Food Rescue: “Taste the Waste” | Saturday, July 7, 5 p.m.
Think twice before throwing out that uneaten food—not only does Korea have one of the world’s highest food waste rates (this year, up to 170,000 tons daily), those leftovers could be the ingredients for a feast. So join PLATOON KUNSTHALLE as they rescue food from heading to the dumpster by creating a social dinner. Their chef will show you how to reduce food waste in his live cooking show. While you enjoy the recycled meal on a long table, you can watch “Taste The Waste,” a documentary by Valentin Thurn. For dessert, Something Market will present their latest fruity packs. Please bring your leftovers from home: fruits, vegetables, fish, rice, pasta, meat or drinks, bring anything! Entrance fee: all leftover foods from your fridge! Platoon Kunsthalle is in Nonhyeon-dong (map). Details here.
Art in Korean advertising through the years | Through August 19
If you can’t get enough of Korea’s celebrity-infused, bubbly “CF” culture, then you’ll enjoy Confessions, an exhibition of vintage Korean advertising and its humble beginnings. Take a look at what you can expect to see on view before you visit. Ilmin Museum is located at Jongro-gu Sejong-ro 139. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Closed Mondays. 50-minute guided tours (Korean) available at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
R-16: World B-Boy Masters Championship | July 7–8, 6–9 p.m.
If you’re a fan of popping, locking and/or bboys, don’t miss this event. It’s huge. There’s a free pre-party at Platoon at 4 p.m. on Friday (pre-registration required here) where you can watch the world open elimination. The real competition starts on Saturday when thousands of dancers and fans from around the world gather to watch feats of rhythm and contortion. The sweat starts flying at 6 p.m. Check out these highlights of the 2010 Championship from Eat Your Kimchi for a tiny taste of what to expect. Tickets 10,000–50,000 won through Interpark (Korean), or check out this packaged tour for out of towners). Located at Olympic Park (refer to the first map here).
50 Views of Korea and Brazil artist talk | Friday, July 6
Joao Paolo Barbosa and Ming K. Park, the two photographers at the core of this exhibition, celebrate 50 years of Korean migration to Brazil. Come view the juxtaposing scenes of Korea and Brazil the photographers saw as they swapped lenses and countries. They will give a special artist talk on July 6 at 2 p.m. in Portuguese and Korean. Talk and exhibit both located at the Korea Foundation Cultural Center Gallery in the Mirae Asset Building. Map here (scroll down to the 2nd map). Exhibition runs through July 11.
Seoul Farmers Market | Saturdays through October 20
One of Seoul mayor Park Won-soon’s urban farming initiatives, the Seoul Farmer’s Market opened last month, featuring as many as 340 items from farmers in Seoul and throughout Korea. By buying directly from food producers, you’ll be getting fresh harvest at discounted prices that you won’t find at E-Mart. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through October 20 in Gwanghwamun Citizen’s Park (광화문 시민열린마당), adjacent to Gwanghwamun Square. See here for a map and visit the website (Korean).
Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival ticket giveaway | July 19–27
We’re giving away general screening tickets to the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. From slasher films to fantasy thrillers, PiFan gathers some of the most eccentric films and their makers around the world and we can almost guarantee that you’ll find something to your liking. See the films playing at this year’s festival here and check our Facebook and Twitter for details on how you can win a pair of tickets!
In case you missed it: ongoing events from last week’s Weekender:
Geumcheon Art Camp Festival | June 29–July 17
Some of the most engaging art scenes in Seoul can be found at city-sponsored art centers where emerging artists-in-residence (like Jody Wood) ply their craft. This Friday kicks off the Geumcheon Art Camp Festival, with an opening film, music and sound event starting at 7 p.m. Tickets 2,000 won. Geumcheon Art Camp is located by Geumcheon-gu Office Station (line 1), exit 1. Map here.
Seoul Summer Sale 2012 | June 29–July 19
Seoul’s biggest summer sale kicks off this Saturday. This month-long event is aimed at tourists, but you just have to appear as one to enjoy the benefits! Venues offering discounts range from Lotte Department Store to Emart to 7-11 convenience stores. Check out the full list and print out the discount card (or download the mobile version) here.
Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition | Through September 2
“What are we dealing with?” asks this Henry Cartier-Bresson exhibit titled “De Quoi S’agit-il.” You may recognize Cartier-Bresson’s iconic image of a man poised mid-air above a pool of water, moments before the inevitable splash. But he was also known as the father of modern photojournalism, carrying his Leica everywhere (often disguised with black tape), and in some ways a precursor to today’s street photographers. Tickets 12,000 won. Located at the Sejong Arts Center, Gwanghwamun Station, exit 8. More info here.
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