Jung Sung-sub

Consul-General of the Republic of Korea

Message from the Consul-General of the Republic of Korea

Good morning everyone.

I would like to welcome everyone here on this beautiful day to the first Korea Festival in Melbourne.

The people of the Republic of Korea are deeply saddened by the tragic sinking of the ferry Sewol off the West Sea of Korea last month.
I stand my deepest condolences to the victims of the horrific incident and their families. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Alex Chernov, and Mrs Chernov, for sending us their heartfelt messages of condolences and prayers on behalf of all Victorians. We had considered cancelling or delaying the Festival given the tragedy but decided to proceed with the event to show our resilience.

Ever since the founding of the country, the Republic of Korea has overcome numerous crises and challenges. We rose over the Korean War, the Asian Financial Crisis and the Global Financial Crisis. Now, based on the sad lessons learnt from the sinking of the Sewol, the Korean Government will overhaul its national governance paradigm to become one of the safest and most secure countries in the world.

After the opening of the Korean Consulate-General in December 2012, the Consulate-General and the Korean community in Victoria have made concerted efforts to hold the first ever Korea Festival.
Through the Festival, we aim to introduce traditional and contemporary Korean culture to Victorians and thereby promote harmony and understanding within Victoria's multicultural society.

The Festival would not have been possible without the support of the Korean government, the Victorian government and our sponsoring companies. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our sponsors. I also appreciate the hard work of all the performers, planning team, and volunteers.

Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge the presence of Hon. Alex Chernov, Governor of Victoria, and Mrs Chernov, the Hon. Heidi Victoria, Minister for the Arts, Mr chin Tan, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Ambassador John Richardson, Director of the department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Victoria State Office, Colleagues of the Consular Corps, Mr Andrew Crisp, Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police, Mr Vic Dey, President of the Korea Veterans' Association of Australia, and many other distinguished guests. I thanks you for attending and supporting this event.

The Korea Festival showcases traditional and contemporary Korean culture through various performances and music. The Festival features a beautiful traditional costume Hanbok fashion show as well as a mouth-watering Korean cooking show with free tasting. Korea food is being recognised across the world as not only tasty but healthy too. You can also see a Korean traditional wedding ceremony, a Korean martial arts Taekwondo demonstration and a performance by Korean language students. Last but not least, there will be an exciting K-pop contest. Through a competitive process, the contestants won their place here today. We look forward to their wonderful performances. There will also be a raffle draw at the conclusion of the Festival with amazing prizes. I hope you will enjoy all these engaging activities of the first Korea Festival. This event will be held every year into the future.

Thank you again for being with us today and now I would like to introduce the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Alex Chervnov to the stage. Please join me in giving him a warm welcome.