The Seoul Metropolitan Government recently announced its 2021 culture policies and said it plans to invest 524.1 billion won in total for this year’s cultural policies. Some of the significant cultural projects are 1) to establish a cultural infrastructure (106 billion won), 2) to recover the culture and arts community affected by COVID-19 and create a sustainable environment for creative works and cultural enjoyment (214.1 billion won), and 3) to preserve and utilize history and culture while improving citizens’ life through design (204 billion won).
Establishing cultural infrastructure
This year, Seoul will spend 13 billion won to support the launch of 12 public libraries in some of the city’s autonomous districts. It will also provide support for creating at least eight public libraries every year.
Four unique cultural facilities will be opened this year, starting from Dilkusha in March, the Seoul Museum of Craft Art in May, the Seoul Artists’ Governance Platform in June, and the Art Archives, Seoul Museum of Art, in December.
Over the last decade, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has opened five new museums and art galleries in the city. It also plans to open nine more culture and arts venues by 2024. In particular, this plan focuses on the southwest and northeast neighborhoods of the city where cultural infrastructure is relatively short of.
Recovering the culture and arts communities affected by COVID-19 while creating a sustainable environment for creative works and cultural enjoyment
The Seoul Metropolitan Government will spend a total of 15 billion won in supporting the artists’ creative works and creating 2,872 jobs in the arts industry. The city government will spend a 7.5 billion won budget in March, earlier than planned, to provide support for festival/event-related industries while making sure that these events can be safely held in compliance with COVID-19 safety rules.
“We plan to implement policies to ensure that anyone can enjoy culture and arts within or near the daily living area and artists can freely demonstrate their capabilities,” said Yoo Yeon-sik, Deputy Mayor for Culture at the Seoul Metropolitan Government.