Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Performances & Exhibitions for the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011

1. “Experience Traditional Markets” in Mountain Palgong

A rare opportunity to experience traditional mountain-village marketplaces will be given to the public at Donghwa Temple in Mountain Palgong from Sept. 1 to 5. Participants at the special event will have a chance to freely eat boiled rice cooked with lotus leaves and drink chrysanthemum tea, both typical Buddhist temple foods. They will be also given a chance to make a deep bow and make a wish after wearing Buddhist monks’ robes. During the “Experience Culture” session, they will produce pottery by hand as well as making fans and masks. Foreigners who are not familiar with the Buddhist rites will have a chance to recite Banya-simgyeong (Prajñā-Paramitā Sutra), perhaps the best known Buddhist script. Besides, diverse Buddhism-related exhibitions and performances are scheduled to be held. For information, call 053-803-3883.

2. The “Discover Beautiful Worth” Exhibition

Aimed at better introducing to the public the beauty of traditional Korean handicraft with both practical and artistic value, the “Discover Beautiful Worth” exhibition is under way at the Kyungpook National University Art Museum until Sept. 15. As many as 33 pieces of handcraft works that won prizes at the prestigious Cheongju International Craft Biennale are on display. The art museum is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday. The admission is free. For information, call 053-950-7968.

3. The “Made in Daegu” Photo Show

Active Daegu-based photographers are presenting their photos at Daegu Art Museum until Nov. 20. Gallery-goers will have a rare glimpse of the culture and philosophy of Korea through photos on display. The insight of the photo artists will suggest a new paradigm for the Korean culture. Viewers will have a chance to reconsider their life by looking at the photos dealing with existential human issues and actual life. The art museum is open from 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (6 p.m. from November) and is closed on Mondays. The admission is 700 won. For information, call 053-790-3000.

4. An Outdoor Stage Performance of Traditional Korean Music

The Daegu Traditional Korean Music Association will present a free concert at the Daegu Kolon Outdoor Concert Hall on Sept. 1 and 2, to commemorate the IAAF World Championships hosted by the city of Daegu. The performance pieces are designed to display the dynamic power and the regional identity of Daegu. On Sept. 1, Dalgubeol Traditional Music Orchestra will perform traditional-bound old Korean music. The second day event will feature the performance of a shaman ritual indigenous to Daegu villages and a farmers’ percussion band. For information, call 053-256-7957.