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Opening of the 2015-2016 France-Korea Year

A majestic opening in Paris for the 2015-2016 France-Korea Year: a five-century ritual, Jongmyo Jeryeak, was presented for the first time outside Korea.
The 2015-2016 France-Korea Year began in Paris on September 18, 2015, with the Eiffel Tower illuminated in the colors of Korea and an exceptional performance of Jongmyo Jeryeak at the Théâtre national de Chaillot in the presence of Hwang Kyo-ahn, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea; Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development; and Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture and Communication. It was followed by a public performance on September 19.

Jongmyo Jeryeak at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris

A ritual presented once a year for over five hundred years in Korea, Jongmyo Jeryeak combines ritual dances and Confucian ceremonial music according to a tradition dating back to the 15th century.
It was presented at the Théâtre National de Chaillot, for the first time outside of Korea, in a historic form, bringing together on stage nearly 100 artists, dancers, singers and musicians from the National Gugak Center troupe (National Korean Institute of Traditional Dance and Music). This royal ancestral music was designated as a masterpiece in oral and intangible heritage of Humanity in 2001.


2015-2016 France-Korea Year

The 2015-2016 France-Korea Year will be celebrating 130 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
From September 2015 to August 2016, France will welcome the Korean Republic, an invitation opening up to the discovery of all the facets of an ancient and refined culture, buzzing with creativity and modernity through exhibits, concerts, performances, festivals, lectures, etc. The France-Korea Year will continue for a year of France in Korea from March to December 2016.
Some Highlights
  • The ‘‘Korea Now’’ exhibit: Design, Crafts, Fashion and Graphic Design’’, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris
  • The art of textile and embroidery through works by artist In-Sook Son, Musée Guimet, Paris
  • Korea, guest of honor at the “Techno Parade’’ in Paris
  • ‘‘Street Food Temple’’, Carreau du Temple, Paris
  • Autumn Festival in Paris: Pansori (story sung by Ahn Sooksun), Shamanic arts by Kim Kum-hwa, contemporary music by Unsuk Chin and choreographed works by Euh-Me Ahn, Paris
  • ‘‘Hypnotic Seoul’’ program at the Forum des images, Paris
  • Retrospective of filmmaker Im Kwon-taek, Cinémathèque française, Paris
  • ‘‘Séoul vite ! vite !’’ at the Tripostal, Lille
  • ‘‘The Future is Now!’’ exhibit at Friche Belle de Mai, Marseilles

Photograph: Jongmyo Jeryeak, opening of the 2015-2016 France-Korea Year, September 18, 2015 © Seo Heun-kang