Hosted by FACTBLOCK, the 3-day activation in Seoul, Korea from Sept. 6 – 8th will feature a curation of leading artists, web3 communities, industry titans and thought leaders
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WHO: nft now and FACTBLOCK have partnered to present The Gateway: Korea as one of the main events of Korea Blockchain Week. The three day activation will include an immersive audiovisual gallery of leading digital artists, partner activations and compelling programming of fireside chats, keynote speakers and more.
WHAT: The Gateway: Korea is the third iteration of The Gateway. It follows last year’s wildly successful five-day festival during Miami Basel that welcomed 12,000 visitors and featured leading brand partners such as Instagram (Meta), Porsche, FaZe Clan, RTFKT, Art Blocks, Alo Yoga, WME, MetaMask, 9dcc by gmoney and more. Coinciding with Frieze Seoul, The Gateway: Korea underlines the growing importance of digital assets in the conversation of art history.
Featuring immersive installations from Christie’s, adidas /// Studio, Beatport.io, and Polkadot, The Gateway: Korea will be hosted in partnership with LG Electronics, ARC and I’m eco. A VIP preview will kick off the event followed by a concert curated by Beatport.io. Brand new initiatives from multiple partners will be revealed throughout the three days.
- Alpha Centauri Kid
- Adra Kandil
- All Seeing Seneca
- Claire Silver
- Dave Krugman
- Emi Kusano
- Emonee LaRussa
- Grant Yun
- IX Shells
- J.N. Silva & Will Selviz
- Krista Kim
- Lara Zankoul
- Luis Ponce
- Refik Anadol
- Reuben Wu
- Sam Spratt
- Sasha Stiles
- Stephy Fung
- Tyler Hobbs
*More speakers to be confirmed.
- Beeple, Artist
- Ed Hill, SVP Beatport Media Group
- Finn Martin, Co-Founder Define Creative
- Krista Kim, Artist
- Lady Pheønix, Founder Crypto Fashion Week
- Nicole Sales Giles, VP, Director, Digital Art Sales at Christie’s
- Ray Chan, 9GAG Founder
- Stacey King, Adidas /// Studio Global Head of Communications and Activation
- ThankYouX, Artist
- When: September 6 – 8 – Breakdown of events as follows:
- VVIP + Press Preview: Wednesday, September 6 | 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.
- VIP Opening Party: Wednesday, September 6 | 9 p.m.- 1 a.m.
- Open to Registered Public: Thursday, September 7 – Friday, September 8 | 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
- Address: S-Factory, Seoul, Seongdong-gu, Yeonmujang 15-gil, 11 에스펙토리 3층 301호
- To Register for a Free Ticket: The Gateway: Korea
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nft now is the award-winning web3 digital media platform building the future of tokenized media. nft now is on a mission to empower the creators of culture and help drive mainstream adoption of NFTs and web3, which will redefine how creators and their communities share in the value they create and power a new economic model of prosperity. From industry-leading events like The Gateway and NFT100 to innovative products like the Now Pass and Now Network, nft now is redefining the role of a media company in web3.
“We are excited to usher in a new chapter with The Gateway’s global expansion to Seoul this September,” says Matt Medved, nft now co-founder, CEO and EIC. “Korea is experiencing an unprecedented moment of worldwide cultural crossover. The Gateway: Korea will celebrate this convergence by welcoming the leading creators and innovators at the forefront of web3 for an unparalleled event that transcends physical and digital and bridges East and West.”
Korea Blockchain Week (KBW) is a premier blockchain and web3 event that brings together the industry’s brightest minds to discuss, redefine, and celebrate the future of the industry. Founded and hosted by FACTBLOCK and co-hosted by Hashed, KBW is returning for the sixth year. The highly anticipated KBW2023 will be the story of blockchain and web3 told over 6 days in three parts: IMPACT, The Gateway and Seoulbound.
IMPACT, the keystone conference, hosted by FACTBLOCK and co-hosted by Hashed, provides a captivating platform for influential figures to delve into the latest topics in blockchain, web3, gaming, DeFi, NFTs, regulations, and more. The Gateway: Korea, a new powerful addition to KBW2023, co-hosted by nft now and FACTBLOCK is an immersive audiovisual gallery of leading digital artists and compelling programming of fireside chats, keynote speakers and more. Micro Seoul Festival: Seoulbound, a two-day EDM and visual art music festival co-hosted by FACTBLOCK, Seoul Land and RXM, will take place at Seoul Land and serve as the closing ceremony for KBW2023.
FACTBLOCK is a web3 community builder dedicated to enhancing the integrity of the blockchain industry by effectively addressing information asymmetry and promoting transparency. Serving as an essential bridge into Korea, the company seamlessly connects global businesses with the Korean market, presents domestic companies on a global scale, and plays a crucial role in facilitating the transition from web2 to web3 of their partners. FACTBLOCK offers a diverse range of services, including business development, advisory, consulting, PR, conferences, and events, driving growth for its clients and empowering them to navigate successfully through the complexities of the evolving web3 landscape.
“The Gateway: Korea, co-hosted by FactBlock and nft now, will showcase world-class digital artists on the Korean stage,” said Seonik Jeon, CEO of FactBlock, “bridging Korean culture and Web3 technology for a brighter future.”
adidas /// Studio, also known as Three Stripes Studio is a unique unit within the iconic sportswear brand focused on the conception and execution of Adidas’ global Web3 campaigns. Its mission is to craft brand strategies, develop partnerships, cultivate communities, and design products.
Stacey King, Adidas /// Studio Global Head of Communications and Activation shares, “Korea has been on our activation bucket-list for some time now – you’ve got a world-class Web3 ecosystem, a cultural melting pot of art, design and music, along with an incredibly dedicated and engaged Web3 community. It’s been nearly two years and a huge range of activity since adidas first launched into Web3, so nft now’s Gateway Korea feels like the perfect moment for us to show-up and connect with our Community in Asia. We’re also excited to bring the global debut of something new for the Three Stripes in this space… Here we come, Seoul – see you all there!”
Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expertise in auctions, Christie’s was the first major auction house to introduce non-fungible tokens (NFTs) onto the global auction stage and ushered in a wave of enthusiastic interest from collectors and artists alike.
“We are very excited to collaborate with nft now for the third time – and for the first time in Asia – alongside both Korea Blockchain Week and Frieze Seoul. This is a perfect activation for us, as we continue to grow our Digital Art offerings to a global client base. We are particularly excited to launch a very cool project – on view for the first time at The Gateway. You’ll have to stop by to see it!”
Beatport.io is a next-generation digital marketplace bridging the gap between electronic music culture and cutting-edge technology. The platform enables the creation and collection of unique digital projects and products that span the full spectrum of electronic music culture. Beatport.io stands at the forefront of digital innovation in electronic music culture and the platform was developed in partnership with Define Creative and built on Aventus, a parachain in the Polkadot ecosystem.
Polkadot is the blockspace ecosystem for boundless innovation. It enables Web3’s biggest innovators to get their ideas to market fast, with flexible costs and token options. By making blockchain technology secure, composable, flexible, efficient, and cost-effective, Polkadot is powering the movement for a better web.
LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company is an industry leader in televisions and audio-video systems and a globally recognized innovator for its leadership in OLED TVs which is revolutionizing the premium TV category. LG is committed to improving customers’ lives with innovative home entertainment products led by award-winning OLED TVs and QNED Mini LED TVs featuring Quantum Dot NanoCell technology and sound solutions with sustainable design.
ARC is Asia’s ultra curated community in Web3, enabled by NFTs as proof of membership. Their long-term vision and shared purpose is to have their community be at the frontier of pushing the Web3 space in Asia forward through collective value creation.
I’m eco is zero carbon footprint for the present and the next generation. They strive to measure and minimize carbon emissions throughout the production and consumption of their products.
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