July 17, 2013 / Issue No. 589
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Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
Korea’s most off-beat film festival features 141 entries from 21 countries
With just a few weeks left before the opening of Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), its organizers have revealed 21 entries for the It Project, run by the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF). Whittled down from 141 entries hailing from 21 countries, this year’s NAFF selection showcases some of the best young and veteran genre talent from across Asia and the rest of the world. In recent years, NAFF has acted as a spawning ground for Asian genre films.
PERIOD: Jul 18–28
VENUE: Various theaters in Bucheon
MORE INFO: T. 032-327-6313, www.pifan.com
GETTING THERE: Songnae Station 송내역 (Line 1), Exit 2. Use the PiFan express shuttle for free transportation
Pop legend Quincy Jones will hold a concert for the first time in Korea on July 25, bringing a team of his Global Gumbo artists. The concert is prepared as part of his world tour marking his 80th birthday. Jones has an illustrative career as composer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, and multimedia entrepreneur. Jazz vocalists participating in the Korea tour include Patti Austin, James Ingram, and Nikki Yanofsky, while jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and 11-year-old prodigy pianist Emily Bear will also join the team.
DATE: Jul 25, 8pm
VENUE: SK Olympic Handball Arena
ADMISSION: KRW 99,000–176,000
MORE INFO: T. 1544-1555
GETTING THERE: Olympic Park Station 올림픽공원역 (Line 5), Exit 3
Alphonse Mucha—Art Nouveau and Utopia
Czech artist Alphonse Mucha was one of the leading artists of the Art Nouveau movement, displaying his immense talents in painting, decorative arts, arts and crafts and illustration. In fact, in wouldn’t be an exageration to say that Art Nouveau began and ended with him. Some 235 works are on display.
VENUE: Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center
PERIOD: Jul 11–Sep 22
ADMISSION: KRW 12,000
MORE INFO: T. 1666-2775, www.mucha2013.com
GO: Nambu Bus Terminal Station 남부터미널역 (Line 3), Exit 5. Transfer to shuttle bus, or green bus No. 4429.
Boryeong Mud Festival
During the hugely popular Boryeong Mud Festival, everyone is happy to be covered in mud from head to toe. Now in its 16th year, the festival will run July 19–28 on Daecheon Beach, taking advantage of the abundant mud found in nearby tidal flats.
Tourists flock to the beach to experience the beneficial properties of Boryeong mud; the mud is considered rich in minerals and used to manufacture cosmetics. Festivalgoers also have their pick of fun activities, like the Mr. Mud contest, mud wrestling, mud races, and even a mud boot camp. Colored mud is also produced for body painting.
Those looking for a more laid-back experience can opt for mud facials, pottery demos, soapmaking, and lounging on the beach. A big stage is erected for live music, competitions, and various other types of entertainment. A small market runs along the seafront selling cosmetics made from Boryeong mud. In the evening, music and fireworks enliven the party on the beach.
VENUE: Mud Plaza, Daecheon Beach, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
PERIOD: Jul 19–28
ADMISSION: KRW 6,000–10,000
MORE INFO: T. 010-5438-4865, www.mudfestival.or.kr
GO: Head for Daecheon Station 대천역 by train or Boryeong by intercity bus. Then transfer to a local bus bound for Daecheon Beach
A beautiful Jeju-do sunset near Jeju City. Photo by Arnab Sen.
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