Events and activities around South Korea.

Wordz Only 29

Wordz Only is a night of spoken word awesomeness, so hopefully you'll enjoy it.

If you have poems, fiction, non-fiction, limericks, pantoums, raps or rhymes then bring them on down.

First-timers, old-timers, slammers, ALL WELCOME.

The night works like this:

all those wishing to read/share/say/perform should show up by 8:30 & throw their name into the silver lunch box. The first performer is drawn from the box. When the first person finishes, he or she draws the second person--& this process continues througout the night. Ideally, performers should limit their reading time to 7 to 10 minutes, mostly because we've had more and more people comfortable with reading and we want everyone to have a chance; but the time is flexible, especially if you can hold the audience's attention in a hailstorm.

18th Busan International Film Festival Reveals its Official Poster

BUSAN, South Korea -- The official poster of 18th Busan International Film Festival was revealed yesterday, with the poster based on the original work of Shin Sung Hy, created by the artist's signature technique called nouage. A 3-dimensional space created, by the interweaving of dots, lines and gaps, resonates with the idea of film as a complex media that incorporates diverse genres and art forms. Each intersection of lines resembles numerous encounters between cineastes and the audience within the Festival environment. The 18th Busan International Film Festival poster is considered the brightest of all its preceding posters and reflects Busan International Film Festival's focus on hosting a truly festive event.

World Language Class Teachers Needed

BUSAN, South Korea -- Busan Foundation for International Activities is running World Cultural Classes for Koreans and foreigners in Busan, to give people the opportunity to better understand and experience various cultures of the world. We are looking for foreigners who are willing to share their amazing culture with the citizens of Busan. 

Source: Busan City News

South Korean President Spokesman Fired for Alleged Sexual Assault

BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye has fired her spokesman, Yoon Chang-jung, for involvement in an unspecified 'unsavory' act, her office announced Thursday, as Washington, D.C., police investigated allegations that Yoon sexually assaulted a young woman earlier this week. 

Hong I-joo Selected Honorary Ambassador

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Film and Visual Industry Association appointed the actress Hong I-joo as a honorary ambassador. 

The association decided to appoint Hong as a honorary ambassador to aggressively promote the international events held in Busan, including Busan International Film Festival, Busan Contents Market andthe  Busan International Advertising Festival and to strengthen their marketing capability. 

The reason the actress was appointed as a honorary ambassador is that she was well known in the China regions including the winning of the third place in Miss Asia Beauty Contest held under the sponsorship of Hong Kong ATV.

Source: Busan eFM News

Photo: Yeongnam Ilbo

K-POP Cinema Exclusive Theater Opens

BUSAN, South Korea -- The K-POP Cinema Exclusive Theater to see the performances of K-pop stars in 3D has opened in Busan. The exclusive theater for K-pop is prepared for foreign tourists visiting Busan from Japan and China. 

The theater opened in the first basement level of Busan Cinema Center has 34 seats and shows the live recording of K-pop stars' concerts, and 
 3-D glasses give a vivid impression under the illusion of being live.

You can check out the K-pop Cinema Center's website here.

Source: Busan eFM News

Busan Cinema Center to Commemorate Leslie Cheung

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Cinema Center will hold a special exhibition to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of the late Leslie Cheung, the famous actor of Hong Kong. 

Staff of Busan Cinema Center said it will show 10 major movies of the late Cheung, including 'A Better Tomorrow', 'A Chinese Ghost Story' and 'Days of Being Wild' from the twenty-first of next month for ten days. 

With these, paintings, sculptures and video art related to Cheung which are donated by fourteen artists from four countries including Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and UK will be exhibited together. 

Cheung died after leaping from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, located in the Central district of Hong Kong Island  in 2003. He was 46-years-old.

British War Veterans Gather in Paju

PAJU, South Korea -- Hundreds of British war veterans and their families gathered on Tuesday in the South Korean border city of Paju to attend a ceremony commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the Imjin River battle. 

The historic battle took place during the Korean War when 652 soldiers from the UK fought against the Communist Chinese army near the Imjin River in 1951. 

During the battle, more than 600 British soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Glosters, died or were captured. Britain fought on South Korea's side in the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a UN force. 

A total of 793 British soldiers were killed and 2,878 others wounded or declared missing.

Photo: Newsis

Bill Gates Visits South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea -- Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, visited the National Assembly Monday and asked lawmakers to step up aid to developing countries, putting to use South Korea's experience of becoming the first recipient of foreign aid to become a donor country. 

Masan Gagopa Festival Begins May 1st

BUSAN, South Korea -- The 'Masan Gagopa Festival' will raise its curtain in Masan Port ONE and Masan Music Hall on the first of May. This festival is to celebrate the one-hundred-fourteenth anniversary of the opening of Masan Port and to achieve civil unity and will be held for five days. 

On the first day of the festival, thirty kinds of cultural and art events will be held in Masan Port ONE starting from the ancestor ritual and the opening ceremony. 

In Masan Music Hall, various performance events including a Gukak concert, Masan Okwangdae performance and teenager dance festival will be held during the festival period.

Source: Busan eFM News

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