The work of one of Korea’s best-known poets will be shared with local audiences at a unique literary event in Burnaby.
The 2018 Canada Korea Literary Festival is coming on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Studio Theatre.
The 10th annual event is organized by the Korean Writers Association of Canada with a mission to share multicultural literature with the people of Metro Vancouver.
David W. Lee, chairperson and organizer, notes that the events have introduced poets from all over the world to the audience; through the poems, audiences can grow an understanding of each other’s cultures and what draws each culture together in Canada.
This year, the spotlight is on Sowol Kim, described in a press release as “the most famous poet in Korea.” Six members of the Korean Writers Association of Canada will read his poems in Korean, while six other English-speaking presenters will read them in English translation.
Ryu’s Taekwondo youth team will demonstrate traditional Korean martial arts, while the Joongang dance team will show traditional Korean dance. Other entertainment is slated to come from Adil Akcan, who will offer up accordion music, and the Gentlemen of Fortune a cappella group with barbershop harmonies.
Admission is free, but first-come, first-served. The Shadbolt Centre is at 6450 Deer Lake Ave.