Construction Announced for Five Cultural Facilities
A Classical Music Concert Hall, Crafts Museum, and Donghwamun Traditional Theater will open in order by 2020.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) recently announced a plan called “Vision 2030: Cultural City Seoul,” created through consultations and discussions held with over 5,000 citizens, experts, and public officials over a period of more than three years.
The plan is comprised of five categories of future visions (individual, community, district, city, and administration) related to the life of citizens and ten goals for achieving those visions, which are directed toward the happiness of citizens and cultural development. In addition, 25 detailed tasks to be executed by 2030 have been devised.
First, the cultural rights of Seoul citizens will be declared for the first time in 2016, guaranteeing the cultural rights of every citizen living in Seoul. In 2017, the framework ordinance on culture in the city, which will be the basis for the cultural policy of Seoul, will be established.
Second, cultural networks, including such groups as the civic orchestra, will be expanded in order to revitalize genre-based cultural clubs, and a community-based cultural platform will be established.
In addition, a variety of cultural therapy programs will be operated for the socially vulnerable, such as high school dropouts, victims of bullying, etc.
Third, projects for constructing a museum and the “One Thousand Parks and One Thousand Forests” plan will be implemented in 2018 to secure leisure and rest areas for citizens.
Fourth, the major festivals of the four seasons will be promoted, and 13 museums of various types will be constructed in which history and modernity coexist.
In addition, the SMG will support the stabilization of the artist lifestyle. By 2030, a thousand public rental housing will be created for artists, and the artists will be encouraged to move into cultural facilities and social welfare facilities located downtown.
Lastly, the existing method led by the government will be handed over to citizens, and gradually changed to a method in which experts and public institutions cooperate with each other.