The traditional singing-storytelling pansori (판소리) is well known beyond the borders of Korea. Even before its appointment as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2003, master singers gave guest performances in various European countries, including Germany, France, Poland, the UK, and many others. Non-Korean researchers and artists also show great interest into this idiosyncratic art, which is characterised by epic tales and vocal virtuosity, and today cross-border artistic collaborations are nothing unusual. At the same time, a lively pansori culture is emerging in Europe, with traditional workshops, competitions and new artistic works.

This sub-site of SeoulStages is dedicated to everything related to pansori performances in Europe, pansori performers from Europe, and pansori scholarship about Europe. I appreciate any input and suggest to use the tag “#europansori” in related social media postings.