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Korean Culture at Auckland Museum

8 July 2004

Korean Culture at Auckland Museum

Experience the colourful culture of Korea with a series of lively events at Auckland Museum, with thanks to the New Zealand Asia Institute’s Korea Studies Centre at The University of Auckland.

The vibrant rituals that Korean shamans have performed over many centuries are a vital part of Korea’s cultural heritage. Over the years these rituals have developed into elaborate artistic performances in which music, singing and dancing are combined with theatrical elements of both a comic and a dramatic nature.

To bring this culture to Aucklanders first-hand, the New Zealand Asia Institute’s Korean Studies Centre is coordinating the visit of Professor Boudewijn Walraven from the University of Leiden, and the Mansudaet’ak Preservation Group – a performing arts troupe of shamans from the Republic of Korea.

Professor Boudewijn Walraven is a Korean Shaman song and ritual expert, and will be holding a public lecture on Tuesday 20 July at 6pm in the Manaia Room. He will be discussing contact between the human world and the world of spirits and gods.

On 22 July at 7.30pm in the Museum Foyer, there will be a performance of a Korean Shaman ritual from the Mansudaet’ak Preservation Group. The ritual is a colourful spectacle with music, dance and comical interludes, with the basic purpose of the ritual being to establish contact between the human world and the world of spirits and gods.

The final event in our Korean cultural events series is a Living Treasures Day on Saturday 18 September. A day of events and activities to celebrate the rich culture of Korea. Highlights include lectures, film screenings, live performance, children’s art activities and more! - ends - Notes for Editors:

Tuesday 20 July, 6pm in the Manaia Room Mansu Taetak Kut: Korean Shaman Lecture Members free, others gold coin donation.

Thursday 22 July, 7.30pm in the Museum Foyer Mansu Taetak Kut: Korean Shaman Performance Member free, others gold coin donation. Please bring a cushion.

Saturday 18 September Korean Cultural Living Treasures Day Admission by Museum donation. $5 per adult is appreciated, children are free.

ENDS

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