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‘Asia's Cultural Window to the World’… Asian Culture Complex Discloses Outline for Its Contents

News provided by Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism
November 11, 2013 11:34 KST

GWANGJU, SOUTH KOREA--(Korea Newswire) November 11, 2013 -- The outline has been unveiled for cultural contents that will occupy the Asian Culture Complex set to open in Gwangju, Korea in 2015.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is fostering this Southwestern metropolitan city, Gwangju as the hub city of Asian Culture that would promote mutual exchanges of culture and resources with its Asian neighbors, and achieve shared growth.

The Asian Culture Complex is a grand cultural space composed of Asian Arts Theatre, Cultural Promotion Agency, Asian Culture Information Agency, Agency of Culture for Children and Cultural Exchange Agency. The Complex has evoked much curiosity as to what kind of contents will be featured in it.

Following are the contents for each facility.

Asian Arts Theatre

Aiming to become the ‘Asian Contemporary Performance & Art Center focusing on Creativity Production’, it will hold an average of 80 noteworthy performances in Asia every year. For the opening display, the Asian Culture Complex is currently discussing a joint production with Ai Weiwei, a famed Chinese artist and a political dissident in his country who was named the world's most influential artist for 2011.

Cultural Promotion Agency

Aiming to become ‘The house for Asia Culture Creators’ combining the three sectors of Art-Science-Humanity, the place is in preparation for a total of seven exhibitions. ‘Display of Music - Electro TV’ will be opened to celebrate the 52nd anniversary of video art of the legendary media artist Nam June Paik.

Asian Culture Information Agency

The Agency is in charge of research and collecting resources for Asian culture. It is comprised of Asian Culture Research Institute, Asian Cultural Resource Center and Asian Culture Academy. Asian Culture Research Institute will conduct a research on contemporary Asian culture focusing largely on the figurative symbolism art, ceremonial performance art, basic lifestyle and immigration settlement. The Asian Cultural Resource Center holds an enormous amount of data (publications, videos, costumes, performances, DVDs and so on) gathered through both on and offline sources.

Agency of Culture for Children

It is a cultural space for children and family. Children can explore and have hands-on experience on the culture of Asia through works such as ‘Mysterious Asia,’ ‘Wisdom-filled Asia’ and ‘Cool Asia.’ Children Sports Expo will be held in order to commemorate the hosting of the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiad.

Cultural Exchange Agency

There will be a program to enhance Gwangju's status as a city of democracy, human rights and peace, and also to enable participants to engage in cultural exchanges with other cities in Asia. The May 18 Memorial Hall which made a good use of the old provincial government building of South Jeolla region, was the last struggling ground during the time of Gwangju Democratization Movement. The place presents 22 displays of the final 10 days of the pro-democracy uprising back in May 1980, all artistically refined.


The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Kim Soo-chan

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