Events and activities around South Korea.

Busan Biennale 2013 Kicks Off at Songdo Beach

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Biennale 2013 kicked off the beginning of their exhibition on a special stage at Songdo beach this past weekend with an opening ceremony. The festival will run for 30 days featuring 35 on-and-off shore installations—15 invited works and 20 final entries—including art works from 11 countries, which will be on display at the month-long event from September 14 until October 13.

The festival is co-hosted by the city of Busan and the organizational committee of the Busan Biennale with the theme of 'With Songdo: Remembrance*Marks*People'. 

This year's theme emphasizes the 100th anniversary of Songdo beach, as well as the 26 year-old Biennale's past, present, and future for exploration and restoration. 

You can check out more of the festival at

College Fashion Festival Shows the Newest Korean Styles

BUSAN, South Korea -- The 2013 College fashion festival will be held from tomorrow to the fifteenth in the culture hall of Shinsegae Centum-City. 

This event is prepared to create a synergy effect and to discover the new designers through exchanges of creative and active artistic ideas of reserve fashion designers in local universities and the competition. 

This festival, starting from the joint fashion show of eight universities, is hosted by city city and runs by Busan Economic Promotion Agency. 

In the festival, 260 graduates of eight universities, including Pukyeong National University, Dongeui University, Kyungsung University and Donga University participate and they will show 500 graduation works. 

Source: Busan eFM News

2013 Hallyu Cultural Class to Make Songpyeon

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Foundation for International Activities will hold its monthly Hallyu Culture Class for foreigners residing in Busan. Participants will learn how to make a traditional Korean food called songpyeon. All those interested are encouraged to join. 

? For whom: Foreigners residing in Busan

? Date & Time: September 27, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

? Place: The Munhwa Cooking School (Bujeon-2-dong, Busanjin-gu)

The cooking school is located on the 10th floor of the Ogi Building, Seomyeon Station exit 2, metro line 1

? Number of Participants: About 40 people on a first come, first served basis 

Class contents: Learning how to make five different colors of songpyeon (a type of Korean rice cake eaten during the Chuseok holiday) 

World Renowned Animator and Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki Puts Down his Pen

BUSAN, South Korea -- World-renowned Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement, bringing an end to an illustrious film career which spanned over fifty years.

News of his coming retirement broke at the recent Venice Film Festival, where the 72-year-old Miyazaki's latest work, The Wind Rises, was being shown, but on Friday, he made it official.

Haeundae-gu to Support Short Film Production

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Haeundae-gu has decided to support the production of short films based on Haeundae. 

The office will invite the project proposals until the end of this month and provide six million won to each of three excellent works as a support fund. The total support, including the prize money, will be twenty-four million won. 

Also, the office will give the opportunity to be mentored by famous movie directors or producers and will help submit works to foreign and domestic film festivals. 

Haeundae-gu has a plan to hold a scenario contest for a full-length film based on Haeundae from the 23rd of this month to the 31st of October. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Shinsegae-Simon Busan Premium Outlets Open in Busan

BUSAN, South Korea -- Shinsegae Simon, a joint-venture between Shinsegae Group and Simon Property Group, Inc. has opened its third Premium Outlet Center in South Korea after Yeoju and Paju.  

The new outlet features 180 outlet stores, including luxury fashion brands and casual living and outdoor brands, on 33,259 square meters of retail space within a 154,663 square-meter site. The distinctive architectural design of the location was also inspired by the Tuscany region of Italy. 

The outlet is open from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday and on public holidays.  

Wide Angle, New Currents Jury Selected For BIFF

BUSAN, South Korea -- The 18th Busan International Film Festival has selected this year's jury members for the New Currents competition section for Asian films. The New Currents section introduces the works of up-and-coming directors who are leading the way for Asian cinema and the jury members will select two films, each of which will be awarded USD 30,000. 

Busan International Comedy Festival Begins

BUSAN, South Korea -- The first Busan International Comedy Festival, hosted by the Busan Cinema Center, Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and the organizing committee of the festival raised its curtain yesterday afternoon and started its four-day schedule. 

In the comedy festival with the subject of 'Busan sea, laughing sea', the most popular Korean comedians from all broadcasters will turn out. 
Popular foreign comedians will also visit Busan during the festival. 

Seventeen comedy teams from seven countries, including Korea, Australia, and Germany, will hold fifty-five performances in Busan for four days. 

Source: Busan eFM News

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