The 2013 World Caricature in Seoul is being held from June 27 until July 29 under the co-sponsorship of Seoul Metropolitan Government, Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism (MCST), and International Society of Caricature Artists (ISCA). Held to upgrade the urban image of Seoul and attract more tourists, the event will be accompanied by ancillary events such as convention, professional artists’ session, and prize-winning contest offered for amateur caricature artists.
The theme for the event was 100 Koreans and Foreigners Loved by Koreans as a result of voting held in May. A total of 213 works (36 submitted by politicians, 93 by entertainers, 39 by business people, and 45 by those engaging in culture and sports) will be displayed, having been selected from among the 2,500-plus works submitted by professional caricature artists both in and out of the country.
The opening ceremony for VIPs and press will be held at 5:00 PM on June 26 at the Sejong Center along with the prize-awarding ceremony. General admission will commence at 10:00 AM on June 27.
Meanwhile, an ancillary event dubbed Caricature Convention will be held at the Seoul Human Resource Development Center in Yangjae-dong, Seoul between July 8 and 11 with diverse themes such as drawing a caricature within the designated time, drawing caricatures similar to the presented object, and drawing the most interesting caricature.
The one hundred–plus caricature artists attending the event will draw caricatures of the Hangang (River), Seoul city wall, Dongdaemun Market, Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul Plaza, and Gwanghwamun and donate them to Seoul Metropolitan Government. The donated caricatures are expected to go a long way as publicizing materials related to the tourist destination-related storytelling program being pursued by Seoul Metropolitan Government.
At another ancillary event dubbed Digital Caricature Seminar, the following world-renowned caricaturists will give lectures: Jan op De Beeck of Belgium, Tomo Tabata of Japan (on July 6), Marcus Sakoda of the United States, and Anthony Geoffroy of France (on July 13).
During the event period, participating caricaturists will draw works using local residents as models at Seoul Plaza, New City Hall and Seoul Metropolitan Library on a total of ten occasions on weekends.
“Having world-renowned artists draw your caricature will be a lifetime opportunity. We hope it will serve as an occasion to invigorate the country’s relevant art and industry and enhance the image of Seoul as a city of digital culture,” said Mr. Seo Jeong-hyeop, the Seoul Metropolitan Government officer in Director-General of Tourism Policy.