|2015 Rainbow Island Music & Camping Festival
Music, starlight and the beauty of Namiseom Island
The Rainbow Island Music & Camping Festival combines good music with the simple joy of sleeping under the stars. Hosted on the beautiful riverine island of Namiseom in Gapyeong, three sets — Holiday, Midnight Fantasy and Dreamville — feature performances by a dozen or so Korean artists and bands, including the Kim Chang Wan Band, Sultan of The Disco and Seoul-based samba school Escola Alegria. There’s also a “Rainbow Hippie Fleamarket,” among other events for the festival community. The real star, however, is the island itself, a small piece of rural tranquility less than an hour outside of Seoul.
VENUE: Namiseom Island, Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-do
PERIOD: June 6-21
MORE INFO: T. 010-3360-7846, rainbowfestival.co.kr (Korean)
ADMISSION: KRW 44,000-66,000
GETTING THERE: Shuttle buses are available to take you to Namiseom Island from Exit 9 of Hapjeong Station (Line 6) or Exit 2 of Sports Complex Station (Line 2). See the website for reservation information.
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Latin America Festival
Celebrate the beauty and passion of Latin American culture at Seongbuk-gu’s Latin America Festival. Take in performances of Latin American music and dance, do a bit of dancing yourself at the Best Latin Dance Contest, chug beer at the Beer Drinking Content, and yes, partake in the Limbo. And of course, sample the best foods Latin America has to offer.
VENUE: Seongbukcheon Fountain Square
DATE: June 13, noon-8 PM
MORE INFO: http://global.seoul.go.kr/seongbuk, T. 02-2241-6381
GETTING THERE: Exit 2, Hansung University Station (Line 4)
French Musical Gala Concert 2015
The stars of French musicals “Les Miserables” and “Notre-Dame de Paris” will be performing selections from each show at a gala concert at Kyung Hee University. Among the performers are Korean fan favorite Matt Laurent (Quasimodo from “Notre-Dame de Parisâ€), Robert Marien, Sophie Tremblay, Cyril Niccolai, Nadia Bel and Richard Charest. The singers will be accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.
VENUE: Grand Peace Palace, Kyung Hee University
DATES: June 12-13
MORE INFO: T. 02-961-9250, khugpp.khu.ac.kr
ADMISSION: KRW 77,000-110,000
GETTING THERE: Exit 1, Hoegi Station (Line 1)
Maksim Mrvica: First Solo Classical Concerts
Known for his crossover classical music, Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica comes to Suwon and Incheon. Extremely popular in Korea, Japan and Taiwan, Mrvica looks like he’d be more at home in a punk band with his arms covered in tatoos and spiked hair, and his concerts have a distinctively rock-ish, techno vibe, but his real love is classical, and on this tour he’ll remain faithful to this passion with selections from Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Chopin, with the unexpected addition of rock band Queen (Bohemian Rhapsody, no less). His concerts sell out quick — his October 2013 concert at Seoul’s Sejong Center set a sales record, in fact — so reserve your seat early.
VENUE: Suwon’s Gyeonggi Arts Center, Incheon Culture & Arts Center
DATES: June 12 (Suwon), June 13 (Incheon)
MORE INFO: ticket.interpark.com
ADMISSION: KRW 70,000-110,000
Performance Group TUIDA evoke Hamlet in a grotesquely comic way as four jesters dance and sing with bits and pieces the poor Hamlet left behind when he exited stage left. The performance, which combines puppeteering, clowning, singing and dance, has been a hit with Korean audiences since it debuted in 2005.
VENUE: National Theater Company of Korea’s Baik-Chang Theater
PERIOD: June 6-21
MORE INFO: T. 0505-369-5369
ADMISSION: KRW 10,000-30,000
GETTING THERE: Seoul Station (Line 1, 4, Gyeongui Line and AREX), Exit 4. The theater is across from the exit, which is on the AREX side of the station.
RASKB Excursion: Special exhibition on Korean Shamanism and Folk Beliefs
The RAS invites you to join a tour to the special exhibition on Korean Shamanism (musok) and Folk Beliefs of Korean villages at the National Folk Museum of Korea. Before entering into the special exhibition hall on Korean Shamanism, at the garden of the National Folk Museum of Korea, you will take a look around the variety of objects on Korean folk beliefs such as Sotdae, Jangseung, stone piles, stone sculptures of sexual organs, which were discovered easily at traditional villages in the past, a memorial gate & stone for the filial piety from Buan county, statues of civil officials (Muinseok), a stone tablet and an epitaph to be discovered near tombs as well as a replica of tomb.
The special exhibition is titled “Korean Shamanism from the Vision of Folklorist Kim Tae-gon”. At the ongoing exhibition you will be able to find rare relics and materials with regard to Korean Shamanism, collected by pioneering master folklorist, Kim Tae-gon.
VENUE: National Folk Museum of Korea
DATE: June 6 (2 PM–5 PM)
COST: KRW 20,000 for members and KRW 25,000 for non-members
MORE INFO: See this link.
GETTING THERE: See link above.
Beautiful sunset over Mt. Namsan, seen from the Graddhyllan cafe in Itaewon’s Gyeongnidan neighborhood. Photo by Robert Koehler.