At the ceremony of awarding the 63rd Seoul Culture Prize
Venue: Seoul City Hall
I would like to extend my deep-hearted congratulations and gratitude to the winners of the 63rd Seoul Culture Prize and those attending this event.
The Seoul Culture Prize was first awarded in 1948 in a bid to develop Seoul as a city of culture and art. A total of 631 people have received the award in recognition of their contribution to those efforts. It is an award boasting tradition and authority, part of the living history of Seoul’s culture.
May I introduce some of today’s prizewinners? Art director Byeon Jong-hyeok of the Traditional Art Corps of the Visually Disabled Playing Wind and String Instruments, who has strived to expand the sphere of the country’s traditional music; Playwright Lee Gang-baek, who has contributed greatly to the development of the country’s stage plays through many works, including Guards and Bokhui is Happy; Producers Min Jeong-hong and Lee Hye-jin, who have explored new faces with capability like Guckkasten or Jang Kiha and The Faces and contributed to the invigoration of diverse music genres through EBS programs like Space and Hello Rookies. It is good to see each of these people is engaging in hard work in his or her area to expand the diversity of the country’s cultural diversity and the expansion of their relevant spheres. We all owe much to them, and the country’s cultural capabilities are growing thanks to them.
No one will dispute the fact that culture is the greatest invention of humankind, enriching and enhancing our lives. We at the SMG will provide more support for cultural activities in the hope of soothing people living in difficulties under a plan to make Seoul a city of culture. I ask all of you to please be the key actors in the plan yourselves.