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2010.6.30 TICKET


The Lindenbaum Music Festival, running from June 28 through July 5, is an educational music festival with distinguished music faculty and 13 principal players from world-renowned orchestras. A hundred young Korean musicians, who have been selected through auditions, will collaborate with currently active orchestral musicians during each section and rehearse together. See MUSIC, left. Provided by the organizer



Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, M Theater

Saturday: For its 101st regular concert, the Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra will be joined by a string quartet from the Toho College of Music in Japan. Together, they will play the music of Bach and Mozart. In preparation for the concert, the youth orchestra participated in musical exchange programs with the Toho Gakuen School of Music, which is the top-ranked music school in Japan.

The performance starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won ($8.30) to 20,000 won.

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

(02) 399-1783, www.sejongpac.or.kr



Saturday: The booking organization specializing in bring foreign indie bands to Korea, Super Color Super, is hosting a one-year anniversary show this weekend. The concert will be held in a round-robin format: The bands will be set up at the same time along the perimeter of the room with the audience in the middle. Then each band takes turns playing one song until every band has played. Bands include both bigger expat bands and local indie bands such as the all-female Juck Juck Haeseo Grunge, Vidulgi Ooyoo and We Need Surgery.

The performance starts at 10 p.m.

Tickets range from 15,000 won.

Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 5

(02) 335-4576, www.clubfreebird.com


Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

Sunday: The man known in Korea as the godfather of rock returns for his first concert at the Sejong Center in eight years. In December, Shin became the first Asian musician to have a tribute guitar made for him by Fender Musical Instruments Corp. He will play the guitar, which was named the “Shin Joong-hyun Tribute Stratocaster,” at the concert.

The performance starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets range from 66,000 won to 120,000 won.

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

764-4444, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall

Monday: This educational music festival will include distinguished musicians such as Charles Dutoit, a Swiss conductor, Chantal Juillet, artistic director of the Saratoga Festival in the U.S., and 13 principal players from world-renowned orchestras. The Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra will perform with Charles Dutoit and pianist Paik Kun-woo.

The festival starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 30,000 won to 120,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 720-1013 www.lbmf.or.kr



July 9: Canadian electronic musician Daniel Snaith, better known as Caribou, will perform in Hongdae next week along with Sssighborg and Byul.org. Caribou is promoting his new album “Swim” on this tour. It is his first album since his 2007 Polaris Music Prize-winning record “Andorra.” Caribou specializes in electro-tinged pop music, and he is sure to play some of his past hits at the show including “Melody Day” and “She’s the One.”

The performance starts at 10 p.m.

Tickets range from 55,000 won to 59,500 won.

Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 5

(02) 338-0957, www.supercolorsuper.com



Major Theaters in Seoul

To Aug. 1: ASSITEJ Korea, which strives to promote artistic theater among children, is holding its annual AssiFe International Summer Festival, bringing 10 domestic and foreign children’s theater productions to Seoul area venues. From puppet shows to live-action theater, the festival features productions from Switzerland, Russia, Serbia, Italy and Korea.

Performance times and dates vary by production over the course of the weeklong festival, but show times are usually in the early afternoons. Check the production schedule on the festival’s Web site.

Tickets are 15,000 won

(02) 745-5862~3, www.assitejkorea.org


Sejong Theater, M Theater

Today to Tomorrow: For their annual season, choreographers Jo Nam-gyu and Song Jung-eun present “A River of Unforgettable II,” a work that revolves around the first Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) emperor, who united China.

The performance starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are 20,000 won.

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

011-235-1993, www.sejongpac.or.kr


Olympic Park, Olympic Hall & Meeting Plaza

Saturday to Sunday: The biggest B-boy and break dancing competition in Korea is coming to Olympic Park this weekend. The championship features eight international teams that will compete to claim the title of “master champion.” In addition to the competition, an urban art festival will take place in the Meeting Square at Olympic Park. The festival includes public graffiti, a street market and B-boy circles.

The championship takes place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. both days.

Tickets range from 10,000 to 15,000 won.

Olympic Park Station, line No. 5, exit 3

1544-1555, http://r16korea.com


Theater Yong

July 9 to 10: The latest work by acclaimed choreographer Hong Sung-yup blends ballet with contemporary dance, stylish sets and edgy concepts. Hong’s work has been presented in Korea and around the world, including Denmark, Canada, France and Germany.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on July 9 and at 4 p.m. on July 10.

Tickets range from 20,000 to 40,000 won.

Ichon Station, lines 1 and 4, exit 2

1544-5955, www.theateryong.or.kr


Seoul Arts Center, Opera Theater

July 15 to 18:

Choreographer Roland Petit has created dances for some of the best ballet companies in the world, including Sadler’s Wells Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. He trained at the Paris Opera Ballet, was a member of the American Ballet Theatre and formed his own company in 1948.

In this program, he presents three pieces of choreography: “L’Arlesienne,” “Le Jeune homme et la Mort” and excerpts from “Carmen.”

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets range from 5,000 to 120,000.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 587-6181, www.sac.or.kr


Geochang, South Gyeongsang

July 30 to Aug. 15: The annual Keochang International Festival of Theatre will showcase international and domestic theatrical companies that perform on themes of nature, human and play. The festival holds its performances outdoors in open theaters. Productions include Othello by the Japanese theater company Kunauka. Performance times vary by production. Refer to schedule on festival Web site.

Tickets are 15,000 won for adults and 10,000 for youth.

From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take a bus to Geochang (about an hour and a half), then take a taxi to the festival.

(055) 943-4152~3, www.kift.or.kr/english/



Seoul Arts Center, Jayu Theater

Saturday to July 11: Presented by Pansori Project ‘ZA’, this performance is inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s German play, “The Good Woman of Setzuan.” But this work is not just a translation or reproduction of the play. Instead, it shows its unique characteristics, a combination of the West and East with pansori, a form of traditional Korean music. The performance depicts a story of a woman who wants to live with her honesty, and her brother, who tries to protect his sister from the world that frustrates her.

The performance starts at 8 p.m. on weekdays, and there is no performance on Monday. It starts at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets range 25,000 won to 30,000 won.

Nambu Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, exit 5

(02) 762-9190, www.sac.or.kr


Gyeonggi Arts Center, Grand Performance Hall

July 15: Based on the story of a shaman goddess named Bari, this traditional Korean musical brings a myth to the real world with Gyeonggi folk song, which represents the pansori of Gyeonggi. This musical, which consists of three chapters, will be presented by Gyeonggi Provincial Arts Groups with a variety of Korean traditional songs and dance.

Performances start at 4 and 8 p.m.

Tickets range from 10,000 won to 30,000 won for adults and 5,000 won for children,

Suwon Station, line No. 1, exit 4

(031) 230-3200, www.ggack.or.kr



Jeonju, North Jeolla

Friday to July 7: Taekwondo athletes from around the world will gather in Muju County for the fourth annual taekwondo festival this weekend. Programs include not only traditional taekwondo competitions such as pumsae (movement), gyeorugi (sparring) and taekwondo aerobics, but also taekwondo performances, cultural activities and sightseeing tours of Muju, Buan and Jeonju.

From Seoul, take a bus to Jeonju Station.

(63) 250-8350, www.wtcexpo.net


Daecheon Beach, Mud Plaza

July 17 to 25: The Boryeong Mud Festival is one of the most popular festivals among expats and travelers in Korea. The festival - now in its 13thyear - includes mud slides, mud fights, mud massages and mud sports. The event will be heavily attended so it’s wise to make plans in advance.

Take a bus to Daecheon from Seoul Nambu Terminal (a little over two hours). Then take a local bus from Daecheon station to Daecheon Beach.(011) 438-4865, www.mudfestival.or.kr


Bucheon, Gyeonggi

July 15 to July 25: The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (or PiFan) has grown to become the most representative symbol of Bucheon, Gyeonggi, and is now one of Korea’s three major film festivals. Celebrating its 14th anniversary, the festival will select new innovative movies as well as controversial ones. Also slated for PiFan 2010 are special programs including Family Fanta, movie screenings for all audiences, and Ani Fanta, one of the most popular programs that shows unique animated films. Most of the events will take place at the Boksagol Cultural Center. However, there will also be screenings at the Primus Sopoong Multiplex, which is located in the Bucheon Bus Terminal. In addition to movie screenings, the Fantastic Concert, Fantastic Book Fair and many other events will be held.

The festival’s hours vary based on the films being screened.

Tickets range from free of charge to 10,000 won depending on the time, place and event.

Songnae Station, line No. 1, exit 2

(032) 345-6313, http://www.pifan.com/eng/


Haeundae Beach & BEXCO in Busan

Aug. 4 to 9: The fifth annual Busan International Magic Festival is Korea’s sole magic festival and brings together both domestic and foreign magicians for a weeklong spectacle of magic galas, shows and competitions. Featuring three dozen magicians from Korea, the U.S., France and Germany, the festival will also put on special magic shows for children.

Performance times vary. Refer to schedule on the festival Web site.

A pass for the entire festival is $220

Haeundae or Dongbaek Stations, line 2

(051) 626-7002, www.hibimf.org

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