Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Cultural events during the Seoul 2012 Nuclear Security Summit
Various cultural events is going to take place throughout the duration of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit (photo: Yonhap News).
By taking place under the theme ”Beyond Security Towards Peace,” the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit has organized cultural events to raise awareness of Korean culture for heads of state and members of international organizations who are participating in the summit. With the participation of 53 heads of state and four international organizations, the summit would serve an important role to expose Korean culture all over the world in an effective way.
[Dinner gala & cultural event]
On March 27 directly after the summit, the leaders of participating nations and their spouses as well as heads of international organizations will be invited to a special dinner and cultural event. The Korean spring-themed dinner will be served with the traditional specialties of eight provinces of Korea.
After dinner, the ambassador of the summit, singer Park Jung-hyun, will get on stage to sing ”Peace Song” specially written for this global summit. Some traditional songs and performances such as Sujecheon, an ancient Korean musical composition accompanied by a royal court dance, salpuri (an exorcism), and hanryangmu (dance) will also follow.
“The event was intended to incorporate the opinions of Korean artists who love peace and also the quintessence of Korean traditional arts” said the Preparatory Secretariat for the Nuclear Security Summit.
The media center in COEX provides a space for cultural experiences.
[Culture & Tourism Booth]
The media center inside COEX, where the summit takes place, is outfitted with a culture and tourism promotional booth where summit participants will take part in a culture experience program. The corners of the booth will be covered with traditional Korean artifacts and craftworks. The booth also provides spaces for experience programs such as trying on Hanbok, receiving acupuncture treatments, drinking herbal tea, and watching K-pop music videos.
[Exhibition: Art Project - Communion]
Korean and Japanese artists gathered to share their views and express their ideas over a variety of art forms at the media center. The Art Project 2012: Communion exhibition brings together diverse artistic interpretations of nuclear issues while also highlighting the specific artistic methods that can be utilized to advance the aims of international peace and safe use of nuclear power. The project has been on display since March 25 and will continue to March 27 exclusively for summit participants, remaining open to the public for one extra day on March 28. For more information, visit www.moca.go.kr
The Art Project 'Communion' is on display (Photo courtesy of National Museum of Contemporary Art).
Also, there is a cyber museum and a culture technology experience room where visitors can create their own avatar and play a cyber game to.
Outside the summit venue, old palaces have arranged cultural events to increase the participation of the general public. On March 26, the king and the queen of the Joseon Dynasty were reimagined taking a stroll around Gyeongbokgung (Gyeongbok Palace) and 20 Korean artists registered as Intangible Cultural Assets gave traditional performances at Deoksugung.
A modern reinterpretation of royal banquets will be performed at Gyeongbokgung from March 28 for three days.
For those of who missed the chance to get involved in any of the cultural events, from March 28 to 30 Gyeonghoeru Pavilion in Gyeongbokgung will be staging nightly performances of the Gyeonghoeru Yeonhyang, a modern reinterpretation of the special royal banquets that were held for court officials and foreign envoys. Since debuting last year, the Gyeonghoeru Yeonhyang has been praised for its alluring blend of traditional music, architectural splendor, and a one-of-a-kind nightscape.
Visitors to Changdeokgung (Changdeok Palace) on March 27 will have the opportunity to enjoy a moonlight walk through the UNESCO-designated world heritage site for a taste of history, culture, and various pictoresque views.
The National Gugak Center will stage performances of the 500-year-old ensemble piece ”Yeongsanhoesang” from March 27 to 28.
At the National Gugak Center, meanwhile, the center's court music orchestra will be performing the 500-year-old ensemble piece "Yeongsanhoesang" from March 27 to 28. Based on traditional Buddhist vocal music, "Yeongsanhoesang" is a definitive work in the traditional music repertoire that will provide audiences with a thorough introduction to traditional Korean music.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced that the special events taking place throughout the duration of the global summit would help summit participants and visitors gain a broader perspective of Korea as well as a deeper understanding of Korean culture by engaging themselves in the experience programs.