There is a planning meeting tonight for anyone interested in helping out... first-time members welcome! We will also get ready for this weekend's KORUS Korean Festival Street Team Event.
The KORUS festival needs volunteers, and the festival is in 2 1/2 weeks. The festival is a 3 day celebration of Korean/American culture... the largest in the DC area (and probably on the East Coast). This year performers include HELLOVENUS. This is our 3rd year helping the festival, and we have a larger role this year. The festival will be in September (near the time of the Korean thanksgiving holiday "Chuseok"). The name KORUS is for KORean and US.
Same as in 2011 and 2012, we've been asked to help brainstorm, plan, learn, plan other special events, along with discuss other ideas such as activities.
This is the "big" regular meeting, held mostly in Korean. Most of the people attending are not meetup group members - they are members & volunteers of the non-profit (KAAW), or other planning volunteers. The formal meeting starts at 6:30pm, but we can & should arrive and meet-&-greet from 6 to 6:30.
Food (snacks) may be provided. There is no cost to attend.
Park in the numbered spots for the building - #7004 - there are many spots in the parking lots. And parking is free.
KORUS planning meeting & events - how to tell them apart:
Regular full meeting ("big") meeting - held in Korean, run by the Director & staff of the KORUS festival
Special meetings for the different types of planning activities, such as: fundraising, PR (publicity), etc.
Awareness/fundraising events: these are new, and are to raise interest in the event, and/or to raise money
Poster/flyer distribution - in September there will be a need to put up the posters and small flyers (brochures). These "street teams" will meet to get instructions, and then go out to different locations. It's a lot of fun, and after there is a chance to meet again for dinner and to compare how the day went.
This event is the part of the series of meetings at the KAAW - Korean-American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area. KAAW is the non-profit that has organized the KORUS festivals every year.
Join us as we plan and help make this year's event bigger and better than ever!
No experience needed! No Korean language ability needed. The meeting will be held in Korean with English as well. The meeting will be a discussion of what needs to happen, and a chance to find out what you can do to help out.
Korean Festival Fact Sheet
The annual KORUS festival held each fall in Virginia, bringing together thousands of fans of Korean culture: music, food, entertainment, language, and more. The 3-day event is free, and offers live performances, with food available from many vendors.
The first festival was held in 2003 in Northern Virginia. Over the next several years, the size and reach of the event grew. The 2010 festival in Annandale, VA, had an estimate 70,000 attendees over 3 days. In 2012 the event was held in Bull Run Park in Virginia.
Past performers include:
Bboys - hip hop dance group
JUMP! (Martial arts comedy show)
Mikyoung Park - Korean singer
Kaba Modern - musical group
Kim Chung Soo - singer
Gamblerz Crew - hip hop dance group
traditional Korean dancers
Delicious food dishes served at the festival include bulgogi, kalbi, and ddokbokki, with side dishes including kimchi and rice.
Pictures from prior year's festivals: