POW! WOW! Korea
3 November 2017
“Pow!” – you have been struck by art.
“Wow!” – you exclaim in awe.
This is the sort of reaction that visitors of Pow! Wow! have most often as they enter the festival’s grounds. The festival takes its name from traditional Native American gatherings that celebrate history, art, and the preservation of their rich cultures. The pow-wow’s musical and festive aspect is what inspired the modern day international rendition of the urban arts festival.
For almost a decade, Pow! Wow! has grown exponentially, and expanded from Honolulu to various corners of the world. In each of its editions, it hosts not only mural and musical projects, but also organizes gallery shows, lectures, workshops, and live art installations.
In 2017, Pow! Wow!’s magic has expanded to yet another city and another country; this year the festivities also took place in South Korea’s capital, Seoul. The eight-day festival featured ten local and overseas artists who painted seven murals, as well as various musical shows, film screenings, exhibitions and pop-up shops.
Pow! Wow!’s mission is to bring people together through creative endeavors, educate the youth about art and music, and to beautify communities. Check out the images by Brandon Shigeta to see how the festival brought color and soul to the South Korean city.