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British rock band Deep Purple will hold a concert at Olympic Park on May 18 and 8 p.m. They are considered pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock. See MUSIC, below. Provided by Stage Factory


MUSIC



XIU XIU

Rolling Hall

Saturday: Art-pop band Xiu Xiu will wrap up their Korea tour this weekend in Hongdae. The band’s lush hooks and experimental structures have made them a must-see for fans of experimental rock.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 35,000 won ($31.40) to 40,000 won.

Sangsu Station, line No. 6, exit 1

http://supercolorsuper.com



BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

May 16: Violinist Kim Chee-yun will join the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the studio orchestra of the British broadcaster, on stage for this special performance sponsored by Hyundai Capital.

The performance will feature Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98, and Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra was founded by the well-known British conductor Adrian Bolt in 1930, and has served as the main orchestra for The BBC Proms classical music festival.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 50,000 won to 200,000 won.

Nambu Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

1577-5266, www.sac.or.kr



DEEP PURPLE LIVE IN SEOUL

Olympic Park, Olympic Hall

May 18:Heavy metal pioneers Deep Purple are stopping by Seoul as part of their 2010 world tour.

Formed in 1968, the band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They’ve had several hits over the years including “Black Night” and “Fireball.” In keeping with their hard rock persona, the band was once listed as the world’s loudest band in the Guinness Book of World records.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 130,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

1544-1555, http://ticket.interpark.com/global





THEATER



FAN YANG’S BUBBLE WORLD

Myungbo Art Hall

Ongoing: Canadian Fan Yang, who has been called the world’s greatest bubble artist, and his brother Jano Yang are presenting an inventive bubble show for the whole family to enjoy.

The show is a feast for the eyes, as the stage is filled with a myriad of marvelous bubble creations crafted by hand or using simple tools. Cascades of bubbles, creative lighting, a laser show and special effects lead the audience into a world of dreams and fantasy. Aside from being a display of artistic talent, the show is filled with plenty of opportunities for audience members to take in the scientific wonder and beauty of the bubbles.

The show begins at 3 p.m. on Mondays through Wednesdays, at 3 and 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, at 2, 4:30 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.

(02)-2263-9741, www.bubbleworld.co.kr



2010 SBS BOLSHOI ON ICE

Mokdong Ice Rink

To May 15: The popular Russian ice ballet troupe presents a dramatic interpretation of the opera Carmen.

Performances will take place every day except for Mondays. There will be one show at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; two shows at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and two shows at 1 and 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range from 34,000 won to 77,000 won.

Omokgyo Station, line No. 5, exit 2

(02) 6678-1122, www.ice-show.com



MONTE CRISTO

Universal Arts Center

To June 13: “Monte Cristo” is a musical retelling of Alexandre Dumas’s 1844 novel “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The musical follows Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who is wrongfully arrested during his engagement party for being a traitor to his country. To carry out his plan for revenge, Dantes transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo.

The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 3 and 7 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 60,000 won to 120,000 won.

Achasan Station, line No. 5, exit 3

1544-1555, http://ticket.interpark.com



HEY, BRO!

COEX Artium

To June 20: Selected as the No. 1 musical in Korea by the Chosun Ilbo following its debut in 2008, “Hey, Bro!” is a refreshing breakthrough in the world of musical theater.

This run features several renowned actors including Song Seung-hwan and Jang Yoo-jeong, as well as Lee Seok-jun, Kim Dong-wook and the comedian Jung Joon-ha.

The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 6 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 40,000 won to 80,000 won.

Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 5 or 6

(02) 738-8289, http://heybro.i-pmc.co.kr



KISS AND MAKE UP

The Good Theater

To June 30: The musical “Kiss and Make Up” is set on the battlefield of love. It tells the tale of one married couple who is looking for love, and another couple that fakes a divorce for money.

In this day and age, where one out of every two couples is divorced, the musical is a timely look at the challenges of marriage and love.

The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.

Hyehwa Station, line No. 4, exit 4

1544-1555, http://ticket.interpark.com



MIDNIGHT SUN

Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Sejong M Theatre

Friday to May 29: Based on a Japanese novel of the same name, “The Midnight Sun” is a musical focused on the pangs of a difficult romance. Kaoru suffers from a skin disease that restricts her from going outside during the day. She falls in love with a surfer who spends all of his time under the sun.

Girls’ Generation member Kim Tae-yeon will play Kaoru. The performance is directed by Hwang Jae-hun.

The musical starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 50,000 won.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 1 or 8

(02) 548-8690, www.sejongpac.or.kr







TRADITIONAL KOREAN PERFORMANCE



TRADITIONAL MUSIC BUNDLES WITH MOTHER

National Theater of Korea, Small Hall Dal

To Sunday: This lively and accessible performance is designed to help children take an interest in traditional Korean music. With the movements of the actor robots Ever and Seropi and a special space travel scene, there is plenty to stimulate the imagination of a young audience. The social issue of bullying is also addressed through traditional Korean singing.

The performance starts at 11 a.m. on weekdays and at 2 and 5 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 15,000 won to 30,000 won.

Dongguk University Station, line No. 3, exit 6

(02) 445-5065, www.ntok.go.kr



PALACE MUSICAL DAE JANG GEUM

Gyeonghui Palace, Sungjaeongjeon

To May 23: As part of the “Palace Musical” project of the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, “Dae Jang Geum” was produced specifically to be performed in Gyeonghui Palace.

A musical that portrays Korea’s palace life and history, it has become popular with international audiences. It was a recipient of the awards for Best Musical and Best Directing at the 2009 Korean Musical Awards and won the Musical of the Year award at the Korean National Awards.

The musical starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 40,000 won.

Seodaemun Station, line No. 5, exit 4

1544-1555, http://ticket.interpark.com



TAEKWON MONKEY

Dream Forest Art Center, Performance Hall

To July 4: “Taekwon Monkey” aims to introduce taekwondo, the Korean martial art, to audiences in an entertaining way. Taekwondo is the world’s most popular martial art in terms of the number of practitioners.

The story is about a monkey who longs to become human. The dance-like movements of the taekwondo practitioners on stage engage the audience’s imagination as the monkey tries to become a human.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, at 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturdays and at 2 and 5 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays. There are no performances on Mondays.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 20,000 won.

Miasamgeori Station, line No. 4, exit 2

1544-1555, http://ticket.interpark.com



JIN ISLAND SATURDAY PERFORMANCE

Jindo Folk Cultural Center, South Jeolla

To Nov. 27: Every Saturday the townspeople of Jin Island, Korea’s third largest island, hold a special performance of traditional Korean customs and folk songs.

The performances include the Jin-do Ssitgimgut (a shamanist ritual for cleansing a dead person’s soul), Ganggangsullae (a Korean circle dance), and Dasiraegi (a funeral play performed to comfort mourners and pray for the soul of the deceased), which are three of the country’s important intangible cultural properties.

The performances begin at 2 p.m. every Saturday.

From the Seoul Central City Express Bus Terminal, take the express bus to Jin Island.

61-1330, http://eng.jindo.go.kr





FESTIVALS



ICHEON CERAMIC FESTIVAL

Icheon

To May 16: Icheon has 1,000 years of history in ceramic arts and its ceramics festival is one of the most famous in Korea. Here visitors can see a variety of Korea’s finest ceramics such as cheongja (celadon porcelain), baekja (white porcelain) and buncheongsagi (grayish-blue powdered celadon).

Popular festival events include the ceramics excavation program and a workshop in which visitors can draw their own artwork on slightly heated pottery. Visitors in need of some relaxation can visit the highly regarded hot springs located nearby, which used to be visited by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

From Dong Seoul Terminal, take a direct bus to Icheon Terminal. Then take a taxi from the terminal to the festival.

31-1330, www.ceramic.or.kr



2010 LOTUS LANTERN FESTIVAL

Seoul

May 14 to 16: To celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday, which falls on May 21, lanterns will light up downtown Seoul.

The lantern festival keeps alive the tradition of the Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) of the Goryeo Dynasty (918?1392) and the Gwandeung Nori (a lighting festival) of the Joseon Dynasty. The original ceremony was seen as nurturing a society filled with wisdom and mercy and fulfilling individuals’ wishes by lighting up the darkness in people’s hearts.

Festivalgoers will see the streets transformed by around 100,000 beautifully embroidered and lovingly made lanterns in all kinds of shapes, such as elephants, dragons and tigers.

Anguk Station, line No. 3

(02) 2011-1744, www.llf.or.kr



GANGNEUNG DANO FESTIVAL

Gangneung, Gangwon

May 18 to June 19: The Gangneung Dano Festival is a long-running traditional festival that celebrates Dano (the fifth day of the fifth month according to the lunar calendar). This day, together with Lunar New Year and Chuseok, is one of the three major holidays in Korea.

The festival offers a combination of various shamanist and memorial rituals along with some traditional games. Opening events include the brewing of a sacred liquor that is offered to the mountain deity and the rituals held in Daegwallyeong. During the festival, visitors can try out a traditional Korean swing or make a traditional Korean mask that drives away evil spirits and summons a healthy year. Other attractions include exorcisms, mask dances and pungmul (traditional Korean folk music and dance).

From the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus headed for Gangneung. Get off at Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal and take a taxi to the Dano Cultural Center.

33-641-1593, www.danojefestival.or.kr



*Event information is culled from the Korea Tourism Organization and other online sources.
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