Ketupat is to Malaysia what Kimchi is to Korea. The culture and taste may be different but when brought together the beauty and joy each culture exudes is still a wonderful experience. Such was the cultural experience that was evident at the cultural extravaganza “Beyond Ketupat and Kimchi, Celebrating Our Cultural Inheritance” a Korean and Malaysian cultural dance presentation.
The presentation was organised by event company ‘The Brain Truster’ led by Danielle Liang and ‘Prospect’ an NGO headed by State Assemblyman for Pasir Pinji, Howard Lee Chuan How. Second Secretary & Consul Embassy of the Republic of Korea Chung Chi Won drove down from Kuala Lumpur to grace the event that evening.
Korean national dance team Branch 2 Dance performed the traditional Korean dances while MBI’s dance team Gema Warisan Budaya presented traditional Malaysian dances. While the Korea dances were graceful, steeped with traditional meaning and even romantic the Malaysian performances were upbeat but equally graceful.
According to Liang of The Brain Truster the purpose of organizing the event was to create awareness for cultural heritage preservation to which there was an abundance of culture and art that night.
At the foyer of the Town Hall where the event was held was an art exhibition featuring works by Korean artist Josh Kim Tae Hoo.
Local well known artist Khor Seow Hee displayed his works while young local artist Kenji Wong presented his ‘installation art’ abstract creations which were quite evocative.
The finale for the night was the Malaysia Joget number where both troupes danced together for a truly “Muhibbah” experience.
Beyond Ketupat and Kimchi held two performances, the first at Penang PAC. According to Lee of Prospect this cultural presentation will be an annual event and next year his goal is to have a performance for a full week.