Korean Cultural Center
August 2017

Upcoming & Local Events*


Free Movie Sneak Preview: The Battleship Island (군함도)

Thursday, August 3 at 7 pm

Landmark's E Street Cinema (555 11th St NW, DC)

To whet your appetite for the Freer|Sackler's Korean film festival this fall, we are teaming up with CJ Entertainment to present an exclusive prerelease screening. The Battleship Island is a major new movie from Ryoo Seung-wan, director of the blockbusters Veteran and The Berlin File, and Hwang Jung-min, star of the wildly popular Ode to My Father. During World War II, some 400 Korean civilians were conscripted by Imperial Japan as slave labor to work in the coal mines of Hashima Island, nicknamed "Battleship Island" due to its resemblance to a war vessel. Free,

but admission is first come first served only. Details or FB event


Exhibition Opening Reception: From Nature

Friday, August 4 at 6:00 pm

Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. 

Join us for the opening of From Nature, a new exhibition featuring six Korean artists who explore what it means to espouse the values found in nature--form, flow, utilization of resources--In their art and life. From Nature remains on display through August 31, 2017. Details & RSVP here.


Bae Bae K-Pop Dance Party: Hot Summer

Friday, August 11 at 10:30 pm - 3 am

U Street Music Hall (1115 U Street NW, DC) 

Come beat the summer heat this August with Bae Bae, DC's biggest k-pop dance party! We'll be playing over four hours of k-pop and k-hip-hop at U Street Music Hall, a DJ-owned and operated club featuring one of the city's best sound systems. Our popular midnight dance contest and idol photo booth are back (check out the photo policy below). And, as always, there will be lots of opportunities for you to win awesome k-pop prizes. This event is 18+ only. FB event details & tickets.


Asian Youth Orchestra with Sarah Chang

Wednesday, August 9 at 8:00 pm

Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

Sarah Chang, "one of the most consistently satisfying violinists currently active" (The New York Times), joins Asia's premier pre-professional orchestra featuring the finest young musicians from East Asia. A Pre-Performance Discussion is offered this evening on the Old Farmhouse Lawn. These discussions offer insight and interpretation of the evening's performance. Details & Tickets here


SsingSsing at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (FREE)

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 6 PM

Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (

2700 F St NW)

What do you get when you mix authentic, traditional Korean vocals with rock band flare, then add in some extravagant visuals and a transfixing stage presence? You get SsingSsing, Korea's top rock/folk fusion act. SsingSsing blends styles with components of ballads, pop, and spiritual rituals. FREE; no RSVP Required; seating is first come first served. Website and event details. 


2017 Pyeongchang Special Music and Art Festival

August 10-14, 2017

City of Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, Korea

As a legacy event of 2013 Winter Special Olympics in Pyeongchang, PSMF this annual global music & art festival for people with intellectual disabilities is the sole such festival in the world. It offers plenty of opportunities to dance, sing, chat, perform, make global friends and unforgettable moments, with inspirational performances, activities, and messages to change the world. More information here.


*Upcoming and local events are not necessarily sponsored by or affiliated with the Korean Cultural Center. Know of an upcoming Korea-related event? Email AWOJ@koreaembassy.org to let us know.




The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is dedicated to promoting understanding of Korea and Korean culture, and to strengthening Korea-US ties through art exhibitions, performances, educational programs, partnerships, and support for local events in the Capital area. The KCC also distributes free informational materials about Korea and manages www.KoreaCultureDC.org. Walk-in guests are welcome Monday to Friday, 9 am to noon and 1:30 to 5:30 pm. 

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