Everything you need to know about the 2023 Andong International Mask Dance Festival – Complete Guide and Tips you must know!

Andong Mask Festival

Korea offers a plethora of festivals that allow you to delve deep into its history. One such festival that captivates both locals and international visitors alike is the Andong International Mask Dance Festival. If you’re not familiar with this colorful celebration, don’t worry; I am here to take you on a virtual journey through this vibrant cultural extravaganza.

What is the Andong International Mask Dance Festival?

The Andong International Mask Dance Festival is an annual cultural event held in Andong, South Korea. It is one of South Korea’s most famous and significant traditional mask festivals, attracting both domestic and international visitors. It celebrates the country’s rich cultural heritage by showcasing various traditional mask dances, performances, and folk art. The festival also features a wide range of events and activities, including mask dance performances, parades, mask-making workshops, and cultural exhibitions.

 

Watch a quick promo video provided by the Andong City.

What to Expect?

The Andong International Mask Dance Festival offers a variety of dining options, sightseeing attractions, entertainment and experiential activities, so be prepared to just enjoy and have fun. This year, the festival’s theme is “Blooming Masks and Mask Dance.” Here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect:

Andong Mast Festival

1. Dazzling Mask Dance Performances: At the Mask Dance Park festival grounds, prepare to be enchanted by a series of mesmerizing performances. Explore 13 different regional Korean mask dances, such as Bongsan Talchum and Gasan Ogwangdae. Moreover, international acts from countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Mongolia will grace the stage. Check the festival’s program page on their website for detailed schedules and locations.

2. K-POP Extravaganza and EDM Parties: Get ready to groove to the beats of K-POP and EDM during the festival. Expect appearances by celebrities, especially on the 3rd day when K-pop stars like STACY, Bewhy, Woody, and Crying Nut take the stage. On October 3rd, 4th, and 6th, immerse yourself in the world of EDM with performances by Boombeatz, DJ Sapo, and more!

3. Interactive Experiences for All Ages: With over 50 diverse activities, the festival ensures there’s something for everyone. From riding traditional sedan chairs to crafting your own masks, both adults and kids can enjoy hands-on experiences. 

4. Mouthwatering Delicacies: No festival is complete without delectable food, and the Andong Mask Dance Festival is no exception. Throughout the festival grounds, you’ll find a tempting array of treats, from skewers and fish cakes to local specialties. There are even popular franchise outlets like Angel-in-us Coffee and Lotteria.

5. Captivating Photo Zones: Everywhere you turn, you’ll encounter stunning masks from around the world. Take the opportunity to appreciate masks from various countries and capture breathtaking photos at these designated photo spots.

6. Sunwu Jultagi (선유불놀이) – A Timeless Spectacle: One of the festival’s highlights is the Sunwu Jultagi, a mesmerizing tightrope walking performance that dates back 450 years to the Hahoe Village. This recreation showcases the noblemen of that era enjoying boat rides, the melodious tunes of Gayageum and Janggu instruments, and the breathtaking descent of fireworks from the tightrope.

7. Dance for Everyone: This parade brings together citizens, tourists and international performance teams in a jubilant procession. Join in the fun, dance to the beat, and let loose in a celebration of the mask dance festival’s spirit. Not only that, you can learn the art of mask dancing under the guidance of experts, followed by lively post-lesson gatherings.

8. And so much more!: There are many exciting and fun programs to look forward to, including talent shows, the World Creative Mask Competition, Maskdance Sketch Contest, Courtyard Plays, Original Drama Plays, and performances by local cultural artists! For in-depth details  schedules for each event and program, please refer to the official website of the festival(link provided down below). 

Further Explore Andong

The Andong International Mask Dance Festival unfolds in the charming city of Andong, nestled within the North Gyeongsang Province of South Korea. Andong is often referred to as the “Living Museum of Korea” because it preserves a remarkable amount of the country’s cultural heritage. The city is home to numerous ancient villages, temples, and traditional architecture, providing insight into Korea’s history and traditions. 

The festival goes beyond its boundaries to enrich your cultural experience with nearby attractions. So while you’re in the vicinity of the festival, I highly recommend a visit to the Hahoe Folk Village, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is an absolute must-see. This traditional Korean village boasts well-preserved thatched-roof houses, offering a genuine glimpse into rural life as it once was. At Hahoe Village, you can actively engage in traditional cultural activities like grain grinding and bamboo screen crafting. Additionally, don’t miss the chance to soak in the historic ambiance at Dosanseowon Confucian Academy. These sites host a variety of events, including immersive media art displays, thematic theatrical performances, and readings of Confucian classics.

The Andong International Mask Dance Festival is an immersive cultural journey that invites you to explore the soul of South Korea. With its diverse offerings, from mask dances to street parades and cultural workshops, it’s an unforgettable celebration of tradition and creativity. Hope you do not miss this chance to explore the creative fun of Korea! If you can’t make it to the festival in person, fret not; it will be live-streamed online. Keep an eye on the festival’s website for detailed information. 

Event Details

When October 2nd ~ 9th, 2023
Where Old Andong Station, Andong Downtown, and Talchum Park

684 Gyeongdong-ro, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경북 안동시 경동로 684)
Price *Entrance to Festival is free, but to watch performances at the Mask Dance Performance Hall requires a ticket. Tickets can be bought on site.
Adults: 8000KRW
Students: 6000KRW
Inquiries Homepage: www.maskdance.com/eng/main.asp
*All the details and time schedule of the festival’s programs can be found on the homepage. 

Tel: (+82) 054-840-3400
Email: webmaster@maskdance.com
Instagram: @andongtour

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