Chuseok 2023 with Connect: North Korea

Thank you again to all those that came out to enjoy Chuseok with us in September 2023. We were delighted to host this very special event in collaboration with the North Korean community, to celebrate and share the joy of this traditional holiday.

Chuseok is a major mid-autumn harvest festival and a three-day holiday in Korea. It’s often compared to a thanksgiving holiday, as families come together to honour their ancestors and show gratitude to their families.

At our event, we showcased impressive performances from North Korean people. Connect: North Korea’s dance group performed first, showing the confidence they have gained over the last year. The group has 9 members, runs weekly classes, and performs at community events.

Min-ah, one of the dance group members told us, “It might seem like something small to others, but the opportunity to dance and perform has grown my confidence in ways I never thought possible.”

We also had a performance from classical musician and North Korean escapee, Emily Yeyoung, who stunned our guests with her remarkable talent. Playing Western music is forbidden in North Korea. As such, Emily Yeyoung’s newfound liberty and her ability to proudly perform music from all over the world has become a fierce symbol of the power of freedom.

Emily Yeyoung also works with Connect: North Korea as a music teacher, delivering music sessions to North Korean children. These classes help students learn new skills whilst also supporting their mental health in a safe environment. 

We’re grateful to everyone that supports our events and our programmes so that we can continue to support North Korean escapees build the new lives they deserve.

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