About Us & Korea Festival - Fort Wayne Sept. 16
Korea Festival – Fort Wayne (KFFW) is a cultural program dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusiveness through exchange of Korean arts, culture, food, and history in Fort Wayne. We hope to share the rich culture and intricacies of Korea with Fort Wayners.
In the news today, media sources often focus on the tension between North Korea and South Korea. However, the people and culture of South Korea actually encompass far more than this coverage. For example, since the catastrophic Korean War, which led to the complete destruction of the country, division of Korea to North and South, and death of countless American and Korean soldiers and civilians, South Korea has grown economically at an unprecedented rate. Today, South Korea is the home of multinational companies, such as Samsung, Hyundai, Kia, and LG, and the producer of KPOP music and Korean dramas. Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a vibrant center of cultural and financial exchange in Asia.
Fort Wayne is a diverse city with people from various different nationalities and ethnicities. KFFW hopes to highlight the interesting cultures of Fort Wayne in an exciting and open-armed way. During the Korea Festival, visitors can enjoy Korean dance, try on traditional Korean attire, learn about the culture through educational presentations, play Korean games, participate in demonstrations, and taste Korean food. In addition, there will be “KPOP Singing & Dancing Competition” for people of all ages to sing or dance to KPOP music in front of an audience. Our many programs are designed to engage visitors through fun and enriching activities!
Korea Festival is organized and managed by the Korean Saturday School (KSS). KSS is one of programs operated through IPFW Division of Continuing Education. All sponsorships and donations for the festival can be made through the IPFW Division of Continuing Education. Financial support of the Korea Festival is tax deductible as charitable contribution for tax purpose.
Organizing Committees for 2017 Korea Festival
Korea Festival Committee:
Chair: Eric Tippmann (Professor, IPFW)
Members: Sheena Choi (Professor, IPFW); Jinwoo Song (Pastor, Hanmawum Church); Mike Shim (Principal Engineer, BAE System); Mike Slaubaugh (Professor, IPFW)
Korea Festival Organizers:
Chief Executive Organizer: James Park (Principal of KSS)
Managing Organizer: Sunglim Shin (KSS Instructor), Hyun S Kim (KSS Instructor), Youngyeon Kim (Direct of Event Decoration)
Staff Organizer: Gaeun Lim (KSS Instructor), Brittney Bressler (KSS Instructor)