Sunday, 11 October 2009

Drum for your Life

The only thing better than watching a drumming festival live, is watching a drumming festival live... in a forest... at night... for free.

A few weekends ago, a bunch of the other expat teachers and I ventured on a post ladies-night trip down to the Han river, in search of Seoul Forest. We had learned not too long ago that there was a drumming festival taking place there, so we figured we'd make a day of it and check out the happenings.

After a two hour walk along the river we found ourselves in the heart of Seoul's man-made forest, just after sunset. Greeted by the pounding of drums that literally resonated in our souls, we walked into the clearing to see thousands of people who had the exact same plans for Sunday evening as we did.

Check out some of the photos from this awesome International event.

The 2009 Seoul Drum Festival held in Seoul Forest in September, 2009.

This all-female group was awesome! They performed complicated drumming routines while still managing to look elegant and poised. A true talent, I think... and a wishful dream that I could be one of them!

The traditional Korean drum. "Goom-ta-ta-goom-ta-goom!"

This was a samba dancer who performed with the Brazilian troupe. Traditional drumming and music that made me feel I was back in Cuba... I was in heaven!

A small glimpse at the crowd that showed up for this wonderful event.

All in all, a fabulous way to spend a Sunday evening, I think.


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