat of rain showers didn’t stop us from bringing some sunshine to the neighborhood in the form of entertainment, delicious food, games, and fun! Over 2,500 people joined us on 134th street between 7th and 8th avenue to enjoy:
From keyboards to xylophones, singers, and dancers wearing traditional Korean hanboks, the audience was treated with a variety of performances from our scholars who are working hard to develop our arts programming.
In between performances, the crowd was treated to a set by DJ Ryan Sleek, who traveled from Korea to perform for KSF in partnership with Monster Go DJ, a company that makes a portable DJ console.
The DPCHS Korean Dance Team closed out the day with a fun K-pop dance performance which inspired the crowd to move along with them.
The line for food moved swiftly as festival goers eagerly jumped on the opportunity expand their cultural palette through sampling traditional Korean dishes such as Bibimbap, Ttoek bokki, and Pajeon.
We hosted several stations where festival-goers could engage with Korean culture in a variety of ways. Festival partner, EyeLevel, showed scholars how to make jegi and play jegichagi, a traditional Korean outdoor game. Sponsor, FunnyFish, a Korea-based design company, helped scholars assemble fun, paper Hangul design glasses that they could write a message on. Scholars also learned about Korean calligraphy, built lanterns, tried on hanboks, got their faces painted, molded traditional Korean objects for a 3D scanner, and learned Korean at a booth run by Democracy Prep Charter High Students.
See more pictures from KSF on our Flickr page!