The term ‘international’ in Korea does not necessarily mean an international crowd. However, quite a few special
guests and competitors, were from beyond Korea’s borders.
Because watching the paint get painted on didn’t take more than 30 minutes, the crowd found some other entertainment…
dance shows started on the stage with belly dancing (male, female and child!), and even a gentleman dancing with a
hookah (shisha pipe) on his head.
This was one fun event – with two major problems. After arriving, people walked around, saw the models, perhaps took
some pictures, and then…? Lather, rinse, repeat? For hours until the show started in the evening? There needs to be
something to keep the crowd entertained for the time it takes to get models from panties and pasties to works of art. A
few sporadic dancing performances didn’t prevent us from leaving the area to find something else of interest. Perhaps
the rest of Duryu Park could get in on the action, holding a related or interesting event of its own. It wouldn’t hurt
to have a couple more food options – there needs to be something other than hot dogs on sticks and expensive (but
really good) pork next year.
The second issue: perverted photographers in search of every nipple or breast. The cat-and-mouse game between
‘security’ and a mob of photographers packing long lenses did distract somewhat. One solution? Make it clear which
artists will allow photography and which ones won’t. Keep things a bit more organized on the volunteer / security
front to ensure photographers are kept at bay while visitors are given all the eye candy they can handle.
Intersting to see and worth checking out, just spend some time seeing the rest of Duryu Park in between events.
See the official Daegu International Bodypainting Festival website
for mote information.
Also, see Chris’ original review and all pictures at
Chris in South Korea