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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-07-27 12:00:00 KST

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It's almost the weekend now and I know many of us are looking forward to rooting for the Korean team during the Olympics. People from all around the world are now in London to cheer their teams on, and for those of you who are there right now, our Michelle Kim is here to tell us about some events that have been created to introduce Korean culture to the global audience.

Hello Michelle

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So what events can we look forward to this weekend in London[Reporter : ] We only have one day left until the start of the fierce but friendly competition between countries from all around the world for the London Olympics. And for people who are visiting or already living in London, the Korean cultural institute is offering a series of film screenings, exhibitions, performances and fashion shows to introduce Korean culture to the world. Here are just some of the events that will be happening this weekend.

With all eyes on London, two Korean groups will highlight the beauty of traditional music in two concerts at the Southbank Center on the 28th and 29th.
In the first concert, the four-person band Gong Myung creates diverse rhythms and harmonies on a combination of 30 instruments.

On the following day, the ensemble Baram Ggot, which means Wind Flower, offers music played on traditional Korean instruments such as the gayageum, geomungo, dae-geum, jang-go and the drums. The sounds of the sitar, a traditional Indian instrument, are also part of the mix, and together the instruments create modernized melodies that they say, quote, "will give listeners an endless sense of the freedom of sound."

Elsewhere in London, fashion designer Lee Sang-bong puts his work on display in a fashion show at the Victoria and Albert Museum on the 30th. Lee is famous for using Chinese characters as accents on his clothing. His designs express the beauty of Korean traditions and are infused with a contemporary feel. The fashion show will be followed by a reception featuring Korean cuisine created by chef Leo Kang.
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