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Light of Korea 2014

The Korea Festival 2014, which takes place from 16 to 25 October, is the first edition of what is to become an annual celebration of Korean culture, featuring various cultural activities in Brussels. All of these are free of charge, except for the film screenings.

The exhibition Light of Korea focuses on the country’s rich cultural tradition through a contemporary interpretation of 3 old forms of art: calligraphy, fashion and ceramics. You can see the works of Jisu Kim (calligrapher), Sang Hee Park (fashion designer) and Nam Hee Kim (ceramist). The expo runs from 14 to 28 October in the Brussels Korean Cultural Center, where you can also visit (until 22 November) the expo New Media Art of Leenam Lee, who integrates computer graphics and 3D animations into moving images.

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Another part of the Korea Festival is the second edition of the Korean Film Festival from 17 to 23 October in Cinema Galeries, Muntpunt, Cultureel Centrum Jacques Franck and La Vénerie.  The festival doesn’t only try to grant access to major production films, but also to independent films, featured during Korean art film festivals, which are rarely presented abroad. The theme of the 2014 Korean Film Festival Brussels is Real and Imaginary. The films show something in between the real and the unreal; something that doesn’t exist but might happen in our lives. The festival is trying to invite some directors and/or actors for the screening day and for Q & A.

The opening movie, on 17 October at Cinema Galeries, is Rough Play by Shin Yeonsik. Reservations are obligatory! The director, who will introduce his movie to the audience, based himself on a scenario of “the master” Kim Kiduk. The movie applies techniques from the mainstream movie industry and among the cast is famous K-Pop Star Lee Jun.

You can also attend a reading (in French) about traditional Korean medicine “haany-hak” on 22 October, and ther’s a magnificent K-Pop Night on the 18th with a dance contest and quiz about Korea. So you see, activities galore to get to know Korean culture a bit better… Have lots of fun! And don’t forget to check out the website for more detailed information.

 

Smurfs get their own venue at Brussels Strip Museum

For its 25th birthday, the Brussels Strip Museum inaugurates two new venues. The biggest one is entirely dedicated to the Smurfs, the famous blue comic book characters. The name of the museum at the rue des Sables also changes from Belgian Comic Strip Center to Brussels Strip Museum.

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“The Smurfs receive their own special venue, which is permanent by the way, for the simple fact that they are Belgium’s most famous comic strip export product. Our former Smurf venue really had become too small for all the tourists that came to visit our museum from all over the world,” says Willem Degrave of the Brussels Strip Museum. The new venue is not only much bigger, but also has a more attractive design and just looks much fresher. There are lots of TV screens and a 3D Smurf Village. For the kids there’s even a tiny little Smurf house that they can enter to play and have fun with their favorite blue friends. Entertainment for the whole family!

Apart from that, the Strip Museum also installed a brand new venue for the works of Pieter De Poortere. For many years now, his funny character Dickie (“Boerke”) has been a favorite of magazines, which regularly publish his gags. The character was subsequently adopted by the screen, and short cartoons of his hilarious adventures can now be viewed at the Brussels Strip Museum.

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Following the example of the Louvre and the Guggenheim, the Brussels Strip Museum also plans to open a second exhibition center in Caunes, near Carcassonne in the South of France.

The Brussels Strip Museum is open every day (except on Monday) from 10am to 6pm. You can find more information on the website!

 

Transformers @ Beursschouwburg

Coco Chanel once said: “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” The dame was absolutely right: change is often concerned with the power to control reality. The artists of Transformers, the autumn focus program of the Beursschouwburg, make changes with great dedication: they build their dreams entirely from transformed facts. This makes their art into a very adventurous domain, but at the same time one of great uncertainty.

In the protected theatrical environment of the Beursschouwburg, the selected artists show that what is happening in the outside world only has one constant: everything is always changing. Today you’re living in a monoculture, tomorrow multiculture might be the new standard. Today everything is analog, tomorrow digital can become the new standard. Today you’re a man, tomorrow maybe you’ll wake up as a woman. Today the limit is here, tomorrow it’s over there. Change is everywhere.

The artists of this program transform the human body and the space around it or distort the (virtual) reality. They wonder: how can we shift the parameters to create new realities? At first sight perhaps these are just innocent shaping exercises, but the power of the Transformers lies in their belief in the non-political power of change.

Transformers runs until 29 November. You can check out the full program here.

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A History of the Art of Cooking

As you may have already noticed, cooking is very trendy nowadays. Eating takes a very important place in lots of people’s lives; it has become a true celebration. Therefore it’s a good time to look back at the history of food culture. Around the year 1900, about 60% of family budget was spent on food. Today, this amount has been reduced to less than 20%. So you can see that cooking already played a very important role in daily life about 100 years ago, even though the people’s diet was not as varied back then as it is now. The former windmill of Evere proves to be the perfect location for an expo on this topic - an adaptation of an exhibition that was recently held in the province of Luxemburg.

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The expo shows many kitchen tools from back then. Some of them are still to be found and intensively used in our kitchens today, in a modern version of course, such as the food mill and the mandolin. Others have disappeared completely. Who still remembers and/or uses the ‘mustache cup’, a specially designed cup for men to keep their mustaches dry while sipping coffee or tea? Or did you ever hear of the big cutting fork that was used to make large pieces of meat easier to eat?

Kookketel, stoofpan & co also focuses on social differences. There’s a children’s cooker, for example, that really worked on fuel. Its purpose was to introduce young girls to the art of cooking, but in reality only the rich had enough money to purchase it for their kids.

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Discover the art of cooking back from the days of yore! You can visit this expo until 15 March. After that the mill will close its doors for a while because the inside walls have to be chalked. In September 2015, a new prestigious expo about food during The Great War will open.

Wanna know more? Check out the website!

Becoming Lili

In Becoming Lili you plunge into a wardrobe in a Brussels hotel and surrender to a ritual. Or is it an advanced fancy dress party? German designer and performance artist Helena Dietrich lays out the significance of the symbolism that is embedded in our style of clothing (and by extension our identity as well). She confronts us with the dynamic of our choices, questioning if they could be rooted in a collective sub-conscious and in what way cultural parameters direct our imagination. In this way the audience turns into a personage, miming their own lifestyles, swimming or drowning in a pool of references and memories, where the border between the self and the copy is blurring.

Helena Dietrich is working and living in Brussels. After her Master in European Media at the University of Portsmouth, she started studying at a.pass in Brussels, a postgraduate programme for performance arts and scenography. Becoming Lili is the extended result of her research project at a.pass.

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This project takes Dietrich to various hotel room and in October she’ll be visiting Hotel BLOOM! Each day 6 people can participate in this one-to-one performance. It consists of 3 steps that have to be taken one after the other in order to unfold its whole impact. Please make the appointments beforehand through tickets@beursschouwburg.be, by telephone (+32 2 550 03 50) or at the hotel reception. Each session starts at the Box Office of the Beursschouwburg. The places are very limited, so don’t hesitate to book as soon as you can.

Here are some practicalities:

- Dates: from 8 to 11 October, from 15 to 18 October and from 22 to 25 October

- Starting hours: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm

- Duration: sessions last about 1,5 hours

- Language: English

- More info is to be found on the website of Helena Dietrich

Miss Dietrich is looking forward to welcome you!

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