g.o.d. 15th Anniversary Reunion Concert: The newly reunited ’90s K-pop idol group g.o.d. will be embarking on a nationwide concert tour starting in July. After more than 12 years apart, the five original members of g.o.d. made their highly anticipated comeback in May with their newest single “The Lone Duckling.” The K-pop veterans are slated to hold two concerts, on July 12 and 13, at the Jamsil Sport Complex’s Auxiliary Stadium in Seoul, before moving on to Gwangju, Busan, Daegu and Daejeon in August. Ticket prices range from 99,000 won to 143,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3141-3488 or visit www.interpark.com.
Hyundai Card City Break: The newly inaugurated Hyundai Card City Break music festival is returning for its second year and is slated to be headlined by big-name artists Maroon 5 and Psy, along with many other notable acts. This year’s City Break festival promises to bring in more than 30 acts, with its first lineup including American rock guitarist Richie Sambora, U.S. indie-rock band The Neighbourhood and local talents Lee Juck and Nell. Last year’s inaugural event attracted more than 75,000 rock fans and included performances by Metallica, Muse, Iggy and The Stooges, and Limp Bizkit, among others. The two-day music festival will be held on Aug. 9 and 10 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Tickets are listed at 230,000 won for a two-day pass, and Hyundai Card members will receive a 20 percent discount. For more information, call (02) 3141-3488 or visit www.interpark.com.
Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival: The annual Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, a three-day rock music fest, is one of the nation’s most popular summer music events. This year’s edition will include performances by popular English psychedelic-rock band Kasabian, Travis, Boys Like Girls and more to be announced soon. The festival will also include performances by a wide range of local bands including Dear Cloud, PIA and Romantic Punch. In its eight-year history, Pentaport has hosted internationally notable acts such as Korn, Snow Patrol, Hoobastank, Deftones, Placebo and Fall Out Boy. This year’s Pentaport will be held from Aug. 1-3. For information on ticket prices and reservations, call (02) 3141-3488 or visit www.interpark.com.
AIA Real Life Now Festival: The inaugural AIA Real Life Now Festival will feature Lady Gaga, arguably the biggest global pop act, and some of the biggest names in K-pop. The upcoming two-day summer music festival will play host to worldwide pop phenom Lady Gaga; members of the YG Family including Psy, Big Bang and 2NE1; and American alternative-rock duo Twenty One Pilots, Crayon Pop, Galaxy Express and more. The festival will be held at the Jamil Sports Complex on Aug. 15 and 16. Ticket prices range from 126,000 won to 220,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3141-3488 or visit www.interpark.com.Dance
“Sleeping Beauty on Ice”: The ice ballet rendition of Sleeping Beauty has captivated audiences for decades since its premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded in 1967, the Saint-Petersburg State Ballet on Ice will be continuing its long-held tradition by bring its performance of “Sleeping Beauty On Ice” to Korea. The award-winning cast of ice skaters soar through the air in stunningly visual twists and turns in their ballet-inspired choreography of the classic children’s tale. The performance will take place at the Uijeongbu Arts Center in Gyeonggi Province on Aug. 5 and 6. Ticket prices ranges from 20,000 won to 50,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3141-3488 or visit www.interpark.com.
“Don Quixote”: Following the Korean National Ballet’s production of “Don Quixote” in June, Korea’s Universal Ballet is scheduled to present its own rendition of the classic tale of humor and adventure. Based on the eponymous novel by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, the ballet version first made its premiere more than 260 years ago and has since become one of the ballet world’s most beloved comical productions. “Don Quixote” will run from Aug. 15-17 at the Chungmu Art Hall’s Grand Theatre in Seoul. Tickets range from 20,000 won to 80,000 won. For more information, call (02) 3141-3488 or visit www.interpark.com.
A scene from the Korea National Ballet’s production of “Prince Hodong” (Korea National Ballet)
“Prince Hodong”: Korea National Ballet is slated to restage its production of “Prince Hodong,” an original work based on the traditional Korean tale “Princess Nakrang and Prince Hodong” ― a dramatic cultural tale of love, war and death. The ballet is a modernized retelling of the classic tale, combining elements of Western artistic culture with traditional Korean culture. “Prince Hodong” will be staged on Aug. 29 and 30 at the Sungnam Arts Center in Seoul. For more information, call (02) 3141-3488 or visit www.interpark.com.Festivals
Keochang International Festival of Theatre: More than a dozen theatrical groups from countries around the world will present plays at outdoor theaters in the town of Wicheon, Geochang County, during the 26th Keochang International Festival of Theatre. The festival has played an important role in bringing local plays to a world audience and developing South Korea’s performing arts industry since 1989. Geochang also boasts beautiful scenery, and is surrounded by the famous Jirisan, Deogyusan and Gayasan mountains. The festival takes place from July 25 to Aug. 10. For further information, call (055) 943-4152 or visit www.kift.or.kr. (Yonhap)
A theater group plays for the opening ceremony of the Keochang International Festival of Theatre last year. (Keochang International Festival of Theatre)
2014 Daegu Chimac Festival: Following last year’s success, the Daegu Chicken and Beer Festival will return in July. The event devoted to the all-time Korean favorite combination of chicken and beer will be held from July 17 to 20 at Daegu Duryu Stadium. This year’s edition has invited local fried chicken brands such as Hosik’s Two Chicken, CHC Food Industries Co., Chicken Party and more. The festival will hold a contest to choose the best sauce for fried chicken. Applicants are to present fried chicken with soy sauce, spicy sauce, mustard sauce, low-sodium sauce and others. Visitors as well as judges will taste the presentations. Food and beverages other than beer and chicken will also be available throughout the festival. For more information, visit www.chimac.or.kr.
Pohang International Fireworks Festival: Splendid fireworks will decorate the coastal skyline of Pohang at the 10th Pohang International Fireworks Festival from July 26 to Aug. 4. Visitors will be able to watch fireworks every night from 9 p.m. to 9:05 p.m. On July 27, the firework show will last longer as international fireworks teams will compete in a contest from 8:50 p.m. to 10:10 p.m. The fireworks will be visible along Yeongildae Beach and at the Hyeongsangang River Sports Park. Concerts and cultural performances will be held at two venues, adding to the festive mood. Various hands-on craft activities will be available as well. For more information, visit http://piff.ipohang.org.
Mokpo Maritime Cultural Festival: This festival celebrates the local sea culture with a 1,897 m parade that circles the Mokpo ferry terminal. An old-time fish market will be recreated to hold a traditional fish auction. Old bars, restaurants and theaters will be installed in the market. Other programs include a 400 m swim at Samhakdo Port and 5 km and 10 km marathons. Across the festival area, street food vendors will offer various local specialties. The festival will run from Aug. 2-3 at various places around Mokpo ferry terminal. For more information, visit www.mokpofestival.com.Exhibitions
“Shinseon Play”: This outdoor summer cooling spot, installed in the front garden of the Seoul Museum of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, is an architectural installation by Moon Ji Bang, a group of three architects that won the prestigious Young Architects Program run by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The installation is comprised of more than 30 white balloons which create shade where visitors can rest while sitting on benches. A mist of water from sprinklers cools off the hot summer air in a forest of high-rise buildings. It is on exhibit until Oct. 5. For more information, visit www.mmca.go.kr.
“Shinseon Play” by Moon Ji Bang (MMCA)
“Edvard Munch and the Modern Soul”: This exhibition presents 99 works by Munch created in diverse mediums throughout his artistic career, ranging from oil paintings, drawings and lithographs to photographs. They include Munch’s most famous works: “The Scream,” “Madonna,” “The Dance of Life” and “Starry Night.” The exhibition will be a good chance to gain insight into the artist’s life. The panoramic view of his works shows how his style changed over the course of his career, highlighting his gift to express emotions and characters in symbolic images. The exhibition will run until Oct. 12 at Hangaram Museum in the Seoul Arts Center. Tickets cost 15,000 won for adults, 12,000 won for teenagers and 10,000 won for children under 12. For more information, visit www.munchseoul.com.
“Zhang Xiaogang: Memory+ing”: Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang is holding a retrospective at Daegu Art Museum until Sept. 10. On exhibit are 105 pieces that range from earlier works made in the 1980s to his latest human sculptures. Some major works include “Tian’anmen No. 2,” which is said to be the most expensive painting on display at the exhibition, and the famous “Bloodline: Big Family” painting series. His most recent works include sculptures of people and objects depicted in his previous paintings. The admission fee is 5,000 won for adults, 3,000 won for teenagers and 2,000 won for children. For more information, visit www.daeguartmuseum.org.
“Malfunction Library”: Artists in their 30s and 40s are holding an exhibition to present their critical views on the deluge of information and suggest alternative ways to produce and consume information. It is part of a Seoul Museum of Art exhibition series that showcases works by young artists in the middle of their careers. The artists offer different perspectives on information overload. Artist Kim Kyoung-ho touches on two forms of information, original and edited. Having worked at the Korean bureau of Iranian Press TV, Kim displays two versions of news footage ― the original, which he filmed, and the scenes edited for broadcast. Intangible information becomes visible in Kim Hwang’s “human library,” featuring one-on-one interviews with people on social issues. The exhibition continues through Aug. 3 at the Seoul Museum of Art. For more information, call (02) 2124-8868.
“Midsummer Night’s Concert with Tchaikovsky”: Three up-and-coming Korean musicians have teamed up to present a night of music by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky on July 24 at Seoul Arts Center. The three artists are violinist Lee Ji-hye, pianist Kim Joon and cellist Lee Sang-eun.
Conductor Chung Chi-yong will hold the baton, with the KNUA Festival Orchestra, consisting of graduates of the prestigious Korea National University of Arts, performing with the three soloists a full program featuring Violin Concerto D major (Op. 35) and Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor (Op. 23). Tickets cost 40,000 won to 120,000 won. For details, call (02) 580-1300 or (02) 3487-0678.
A poster for “Midsummer Night’s Concert with Tchaikovsky”
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: One of Switzerland’s primary orchestras, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande will hold its first concert in Seoul in 23 years on July 15 at Seoul Arts Center. Led by rising Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada, the orchestra will play Swiss composer Arthur Honegger’s “Pacific 231,” which is rarely performed here, a Tchaikovsky violin concerto with Clara Jumi Kang as soloist and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” (Op.35). Ticket prices range from 50,000 won to 240,000 won. For details, call (02) 599-5743.
“Great Mountains International Music Festival”: The annual Great Mountains festival will run from July 25-Aug. 5 under the theme of “O Sole Mio,” highlighting music from southern Europe ― namely Spain and Italy. A total of 12 concerts will take place at the Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, and another 10 in other cities in the province. Artists participating in this year’s festival include Spanish flamenco dancer Beln Cabanes; conductor Antoni Ros Marb; guitarist Xuefei Yang; soprano Kathleen Kim; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong; violinists Svetlin Roussev, Clara-Jumi Kang, Kwun Hyuk-joo; cellists Jian Wang and Llus Claret; and pianists Kevin Kenner, Kim Dasol and Kim Tae-hyung. Cellist Chung Myung-wha and violinist Chung Kyung-wha, the festival’s coartistic directors, will also perform. For more information about the festival and its program, visit www.gmmfs.com.
Korean Symphony Orchestra: Led by conductor Choi Hee-chuhn, the Korean Symphony Orchestra will perform the masterpieces of two great Russian composers ― Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff ― at Goyang Aramnuri Hyden Hall in Gyeonggi Province on July 16. The program consists of Tchaikovsky “Polonaise” from the opera “Eugene Onegin,” Violin Concerto in D major (Op.35) featuring Kim Su-yoen as soloist and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor (Op.27). Tickets range from 10,000 won to 40,000 won. For details, call 1577-7766 or visit www.artgy.or.kr.Theater
“Dracula”: One of the long-anticipated musicals this season, “Dracula” raises the curtain on July 15 for a Korean premiere. With a score by Frank Wildhorn of “Jekyll & Hyde,” the musical is based on the original Victorian novel by Bram Stoker of the same title. Kim Jun-su, the hottest musical star in the scene, plays Count Dracula, who loves one woman for more than 1,000 years. Veteran actor Ryu Jung-han shares the role with Kim. It opens at Seoul Arts Center’s Opera House on July 15 and will run through Sept. 5. Ticket prices range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won. For details, call (02) 580-1300.
“Priscilla”: A jukebox musical from Australia, “Priscilla” is getting a Korean premiere. Full of well-known pop songs like “It’s Raining Men,” “True Colors,” “Material Girl” and “I Will Survive,” the show tells the story of two drag queens and a transsexual who travel from Sydney to a remote town in the Australian desert aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla, to put on a drag show. The cast includes Cho Sung-ha, a TV actor making his musical debut, Korean-American musical actor Michael Lee, 2AM member Jo Kwon and singer-turned-musical actor Lee Ji-hoon. “Priscilla” runs from July 8 through Sept. 29 at LG Arts Center near Exit No. 7 of Yeoksam Station. Ticket prices range from 50,000 won to 130,000 won. For details, visit www.musicalpriscilla.co.kr or call 1577-3363.
A scene from the London production of the musical “Priscilla” (Seol&Company)
“A Tale of Two Cities”: A musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Tale of Two Cities” is getting a third run in Korea since premiering here in 2012. The musical tells the story of Sydney Carton, a shrewd young English lawyer who develops a strong, unrequited love for Frenchwoman Lucie Manette. It is set against the social conflicts between rebels and aristocrats during the French Revolution and the parallels in 18th-century London. Actors Seo Bhum-seok, Lee Kun-myung and Han Ji-sang will share the lead male role. It runs from June 25 through Aug. 3 at Haeorum Theater of the National Theater of Korea in Seoul. Ticket prices range from 60,000 won to 130,000 won. For details, call 1577-3363 or visit www.twocities.co.kr.
“42nd Street”: The classic Broadway tap dance musical “42nd Street” is getting a Korean revival. Veteran actors and actresses Nam Jyung-joo, Kim Young-ho, Park Hae-min and Hong Ji-min have teamed up for the show, well known for its beautiful score and synchronized tap ensembles. It runs from July 8 through Aug. 31 at CJ Towol Theater at Seoul Arts Center, southern Seoul. For tickets and inquiries, call (02) 580-1300.
“Cats”: The original production of the Broadway classic “Cats” is having its first Korean run in six years. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011, is the second-longest-running show in Broadway history. It tells the story of the Jellicles, a tribe of cats who assemble for their annual junkyard gathering at which one is chosen to be reborn to a new life. One by one, the kittens take center stage to make their case for rebirth, singing and dancing. “Cats” runs from June 13 through Aug. 24. It will be staged at Blue Square in Itaewon-dong, Seoul. Ticket prices range from 50,000 won to 140,000 won. For more information, call 1577-3363 or visit www.musicalcats.co.kr.
“MOZART!”: An Austrian musical about the country’s greatest musician, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is starting its fourth run in Korea. “Mozart!” opened on June 11 and will run through Aug. 3 at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul. Veteran musical actor Im Tae-kyung will play Mozart, as he did in the three previous productions, sharing the role with Park Eun-tae and singer-turned-musical actor Park Hyo-sin. Ticket prices range from 30,000 won to 130,000 won. For details, call (02) 6391-6332 or visit www.musicalmozart.co.kr.