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Foreign festival delights City of Light
Wrapping up Gwangju International Week and overlapping with the beginning of the city's representative Chungjang Festival, the weekend of Oct. 15 and 16 saw Gwangju International Day, one of its most popular celebrations for foreign residents, stretch into a full weekend of food and fun.
HBC Festival celebrates belated 15th anniversary
Hae Bang Chon (HBC) Music Festival could have marked its 15th year earlier, but we all know what got in the way for the last couple years. Lance Reegan-Diehl, who cofounded HBC Fest in 2006 with Jim Gaynor, came out of the woodwork last month to announce the resumption of the biannual festival, which had its most recent run in October 2019.
Cities meet in Gwangju to discuss climate crisis, human rights
The sun broke through the clouds to shine on the Kimdaejung Convention Center in Gwangju on the afternoon of Oct. 10, putting an end to a chilly rain that had threatened to darken the mood at the 12th World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF). The grim theme of “Climate Crisis and Human Rights,” combined with dark suits and jetlag, could have demoralized any crowd. Instead, the...
Californian musician brings dream of Estonia to Korea
Like many readers of this newspaper, Jeremy Macachor moved away from the country of his birth and established a new life in a distant land. For him, that land was Estonia. Macachor, a singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer from California who releases music under the name, Macajey, admitted that people are often surprised he would move from California all the way to easter...
How to shoot Seoul Fashion Week
Shooting street fashion at Seoul Fashion Week (SFW) is one of the most enlightening and liberating experiences a photographer can have. It's also quite easy to do, and at the same time it's really easy to mistake certain small things and miss the opportunity to get some legendary work done.
Let's not forget US complicity in Korean sex trade
I was heartened to learn that the Republic of Korea Supreme Court has ordered the state to pay compensation to Korean women who worked in the sex trade catering to U.S. troops. What is still missing, I believe, is an understanding of just how influential U.S. military commanders were in facilitating the exploitation of the women in the “gijichon” or “base camp” villages.
Artist Ru Kim explores 'entanglement through escape' in 1st Seoul solo exhibition
“Ecotone: Capacity for Escape” (2022) is the second solo exhibition and first solo exhibition in Seoul for artist Ru Kim. The exhibition opened on Oct. 1 with a performance-activation of the installation on display at the exhibition space, Post Territory Ujeongguk.
Korean gugak-ska fusion band to tour Australia
Uheeska, a collaborative band that fuses Korean and Jamaican folk music traditions, is heading down under for a couple of shows in Australia. Combining traditional Korean gugak music with Jamaican genres like ska and reggae has been done before - in fact, members of this band were among the earliest to attempt it - but only Uheeska performs fusion in innovative and exciting w...
[Book Review] Korea's coins revealed in new book
Numismatics, the systematic study of currencies, coins and paper money, includes the time-honored hobby of investing in and collecting coins. It is one way to study and learn about the histories of people, cultures and nations.
[Temple Adventures] Seoamjeong Temple presents vivid fall colors at Mt. Jiri
With the sweltering summer heat finally coming to an end, and with the autumnal hues not too far off, it's the perfect time to explore Korea and the temples that dot its landscape. Arguably one of the most beautiful places to explore the changing season is Jirisan National Park.