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Daegu's International Body Painting Festival (Korea - Part 2)

Posted on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 @ 02:18 PM

Welcome to the second part of my blog, which will continue looking at Daegu's International Body Painting Festival (If you missed out on Part 1 you can view it here).To recap: Once a year, in Duryu Park (which is in Daegu) artists from all over the world including: China, Japan, Korea, and America come here for this two day event. There are two categories, the first is body painting and the second is fantasy make-up. This blog will look at the body painting. The best part about this amazing festival is that it is completely free. From walking around the open tents, where you can see the artists sketching the outlines and then painting the models, to the staged show, which is several hours long, to the award ceremony and fireworks - you don’t pay a cent (or Korean Won as the case is here). The prizes for the winning artists are quite generous too, with first place worth nearly $10,000 or €7,500, so the fact that there is no entry fee for visitors is amazing! Festivals like this are very common here in Korea, which is great news for us English teachers.  

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When we arrived at the festival we walked over to the artists' tent and were able to see the artists working away on their models, teams of them were working and reworking over each model, from brushes to spray guns, every technique, every method of painting known to man was being used on these models and the results, well they speak for themselves! Some of these models were detailed with the most interesting & elaborate designs I have ever seen - what makes it even more special is the fact that we got to see the before and after.

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 When we arrived, the artists were still painting the models, so we had a chance to walk around. There were many activities around the park. One of them included hand printing, which involves your hand being covered in paint and you then ‘slap’ your hand on the white canvas wall. While the other English teachers decided not to get their hands dirty (literally), I couldn’t resist. 

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 After that we explored more of the artists' tents. Every artist / team are under a four hour deadline, so from start to finish they do not stop working on the models - whom also come from all over the word. 

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The next model, which turned out to be one of the winners, is from Holland and was painted by some American artists.

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Some of the other models below getting painted: 

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After the four hours were up, the show began:

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And finally, our favourite:

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Watch one of the performers at the Daegu Body Painting Festival 2013


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John May grew up in Dublin, Ireland where he is from & went to Trinity College – one of Irelands best known universities. He graduated from here in November 2012 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography & Sociology. John has always had a passion for travelling and having been to most of Europe, he decided to explore Asia after Uni. He has always wanted to teach and thought what better way to travel than teaching English on the way. John is currently teaching English for CDI in Daegu, South Korea a position he found through Aclipse; John felt nervous before his departure, but now that he is in Korea he loves every minute of it. For more information follow his blog.

Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, festival, festivals, cities in Korea, Daegu, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, benefits of living in Korea, International Body Painting Festival

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