The World Festival of National Theaters 2011 (WFNT)
This festival first started in 2007 in order to exchange with talented performing art groups around the world, and has grown to be a festival that represents the National Theater. This festival strives to show the status of Korea’s culture to the world, and also to offer the Korean audience a chance to watch some very well done performances. This year 8 countries are participating in the festival, so there are plenty of genres and performances to choose from.
When? 8/31~10/30 Note! From the 14th through the 16th, a group from the French National Theater will perform Le Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Disease Patient), a play written by Moliere, one of the best playwrights of the 17th century.
Where? The National Theater of Korea
Modern French Art of Today : Marcel Duchamp Prize
16 young and influential artists who received or are candidates for the Marcel Duchamp Prize (annual award of €35,000 in order to produce an exhibition of their work in the Modern Art museum given to a young artist) will be participating in this exhibition. The works of these artists include installation, pictures, and engraving all of which are main elements in modern art. You will be able to feel the strong historical consciousness of the French while viewing this exhibition. The admission fee is \5000.
Where? The National Museum of Modern Art
Musical “Scary Do”
A popular idol singer Lee Su-min gets sick of being controlled by his agency and tries to succeed on his own. However, the world is not such a nice place and Su-min fails to succeed on his own. After 8 years, Su-min makes a living by singing at a café and life just isn’t working out for him. Then one day, a housekeeper with a very strange personality appears. She may be strange but Su-min finds out that she has a special talent in writing lyrics…
Where? Daehaknoh Star City TM Stage
Release Date : 10/20
This documentary movie is about a legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna. During the San Marino Grand Prix finals, he was running first at 300km, but ran headfirst into a concrete crash wall and passed away at a young age of 34. This film received the World Cinema Audience Award, and an award in the Documentary Section during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It will be a very exciting, as well as touching movie for those who are interested in racing.
The Morning Calm Arboretum
The 7th Wild Chrysanthemum Exhibition
This exhibition has been opened annually in order to preserve and increase the number of wild chrysanthemums. You will be able to feel as if you are inside a painting as you walk among the 250 pieces of pot work which include 30 different kinds of chrysanthemums. This year’s exhibition is especially different from the ones held in the past, since it is being held in the Hanguk Garden, which has traditional Korean architecture.
Where? The Hanguk Garden inside the Morning Calm Arboretum
The 13th Gukhwa Exhibition
You will be able to see over 500 pieces of pot work made with various flowers. Each year, a different theme is set for the exhibition, and this year’s theme is “a piece of oriental painting”. The traditional meaning of beauty in Korea usually stresses the trait, gracefulness. Therefore, the exhibition is not too fancy and the flowers that are displayed give a warm feeling, creating a calm atmosphere. Oriental painting also emphasizes the beauty of blank space, so this exhibition will not be overfilled with flowers, but with just the right amount.
Where? The Wild Flower Exhibition room inside the Morning Calm Arboretum
When? mid October~mid November
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