Hiya! More events will be added tomorrow. We’re waiting on some finer details. In the meantime, re-live a crazy dance party – soundtrack included - and learn to speak Korean through artistic means. Then check out our array of awesome events profiled this week.

ONGOING

Gwanghwamun International Art Festival

Hosting over 400 artists from five continents, this year’s kicks off Thursday at the Sejong Cultural Center, Museum and Sejong Story Hall. This year’s fest “Goodmorning GwangHwaMun” is geared to promote cooperation on environmental issues. The festival will run until May 27.

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Korea Rocks Tour

If you’re reading this it’s unlikely you’ll be in the UK right now, but if your friends and family happen to be, then make sure you tell them about the Korea Rocks tour – an indie circuit including Gate Flowers, Apollo 18, Galaxy Express and Goonam. We interviewed the latter band ahead of the tour: support Korean alternative music by reading the interview and then share info on these awesome groups.

FRIDAY

Yoo Young Bok Talk

Meet Yoo Young Bok tomorrow at Sookmyung Women’s University Guest Speaker series, which is open to the public. The 82 year old’s memoir, “Tears of Blood: A Korean Prisoner of War’s Fight for Freedom, Family, and Justice” is an incredible book about an amazing man with a heartbreaking story. . Starts at 3pm.

Babylon Warchild Live 

Toronto live hip hop group  to perform their “unique and versatile style”. Catch them at Flow in Itaewon this Friday night with free entry before midnight, W5,000 after.

Kite Flying Robot Music Video Launch at Moonnight

Nick Neon, the prominent director, and synthpop band Kite Flying Robot, introduce music film premiere “Criminal Supervixen.” A Q&A talk will follow the screening, along with live music from Love X Stereo and Kite Flying Robot themselves. .

Project.ㅈㅋㅋ Launch (a Zandari Festa Pre-Party) at Club Keu Keu

Described as a DJ and rockband ‘battle’, this event is the first in a series leading up to SXSW copycat-festival Zandari, which is now in its second year (see the video below for our contribution to the inaugural event). Musician highlights include Gogostar, The Rock Tigers and Yamagata Tweakster. Doors to the seriously cool Sinsa-dong venue, Club Keu Keu, open at 8pm and advance tickets cost W25000 on Interpark (with a free drink). .

SATURDAY

Cold Cave at Mullae Mun

International indie band Cold Cave are playing an ‘intimate’ show at Mun in Mullae-dong this Saturday night. Supported by Table People, Gutenbirds and Ironic Hue, this should be an excellent alternative music show in Seoul, with the Guardian referencing Wesley Eisold as “an absolutely new, young god of nihilism and despair – he brilliantly captures Cold Cave‘s aesthetic: the Morrissey of ‘How Soon Is Now’ wailing over Nitzer Ebb beats and New Order melodies.” .

…Whatever That Means Returns to Club Spot

Punk rock/ hardcore band …Whatever That Means have been out of the country but have finally returned to their rightful home on the stage of Club Spot. Their show is this Saturday night for W15,000 and you can read all about it, and their upcoming plans, in this interview.

Clash 5.0

Colliding music styles in a concert experience, CLASH 5.0 is coming to DGBG in Hongdae. Jake Pains will MC the event, other performers include cover band Bluesnake, JerseyBrother, R&B singer Joe Rollins, acoustic singer Todd Davis and beatboxer Summit. In addition to the music, CLASH is driven to support a noble cause: proceeds will benefit the Korean Unwed Mothers and Families Association. Tickets are W10,000 in advance and W15,000 at the door. 10pm-1am. More info on .

Silk Juice: Year One

Underground house fans, take note: Trashvortex, Rob McCall and Zach H are celebrating 365 days of DJ crew . Be there or be totally rectangular.

PSCORE Charity Concert

Another charitable affair, PSCORE are a North Korean defector organisation . Both their previous band events seem like they’ve been successful and the team have chosen bands, such as down-to-earth Les Sales, to play.

Characterized Seoul 2013

Characterized Seoul is back at Platoon Kunsthalle for the third year in a row. The event is a team competition which encourages entry from artists skilled at bringing characters to life through design. Entry costs W5000.

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SUNDAY

For Bookworms

Bibliophiles on alert, 10 Magazine’s Book Club will welcome novelist Jeffrey Miller  as a special guest at this Sunday’s meeting at the TOZ Moim Center, Gangnam. Miller, a former correspondant for The Korea Times, has penned novels touching on topics like the Korean War in War Remains and small town American vignettes in the summer of 1968 in Ice Cream Headache. Seats are limited so please .

Crossing: A Film About Escaping North Korea

The Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights are raising awareness of the plight of North Korean defectors (and are hoping to gather some funds in the process) by screening Crossing, a film about escaping North Korea, this Sunday. The screening starts at 2pm and ends at 4:30pm. A W20,000 donation is recommended, although not enforced. Find out more on  or on the organisation’s official website.

TUESDAY

Jahcoozi Live in Seoul

The German Embassy in Korea presents inspirationally alt band Jahcoozi on their first Asian tour. Combing “genres like grime, punk rock, hip-hop and various blends of electronica to create a unique definition of pop music,” these guys will present a fantastically enigmatic performance on a Tuesday night in Seoul. Their ‘Barefoot Wanderer’ album is also this week’s cover image. .

More to come! Keep checking back.

Written by and Charlotte Hammond
Image: Jahcoozi courtesy of Platoon Kunsthalle


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