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Int'l culture and arts symposium in Yeongwol

Korea is to host the third international symposium for the Universities of Culture and Arts in the World Education Area Cooperation Council (UCAWE). Dubbed “UCAWE International Symposium 2009” the event is to take place at Jangneung, Yeongwol County in Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province) from May 18 to 24.

The symposium began at the Moscow University of Culture and Arts in 2007, driven by the Russian Federation and key cultural figures of the country. Vietnam held the second symposium in 2008. The 2010 symposium after Korea will be held in France.

Korea’s hosting of the UCAWE Symposium is timely, as the following year in 2010 Korea will commemorate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Russia.

At the symposium, some 80 or more representative figures of culture, art and education in the world from 42 nations will gather to discuss various aspects of art, culture and education.

Another 1,000 experts, specialists and educators of related fields (300 of which from overseas), will also visit the city to have new exchanges and network. Prime Minister Han Seung-soo has already visited Yeongwol city to encourage the organizing committee.

Image of Korean folk poet Kim So-wol created and donated to Yeongwol City by Russian sculptor Gregory PotoskyRussia for its part is sending Viktor Vasilievich Afanasiev, rector of Moscow State University of Culture and Arts, sculptor Gregory Potosky, artist Nikas Safronov, 2002 Olympic gold medalist figure skater Marina Anissina, Nikita Dzhigurda, the actress, Anastasia Volochkova of the Bolshoi Ballet, pianist Yuri Rozum and more.

The culture ministers from Vietnam, Guatemala and other countries will also be there.

There will be discussions on a total of 25 topics in five sessions. The first session is to discuss the cultural potential of planet earth and priorities of its policy; the second is on cultural variety and dialogue; the third on the worldwide university associations of cultural art; and the fourth on social cultural activity. An additional fifth session will highlight Korea’s culture of the past and present and gauge its potential to succeed overseas.

Meanwhile, the VIP participants will also tour the truce village of Panmunjeom located at the border region between the two Koreas, Korean Folk Village in Yongin in Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), two major palaces: Gyeongbok-gung, Changdeok-gung of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) the National Museum in Korea in downtown Seoul and other local museums in Yeongwol. Gugak, the Korean traditional music, Seoul Pops Orchestra and Russian Chamber Music Orchestra will provide musical entertainment throughout the UCAWE Symposium.

The 2008 UCAWE International Symposium in VietnamFor the locals, the symposium has also prepared experience programs trying out Korean court culture with colorful costumes or making rice cakes.

A B-boy performance and the Namsadang traditional performance troupe are also expected to add to the festivities, together with a club party featuring jazz and a rock band. A traditional night market will open from 9 p.m. every night.

Yeongwol County hopes to emerge as a city of culture, more precisely as the city of museums opening the way for new culture in the country. The region currently has 14 large museums -- photography, folk painting, insect, tea ware engravings, geography etc., -- with another nine currently underway at the construction site. The place hopes to establish a world class art and culture forum of its own at some point.

For more information visit: UCAWE International Symposium 2009

By Kim Hee-sung Staff Writer

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