The aim of the UT Korean Culture Club is to unite fans of Korean culture, so we can introduce and promote different aspects of Korean culture together. Events take place throughout the academic year.
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All the events are also supported by the Korea Foundation.
Upcoming events in 2018/2019:
Facebook Event on Facebook
The ‘1st Korean Traditional Dance Festival: Performance and Class’ will be held in Tartu on the 12th of October.
We have invited the Korean traditional dance ensemble "Arirang" to perform and teach Korean folk dances. They will be performing 3 Korean traditional dances and in addition to the beautiful performances, the audience will learn about the history of the dances in a 20-minute presentation.
In order to become even more knowledgeable in Korean traditional dance, “Arirang” is going to carry out two dance classes. In the first class, you will have the chance to learn the Korean Fan Dance (Buchaechum 부채춤). In the second class, “Arirang” will be teaching the Royal Court Dance (Jeongjae 정재).
Dance performance and classes are free of charge, however, you need to register for the dance classes because the number of participants in each class is limited. Registration will end when the groups are full. The registration link will soon be published on the event's Facebook page.
Anyone can come and enjoy the performances. No registration needed.
The festival is held in English.
See you there!
The event is supported by the Academy of Korean Studies.
Kpop Dance Festival is coming back for the 3rd time!
This time even better and bigger with dance performances AND dance classes by SOTO Dance Studio and, of course, with the annual Kpop dance cover competition. Anyone, from professional to amateur, is free to participate in the friendly competition which gives an opportunity for Kpop fans to perform the routines of their favourite artists, to celebrate the art of dance and to just have fun together.
If you want to perform solo or with a group, you can register here: https://goo.gl/forms/3ELj12VISVRbmleg2
NB! Registration for performances ends on October 15th!
We will then contact you separately via email.
All the competition participants will receive a gift bag. And as in previous years, we will have the audience pick their favourites, but this year there will be 3 winners of the popular vote: solo winner and 2 group winners.
Dear members of the audience, who are coming to enjoy the performances, support your friends or just coming to enjoy a day filled with Kpop, you are all welcome to join the Random Play Dance we have planned AND/OR any of the Kpop dance classes that will be carried out by SOTO Dance Studio.
PS! The programme might experience minor changes.
All the events mentioned above are FREE OF CHARGE.
The festival is held in English.
The event is supported by the Academy of Korean Studies, LuxExpress and Holika Holika.
more information coming soon
Previous events in 2017/2018:
Moderators: Eliza Podburtnaja, Kristina Piksar, Elisabeth Rips
13:00 -14:30 Opening ceremony
Facebook Event on Facebook
Moderator: Roland Schimanski
The film is about the poet Yun Dong-ju who is known to be the most loved by Koreans. In this movie, Yun Dong-ju's poems are recited with the voice of actor Kang Haneul.
Yun Dong-ju (윤동주 1917 –1945). Born and raised in northern Manchuria during the Japanese colonial period of Korea, Yun Dong-ju was a poet of the utmost purity, beauty, and sincerity. Known for his lyric poetry as well as resistance poetry.
Moderator: Jason Mario Dydynski
May 5th is Korea's Children's Day, a public holiday. In order to understand and experience Korea's children's culture one day before this day, we will fold a traditional Korean toy, Ddagji(딱지), and play a slap-match game with it. The event will be led by paper artist Jason Mario Dydynski.
On this day, Ddagji will be folded into two types, for which Korean traditional paper will be provided free of charge. However, in order to play a slap-match game with Ddagji, thick paper like calendars and boxes are needed.
Originally in Korea, Ddagji is folded with these thick waste paper. So if you collect the thick waste papers from now on and bring this day and make Ddagji with them, you will definitely get authentic Ddagji 딱지, and good luck for the game will be with you too.
For reference, here is 'folding and playing Ddagji' by Kpop group Tintop: http://m.star.naver.com/news/end?id=6146819
Facebook Event on Facebook.
This year, the Korean language drama festival will be part of a bigger Korean culture evening organised by the University of Tartu within the programme Tartu - Rich in Cultures. The more detailed programme will be published soon.
- You can use an existing Korean drama script (an abridged edition or one-several scenes from the original Korean script or English translation) or create a new Korean script.
- Choose a type of script: your own creation in Korean / adaptation of a Korean script / English translation of a Korean script
- Choose a genre: theatre style drama (mainly acting) or musical (combining dance, singing and acting)
- Number of performers: 1-10 and up to seven assisting crew members (ex. director, playwright, light, sound, costume, stagehands if necessary)
- Duration: short (5~10 min), medium (10~20 min) or long (20~30 min)
Fill your performance application here - by March 27th!.
Moderators: Daniel Valdma, Karl-Hendrik Henno
If you are interested in presenting and discussing Korean History, Culture and Arts for the seminar, please apply by Thursday, March 8th. Everyone interested is alo welcome just to attend and listen to the presentations.
To apply for the seminar, please submit a comment in the Facebook event or send a message to Jung Ran Park with your presentation title and a brief introduction. If you are a student, information such as name, school and major is required, if you are not a student, name and job title or past career. The presenter should write a 20-minute presentation in PowerPoint or Word file and send it to the panelists (moderators) until midnight on Wednesday, April 4th. The number of presenters and panelists required for the seminar is 5~7 as the presenters and 3~4 as the panelists to discuss each presentation.
1. Inhyuk Suh - Comparison of usage of honorific language between Korea and Estonia (한국과 에스토니아에서의 존댓말 사용법 비교)
Do you speak English?
영어 할 줄 아세요? Kas te räägite inglise keelt?
영어 할 줄 알아? Kas sa räägid inglise keelt?
Both Korean and Estonian languages have honorific version of language. However, the usage of it is pretty different. Estonians use honorific when they speak with not close people but Koreans use it when they speak to the olders. Let’s compare the usage of it in two countries!
Currently studying the MA program “International Law and Human Rights” in Tartu University.
Also teach “Korean language” and “Korean Society and Politics” in Tallinn University of Technology.
2. Elina Sinijärv - "Estonian Koryo-saram - Survived In Translation"
Korean teacher, translator and Korean Affairs
3. Amber Loon Johnsonn - Korean Folktales: Exploring Cultural Value In Selected Folktales, Comparing Traditional and Modern-Day Storytelling Approaches
Amber Johnson is a fourth-year undergraduate student from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She studies International Relations with concentrations in Global Strategy and Europe-Asia Regional Studies. She currently is on an exchange at the University of Tartu. Her interest in international mediums of storytelling is a personal passion; she is convinced that establishing connections with culture through language in writing and filmography remain powerful methods of intercultural exchange and she eagerly invites you to share in her findings.
Discussion for 1st Session
1. Jason Mario Dydynski - 난 지금 귀엽죠? - Am I cute now? The use of “cuteness” in the design and marketing of Korean beauty products
Jason Mario Dydynski is a PhD student in Semiotics and Cultural Studies. He studies the perception of cuteness and how biological and cultural factors play a role in what we find cute, his current research focus includes cute animals, animal characters/mascots, and object design. Dydynski is currently researching cross cultural preferences in cuteness between Estonia, South Korea, and the United States. He has an oddly high amount of shirts with cats on them, and if anyone asks his favorite Korean Drama is Age of Youth, but he will secretly never get over Boys over Flowers.
2. Wasin Punthong - Post-human reading of Train to Busan : Zombie, Biopolitics, and South Korean Society
Wasin Punthong is pursuing the International Masters of Economy, State and Society with reference to Central and Eastern Europe. He spent his first year at University College London and currently doing his second year at Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. His research interests include biopolitics, post-humanism, the politics of Baltic Sea Region and pop culture in international relations. He can be reached by email; wasin.punthong [ät] gmail.com
3. Mia Istok - Comparison of the propaganda posters and art of socialist Czechoslovakia and DPRK (North Korea)
Michaela Istokova BA (Hons) is a 28 year old freelance visual designer and illustrator from Slovakia living in Finland. She studied at the University of Hertfordshire, Comenius University in Bratislava and Prague College in Prague. As a 1/4 Korean she is deeply interested in all matters Korean and in the country of her paternal ancestors, North Korea.
4. Roland Schimanski - "The central problem of sociobiology in the context of South Korean society"
Roland Schimanski is currently pursuing his MA degrees in sociology and analytic philosophy. In sociology, his research focus has so far been on theoretical sociology and social stratification; in philosophy, his main interests are formal logic and analytic metaphysics (of time). Recently his interest has turned to evolutionary biology and human sociobiology.
Discussion for 2nd Session
Looking forward to your participation in the second UT KCC Korean Studies seminar!
Moderator: Elisabeth Rips
Through this event, you will be closer to Korean traditional patterns and letters (한글, Hangul) and have your own unique bookmark and sticker. Participants will be provided with various traditional patterns, plain small paper bookmarks and stickers for this event. In addition, you can make your own items by bringing your favorite materials, such as colored pencils and paints, to decorate traditional patterns.
Admission is free!
16 February at 19:00 (Lossi 3-307)
About 《Masquerade》 (광해: 왕이 된 남자; Gwanghae: Wang-i Doen Namja; lit. Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King): it is a 2012 South Korean historical film starring Lee Byung-hun in dual roles as the bizarre King Gwanghae and the humble acrobat Ha-sun, who stands in for the monarch when he faces the threat of being poisoned. With 12.3 million tickets sold, this historical movie is currently the sixth highest-grossing movie in Korean film history. Also, it swept the 49th Grand Bell Awards, winning in 15 categories, including Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Actor (see more at: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masquerade_(2012_film).
11 November at 16:00, Venue: Tartu Üliõpilasmaja (Kalevi 24)
Moderators: Eliza Podburtnaja, Kristina Piksar, Jason Mario Dydynski
It's time for K-pop fans to unite again!
The K-pop dance festival gives the opportunity for all K-pop fans to perform the dance routines of their favourite artists. Put your team together or perform a solo act and sign up here. Applications are due on November 5th!
All performers shall receive a complimentary gift and we'll also vote for the audience's favourite acts.
Everyone interested is welcome to attend and watch the performances, after all popular culture is one way of learning something new about another culture.
The event is free of charge and supported by the Korea Foundation.
Let's join together and play various traditional games like Tuho, Jeggi, Yutnori, Gonggi, Biseok-Chigi, Paengii to enjoy this day and learn more about Korean culture.
Chuseok, also known as Hangawi, is a harvest celebration and one of the most important holidays in Korea. This year, Chuseok falls on October 4!
*Moderators: Kristina Piksar, Eliza Podburtnaja
"Secret Reunion" is a 2010 South Korean spy thriller film directed by Jang Hoon, and one of the highest grossing Korean films of 2010.
*Subtitles in English
*Moderator: Roland Schimanski