Dance+music

Dano Festival (Danoje) in Gangneung is not just a regular little party. It has been happening every year for over four hundred years (the exact date depends on the lunar calendar, so be sure to check it beforehand; it usually takes place in May or June) and its awesomeness has been confirmed by UNESCO who designated it a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. Hence, I needed to check whether the gig was as cool as advertised:) And I wasn’t disappointed.

Korean people respect their culture and celebrate it skilfully. It managed to survive all the numerous invasions (mostly by Japanese troops) and it has always been bringing Koreans together. And during the Dano festival itself for two weeks that culture is manifested in all sorts of forms: mask play, shaman singing, traditional hair dyeing, drums, barbecue, soju (Korean rice-based alcohol) – you will find something that…