Festival set to celebrate 'Arirang' 2014/10/04, Source,
The traditional folk song "Arirang" makes most Korean adults feel somewhat sorrowful, as it reminds them of the nation's struggle for independence from Japan's colonial rule and decades of division and separation with North Korea. But despite the mournful emotions the music stirs, the organizing committee for this year's Arirang Festival says it hopes people will "sing of hope and harmony" because the folk song can also be reworked in a positive way, accompanied by dancing or various musical instruments. The Arirang Festival was established last year to celebrate the song's official recognition on Unesco's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,...More
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