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  • Seoul to Enhance Opportunity for Citizens to Enjoy Culture & Arts in COVID-19 Era

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    • The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced its 2021 culture policies and its plans to invest 524.1 billion won in total for this year’s cultural policies in an effort to establish a cultural infrastructure and recover the culture and arts community affected by COVID-19.
    • Four unique cultural facilities, including Dilkusha, Seoul Museum of Craft Art, and Seoul Artists’ Governance Platform, will be opened this year as well.
    • Seoul will support the launch of 12 public libraries in some of the city’s autonomous districts, and it will also provide support for creating at least eight public libraries every year.
    • 214.1 billion won will be invested to create a sustainable environment for creative works and cultural enjoyment.

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 10, 2021 – Four unique cultural facilities will be open in Seoul this year. They include the restoration site of Dilkusha, the house of Albert Taylor who first reported the March First Independence Movement to the world, and 12 public libraries mainly in culturally underprivileged neighborhoods. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will also spend 214.1 billion won to recover the cultural arts community hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    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.

    • Dilkusha: An exhibition hall that restores the original character of Dilkusha, the house of Albert Taylor who first reported the March First Independence Movement to the world, to be opened on March 1. 2021
    • Seoul Museum of Craft Art: Korea’s first craft specialized museum with more than 21,750 pieces of the collection
    • Seoul Artists’ Governance Platform: The world’s first cultural facility in Daehak-ro based on a public-private partnership with artists’ direct engagement
    • The Art Archives, Seoul Museum of Art: A space with a new concept which combines the archiving function of collecting, researching and exhibiting key contents of the contemporary art and the function as an art museum in Pyeongchang-dong

    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.

    • The Seo-Seoul Museum of Art in Geumcheon-gu and the Seoul Photographic Art Museum in Dobonggu are under development to be open until 2023.

    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.