Happy Lunar New Year! We’ve had a hectic week on Chincha, and it has taken us until now to recover from Social Underground’s birthday bash last weekend. We’ve also been waving goodbye to Claire, who led her last Chinchagram challenge before heading back to the US and saying hi to Janna, who will be taking over from now (this month’s theme is LOVE so get hashtagging on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram). Among all this we’ve been doing some photographic urban exploration in South Korea and reviewing legendary rock band My Bloody Valentine‘s recent Seoul concert. Spoiler alert: it was very disappointing.

We’re sure most of you will be skipping the city for the three day weekend but if you’re hanging around then these are a selection of events in Seoul this week.


Simon Fujiwara Exhibition

Presented by the British Council, artist Simon Fujiwara’s first ever solo exhibition in Korea is currently at the ArtSonje centre. ’Fujiwara produces works that confront autobiographical aspects with subjects ranging from issues of identity and sexuality as well as the anthropological, historical, social, and political factors that impact on these constructions.’ Read more about the show in question on the museum’s website. ArtSonje is closed on Mondays and Lunar New Year. Entry costs 5000 won.


Anish Kapoor’s Seoul Exhibition

Anish Kapoor’s critically acclaimed exhibition at the Leeum, Samsung Museum finishes this Friday. If you haven’t witnessed his epic sculptures then head to the Hangangjin museum but not before reading this insightful review of the show.

Strictly Vinyl

This is one for record fans: epic local music label 360 Sounds are throwing a vinyl-only party at Cakeshop in Itaewon this weekend. Expect 90s Will Smith remixes paired with obscure classics, from top Korean DJs like Soulscape. Plastic Kid and Jinmoo will also be on the decks. .


Shindig Dance Party

Shindig are sneaking in one last blowout with DJ and co-organiser Mikey before he travels back to America, although they’ll still be throwing future parties without him. Featuring a selection of Motown, northern soul, surf rock, 60s garage and “jukebox orgasms”, head here for one of the most reliably fun nights in Seoul. Entry costs 8000 won (plus a free drink); venue is Myoungwolgwan in Hongdae.  and you can check out a photographic retrospective of two years of Shindig here.

Table People and Angry Bear

Gigs at FF are always a safe bet since the live music organisers only ever invite back bands that draw a crowd. Having seen both Angry Bear and Table People live we know this is true of both these indie rock groups. The event starts at 11pm on Saturday night and drinks at the club are usually pretty cheap. For more live music options check out the extensive listings on Korea Gig Guide.

New Moon Party

Powwow in Seoul are welcoming Lunar New Year by throwing a sci-fi inspired party which, by the sounds of it, is all about the weird. One of the greatest accomplishments of the SF genre will be screened from a choice of Forbidden Planet (1956), Zardoz (1974), Logan’s Run (1976), Brazil (1985), while robots from the future sip on 7/11 beer (i.e you can bring your own alcohol). .

Logan’s Run trailer.

Bass Attack

Banging drum n’ bass party Bass Attack is back, this time at Cakeshop, Itaewon. Get there before 12 o’ clock to pay 10,000 entry – the price doubles after midnight. No less than seven Bass Attack regular DJs will be in the house, plus Black Illumini and Jake Pains are MCing. .


Intro to Dance: Jazz

Sydney Langford is launching a dance series at alternative community space SPACE near Itaewon this Sunday. Fresh from hosting her Intro Lyrical combo class, this week is all about Jazz. Spend one hour of life learning the basics of Jazz and transcend into another world (or at least out of your hangover) through dance. The class price is 10,000 won and spaces are limited, so reserve your spot here. Check out the for more information.

Intro to Screenprinting

Jimmy SK and Dekal are joining forces at Jankura Artspace to host a silkscreen workshop to teach students how to professionally put ‘images onto silkscreens using the photo emulsion process – diazo’. This is an excellent opportunity for those of you who are thinking about making your own clothing, or want to get started with printing on any kind of textile. There are a limited number of spaces on the course (just 8), so so you don’t miss out. Cost is 120,000 won for a 6 hour workshop, printing supplies for workshop, 2 blank T-shirts and a pizza lunch.

Images courtesy of the Leeum Samsung Museum and .

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