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The Korea Festival in ASEAN program, organized by the Korea Foundation, is a comprehensive cultural program of diverse activities that seeks to introduce the culture and arts of Korea to the people of ASEAN. The program includes such events as live performances, exhibitions, and film screenings, as well as special forum/lecture series to discuss Korea-ASEAN relations.
The 2013 Korea Festival in ASEAN program will be presented from May 21, 2013 through July 2013 in several member countries of ASEAN, a newly emerging power of the global economy. To bolster Korea-ASEAN relations, the Festival program seeks to introduce aspects of Korea’s culture and arts to local audiences in an effort to enhance mutual understanding and encourage closer cooperation. Especially for people who are familiar with Korea’s popular culture (K-pop music and Korean Wave), the Festival activities will offer an ideal opportunity to enjoy Korea-related experiences in their home country.
The Festival program includes a touring exhibition that features a collection of print works from the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea. The displays reveal how the advancement of printmaking has been aligned with the development of print technology. The development of Korea’s print culture evolved along with the creation of print technology and mediums, including the introduction of lithography. The development of new mediums provided inspiration for the experimental creations of artists, which can be readily seen in their works. The exhibition illustrates the major trends in printmaking and explores new potential directions.Performance Events
From ancient times, the Korean people have greatly enjoyed singing and dancing as part of any holiday or special occasion. And this kind of group participation and community-mindedness will be on display at the Korea Festival in ASEAN events. The Festival performance events will be headlined by three performing groups: a classical music ensemble, a traditional instrumental group that seeks to express the past and present of Korea, and a dance troupe with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary dance.
a Soloists Chamber Orchestra, combines selected instruments of the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections, which enablesthe ensemble’s repertoire to encompass a wide range of works, from baroque to contemporary, along with chamber and symphonic music standards.
is the trailblazer of a new path for traditional Korean dance. As a successor of Taepyung-mu and Yansanhak-chum, the Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 92, Eun-ju SHIN creates works that integrate contemporary experimentation with a multi-faceted language of the body and motion, based on her artistic passion for contemporary expression and reinterpretation of tradition.EDx2 Dance Company
strives to present a unique and original repertoire, teeming with artistic sensitivity and descriptive movements. Established by Choreographer In-soo LEE, who is often labeled a street dancer-turned-choreographer, this group adeptly delves into such artistic genres as hip-hop, contemporary dance, drama, mime, and acrobatics.
combines the earthy essence of Korean folk music, shaman improvisational works, and Pansori narrative song with a smart, edgy, contemporary chamber jazz attitude. The boundless diversity and exuberance of the six musicians can be exotic and oddly familiar at the same time, somehow striking a primal chord within the audience.
The Korea Foundation ASEAN Fellowship Program for Korean Studies is established to foster new generations of Southeast Asian scholars in the field of Korean studies. The KF ASEAN Fellowship, jointly operated by the Korea Foundation and the Korean Studies Association of Southeast Asia (KoSASA), provides support for outstanding young scholars in ASEAN countries to study abroad for an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in Korean Studies.
To boost Korea-ASEAN exchange, the Korea Foundation will conduct Bilateral Forum gatherings in Indonesia and Singapore in an effort to strengthen bilateral cooperation through the development of personal relationships. It is hoped that the forum events can help to create an effective dialogue channel for representatives of the political, business, academic, and cultural sectors.
To supplement the Festival cultural activities, the Foundation will also present a special lecture series on various topics related to Korea in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. This touring lecture series will be held at leading universities and relevant institutions for Korea-related scholars and specialists, local journalists, and the general public across ASEAN.
In order to address fast-growing demand at overseas universities to expand their Korea-related lecture courses, the Korea Foundation launched a “KF Global e-School” initiative in 2011, which combines real-time online video lectures of Korea Studies courses in English together with offline programs, such as academic workshops and seminars. The e-School lectures cover such subjects as Korea’s politics, international relations, economics, business, sociology, and public administration, as well as the history, language, and culture of Korea.
In 2013, The Korea Foundation support Korean speech contests in 26 countries, including in Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore. The Korean speech contests offer much encouragement and recognition to the students of the Korean language.