Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival
Oct. 7th – 11th, 2015
Namsadang was a group of entertainers who performed acrobatics, dance, and songs while visiting markets and villages during the late Joseon Dynasty. As Korea’s first popular entertainer group composed of professional performing artists and led by Kkokdusoe (the head of the group), the group decided the content of a performance, honed their skills, and performed pungmul nori (Korean traditional percussion music performance), tightrope walking, mask play, chang (singing), puppet show, and acrobatics (circus) while touring markets and village across the nation. The group consisted of some 40-50 members young and old.
Even after Baudeogi, who was Korea’s first female head of Namsadang, the descendants of Namsadang still preserve and develop Namsadang centering on Anseong and Seoul while based in Anseong, which used to be the home ground of Namsadang. Since 2001, “Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival” has been held every year to commemorate Korea’s first female Kkokdusoe, Baudeogi and to succeed and develop the Namsadang culture as a world cultural heritage. Baudeogi Festival was designated in 2006 as a festival of the UNESCO Official Consultation & Cooperation Body, and it has now become the global festival that uses Korean tradition as its theme. This year, Baudeogi Festival will be held for 5 days from October 7 to 11 after a street parade as an opening ceremony on October 6.
Period: Oct. 7th – 11th, 2015
Address: 198, Namsadang-ro, Bogae-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
Venue: Anseong Machum Land