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This summer, a festival for everybody


Summer is the season for festivals, and this time, there seems to be one for everybody: Music fans have the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival and the Busan International Rock Festival, both on the beach, literary fans have the “mystery novel school,” movie buffs have film festivals and even photographers and potters have their own events.
The following is a sampling of some of Korea’s more entertaining festivals this summer.

by JoongAng Ilbo reporting team

* Starting July 26 in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, Kim You-jeong’s Literature Village will host a literature camp to commemorate the late writer, who worked during the Japanese imperial era. This camp is intended for middle and highschool students, but the public is also welcome. Authors such as Shin Kyung-sook and Lee Soon-won will conduct literature lectures and creative writing sessions. The camp will also have other programs, such as picking peaches, a composition contest, trips to Kim You-jeong’s work sites and others. The camp costs 50,000 won ($52). For more information, call 033-261-4650.

* The Korean Mystery Novelist Association will host a summer “mystery novel school” in Hoengseong, Gangwon province, for two nights. The participating authors including Lee Sang-woo and Kim Nam, as well as 40 other major national mystery novelists. The association president, Kim Seong-jong, and a lecturer for the Korean Investigation Institution will talk about how to write mystery novels. The school will also hold a mystery composition contest. The event costs 100,000 won for adults and 80,000 won for middle and highschool students. Call (02) 3142-3221.

* Starting Saturday in Young-weol, Gangwon province, the 5th Dong Gang Photo Festival will be held through July 31. Winning photos of last year’s contest will be on display. A Dong Gang photo workshop, an open photography tutorial and displays of elementary school students’ photo essays will also take place. Call 033-370-2226.

* In Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province, the 5th Banggok Firewood Kiln Festival will be held in the town’s ceramics village. There will be a national pottery wheel-spinning contest and a special hands-on session to make pottery. Call 043-421-5020.

* It’s been seven years since the last Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, from July 28 through 30, was held. It’s called “Korea’s Woodstock” for its sheer size, and will be held in a huge event hall in Songdo, in Incheon. Up to 60 national and international musicians will participate in what is the nation’s largest music festival. Foreign groups such as England’s Placebo, the popular hip-hop group Black-Eyed Peas, the five-member New York-based group The Strokes, the Scottish five-piece Snow Patrol and others will perform. The Korean performers include Sinawe, Crash, Vassline, Psy, N.E.X.T., Wind City and others. Admission costs 80,000 won for one day, 120,000 won for two days and 150,000 won for three days.

* Rock fanatics also have the Busan International Rock Festival, Aug. 5 to 7, which will kick off on the vast sandy beach of Busan’s Dadaepo. The theme of the festival this year is “Ocean.Youth.Love.” Fifteen groups from Japan, England, the United States and Germany will be on stage, including UFO, Andrew WK and Edguy. On Aug. 6, Korean and Japanese indie bands will open a club party in the vicinity of Busan National University. For more information, go to

* The Chuncheon Puppet Festival will open at Ggokdugaksi Theater on Aug. 8 and run through the 15. The event will host Korean puppet companies, with 40 professionals and 31 amateurs, including jugglers, acrobats and various stunt performers. Seoulites can take a train from Cheongnyangri Station to Chuncheon. For more information, go to

* The 6th Milyang Summer Performing Arts Festival starts Friday and runs through Aug. 1. It’s a camp hosted by young adult theater companies and college troupes. The opening performance will be “Mother Courage and Her Children.” Go to

* The Gyeong-nam Geochang International Theater Festival, in South Gyeongsang province, will have “street theaters’ in the vicinity of the recreational center Suseungdae, starting today. Up to 47 groups from 10 countries will participate, performing family shows, experimental shows, musicals, ballets and other performances.
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