[LECTURE] 2015 March Lecture - Nongak: Community Band Music, Dance and Rituals작성일   2015-02-23

Nongak, Community Band Music, Dance, and Rituals


Lecturer: Sangmee Bak

Professor, Cultural Anthropology, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies


  Nongak was inscribed on the Representative List of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2014. As Nongak has been one of the most widely-shared intangible cultural heritage in Korean society, Koreans were delighted when it was inscribed as the 17th intangible cultural heritage element on the UNESCO List. Koreans have enjoyed Nongak on significant occasions in their community lives, such as major holidays, beginning of a new year, and as part of other community rituals and festivals. The purposes of having Nongak performances in communities include appeasing gods, chasing evil spirits, praying for a rich harvest in spring and celebrating it during autumn festivals, and fund-raising for community projects.


  Nongak Bands consist of musicians who play traditional musical instruments (a percussion ensemble and sometimes wind instruments), dancers, acrobats, and other genres of entertainment, depending on regional variations. Nongak is an open and flexible genre of band music and dance in which both trained performers and lay people can actively participate. Nongak is a comprehensive performing art that includes music, dance, as well as religious components.


  Nongak shows cultural diversity with numerous regional variations in Korea. There are distinctive regional styles of Nongak, generally divided among five cultural centers. Within each area, differences exist from one village to another in band composition, performing style, rhythm and costumes. Nongak is undergoing a continuous process of evolution to meet the needs of changing society and culture. These characteristics enable Nongak to continue to be a meaningful part of today’s Koreans’ lives. Nongak helps to enhance solidarity and cooperation in the community and establishes a sense of shared identity among community members. For these reasons, Nongak continues to be at the core socio-cultural identities in modern Korea.





Education room (1st floor), Seoul Museum of History

55 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul


Date and Time

March 9th, 2015 (Mon)

11:30 A.M. to 13:00 P.M





Lunch Fee (optional)

10,000 won(Sandwich & drink) if you’d like to have one.

* Reservation for lunch is required.

* Donation receipt can be issued.

* Wire transfer to KEB a/c#631-000503-181 (YÉOL) or at the venue in cash


Contact (Registration required)


T: 02-745-5878

F: 02-736-5878


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