SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 23, 2020 — During this year-end holiday when it is difficult to think of having gatherings or going out, the Seoul Metropolitan Government launches the “Culture Todak Todak” program, aiming to comfort the citizens tired of the prolonged COVID-19.
Since September 2020, the city government has been providing this culture program. It includes “Traveling Performance” with citizens’ stories, a compilation edition of “Seoul Music Discovery,” Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Mi-Rak-Classic (Mi-Ra-Cl) Seoul,” Gukak (Korean traditional music) · Play · Street Arts Performances, and “Sejong ON Tour,” the online tour program of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.
First, for the “Traveling Performance,” the city receives the stories from test-takers, small business owners, and the elders going through difficult times. Based on their stories, ballad singers, idol bands, and trot singers, including Hwang Chi-yeul, MCND, and Na Tae-joo, provide their performances loved by people of all ages. The program continues until the end of this year via Zoom, the online meeting platform, due to the raised social distancing level. Anyone can enjoy their performance videos on Youtube.
Since this October, the city has provided the “Seoul Music Discovery ” program for Korean and foreign tourists and the citizens who find it hard to enjoy travel and arts performance. The compilation of the best episodes will be released on December 25. The concerts with pop music and art are performed in Seoul’s cultural destinations, where the audience can feel the vibe as if watching a live concert and having travel. Five episodes, including Song Ga-in’s trot concert and K-pop concerts by Oh My Girl and TXT, were already released and hit over 1 million views.
The city government also provides the “Mi-Ra-Cl Seoul with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra” to celebrate the New Year’s countdown with their loved families. This classic concert will feature the stories of the Seodaemun Prison History Hall with the histories of the patriotic martyrs who tried to overcome the national sufferings and open a new future with freedom. The concert will convey a message of closing this year while greeting a new year. It will be released on Youtube channels both of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seoul Metropolitan Government before the online bell-tolling ceremony begins on December 31.
Meanwhile, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra released eight newly-recorded tracks of Christmas carols for free on December 8. The streaming of the songs is available on the Orchestra’s Youtube channel. Also, anyone can listen to and download the songs for free at the Korea Copyright Commission’s webpage for sharing copyrighted materials (https://donate.copyright.or.kr).
For the public not allowed to visit art halls due to the pandemic, the city government provides a rich set of year-end special performances online. The programs will feature various genres, including Gukak performance in the Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater, plays in the Namsan Arts Center, and street arts performances, for the audience staying at home. The Seoul Donhwamun Traditional Theater will livestream the “Year-end Concert” on Youtube with a good-bye message to the struggling year of 2020.
The Namsan Arts Center will release four barrier-free episodes titled “Online Theater Without Barriers” from its 2020 season program via Youtube channel of the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture from December 23 through 30. The 13 episodes of “Street Arts Caravan” are also uploaded on Youtube while the 13 clips feature street arts performances recorded around every corner of the downtown.
The Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, which have been closed due to COVID-19, will present video content “Sejong ON Tour” for free of charge. It is the online version of the past “Sejong Tour,” a paid tour program in the Center. The house manager responsible for the Center’s lobby provides a guide to the theater to discover every corner of the place while giving detailed explanation. The online participants can enjoy a rare tour inside the pipe organ and the VIP area. The Sejong ON Tour will be available both in Korean and English on the Youtube channel of the Center for about one month starting from December 21.
More details about the year-end special contact-free programs are available in the Seoul Culture Portal (culture.seoul.go.kr). The video clips of various performances are uploaded on Youtube and NAVER TV.
Yoo Yeon-sik, Deputy Mayor for Culture Headquarters, said, “The Seoul Metropolitan Government designed various non-face-to-face cultural arts programs to convey a message of comfort and hope for citizens who stay home during this holiday season due to the continued social distancing restrictions. We hope that all citizens can stay warm and enjoy cultural arts at home to end this year on a good note and cheer for the start to a promising new year.”