“World of Jan Saudek” Photo Exhibition | Through July 15
The work of Jan Saudek, one of the world’s most famous Czech photographers, is being shown at Insa Art Center through Sunday. His work is intensely erotic, sometimes violent, and yet staged in almost fairy-tale-like settings, as if the Brothers Grimm had gotten grimmer (and a little hornier, too). Over 150 hand-painted photographs will be shown in this exhibit, the largest Saudek presentation of its kind in the last four decades. Note: For ages 19+ only. Admission 8,000 won. Map and directions here.
Caribbean Bay Summer Wave Festival 2012 | July 14–15
Escape the summer heat physically, though likely not proverbially, at this music festival featuring superstars Ludacris and Taio Cruz, with many more performances to be announced. It’s the perfect opportunity to don that teeny weeny bikini (or Speedo) and show off your best aquatic dance moves—synchronized swimming experience a plus. Visit Interpark to purchase tickets: 88,000 won for the festival pass, 158,000 won with one-day Caribbean Bay pass included. Samsung Card holders receive an impressive 50% discount (Tip: ask any friend who work for Samsung or Samsung affiliates to make the purchase for you—they normally have one!). Be sure to book by 5 p.m. on Friday.
100 Concerts | Through July 15
This ambitious nationwide music festival promises 100 free performances in several provinces over the span of just one week. With as many as 18 concerts in one day, it’s an attempt to reinvigorate neglected performance spaces and showcase Korea’s musicians, from classical to experimental to pop. It could be a great excuse for a cultural excursion to another city, but if you are sticking around Seoul this weekend, be sure to check the (Korean only) schedule for concerts in Daehakno, Guro and Gangnam. See more details at the official website (Korean), or read an English translation of the press release at Alien’s Day Out.
10 Seconds International Animation Festival | July 11–15
10SECFEST’s main claim to fame is its huge animation competition—185 short movies compete for top prizes. With so many entries, there are bound to be some real gems. Though the official website warns there may be “also even boring films,” at an average of three minutes per film, sitting through a few duds wouldn’t be a huge sacrifice. Aspiring film critics can get in on the fun by creating their own DIY Awards, “unexpected and fun prizes” they bring themselves. At Insa Art Center near Anguk station (map). See the official website for a full schedule and to fill out your entry form for the DIY Award ceremony!
Bard: Traditional Irish concert | Friday, July 13, 8 p.m.
Bard is a self-described “Irish Trad project band from South Korea.” The duo has toured the world with their guitar, banjo, accordion and Irish whistle (accompanied by a fiddle and drum), and is back in Korea to celebrate the release of their second album, Road to Road. Though often instrumental, several songs feature a unique blend of Irish melodies and Korean indie-esque vocals (listen here and here). We won’t judge if you break out into a jig. Tickets 35,000 won in advance, 40,000 won at the door. CY Theater is at Dongyo-dong 158-2. See more info/map here) and view event photos here.
Semplicement Dive: Le Stelle Italiane del Cinema | Through August 3
From kf.or.kr: “Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Gina Lollobrigida—Italy’s legendary actresses are the focus of this exhibition of film paraphernalia. Come experience the magic of the Italian divas who captivated a generation through original film posters, leaflets, and other archive materials.” Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon–Sat, open through 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Korea Foundation Cultural Center Gallery, Mirae Asset Building Center 1, West Tower, 2nd floor, near Euljiro 3-ga Station (map here).
Home Run Festival | Through September 2
Koreans just can’t seem to get enough of baseball these days, and this indoor “baseball theme park for the entire family” is a great alternative for those who can’t get tickets to actual games or prefer the air-conditioned baseball experience. The first of its kind in Korea, the festival includes a museum celebrating 30 years of pro Korean baseball, a special photo exhibition spanning over a century of baseball history in Korea, as well as plenty of experiential zones for your (inner) kids. Attend baseball clinics to learn the basics of baseball equipment and gear, hone pitching skills on a to-scale mound and discover the science behind the sport in hands-on baseball classes—all without getting caught in the monsoon rain. Admission 15,000 won for adults, 14,000 won for children under 19. Special discounted packages available for families 3 or more. At aT Center near Yangjae Citizens’ Forest Station (exit 4). Visit the official website (Korean) for more.