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This month's 'Culture Day' to highlight young artists

All Headlines 16:41 August 29, 2016

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will hold its monthly "Culture Day" this week nationwide with a focus on various programs designed to help young talent grow into professional artists, the culture ministry said Monday.

In South Korea, the last Wednesday of every month is marked as Culture Day when various benefits, including discounts for entrance fees at museums, sports games, movies, theaters and exhibitions are offered. For example, moviegoers can enjoy a movie at a local cinema for 5,000 won, a 45 percent discount from the usual 9,000 won.

The Culture Day initiative was kicked off in January 2014 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment with an aim of helping South Koreans more easily enjoy cultural events.

The campaign is in line with the government's efforts to create a virtuous cycle of increasing people's consumption of cultural products which, in turn, can boost the growth of the industry and eventually help improve the overall quality of life. The measures can also help the local job market.

This Wednesday, about 2,500 events are scheduled to take place all across the country, according to the culture ministry.

Young artists residing in the government-run cultural venture complex called "cel" will present a performance that combines traditional Korean culture with cutting-edge technologies on an outdoor stage of the complex in central Seoul. The performance will be held twice, at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Sixty-nine teams of young artists chosen through auditions for the ministry's "Youth Mike" program will perform traditional Korean music mixed with contemporary elements, modern dance, the Korean traditional martial art of "taekkyeon" and a circus in 19 regions around the country.

The "Youth Mike" program began last month to provide aspiring artists with the opportunity to regularly perform in public on culture days.

In addition, some 500 public libraries around the country will double the maximum number of books that users can borrow a day.

For more information, visit the culture day website at www.culture.go.kr/wday. The website is available in Korean only.

sshim@yna.co.kr
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