* Date : 2015-09-15
Year 2016 will mark the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and France, and at the summit meeting held in France in November 2013, the heads of state decided to designate 2015 and 2016 as the “Years of Korea-France Bilateral Exchanges" and organize special cultural events and programs. The Year of Korea in France will last from September 2015 to August 2016, while the Year of France in Korea will last from January to December 2016.
The INNERview crew went to the National Gugak Center to meet Choe Jun-ho, the artistic director representing Korea. He is an experienced artist and administrator, who has headed the Korean Cultural Center in France and actively promoted Korean culture and arts overseas. He was there to check out the rehearsal of Jongmyo Jeryeak, or the Royal Ancestral Ritual Music, that will be presented as the opening performance on September 18 at Théàtre National de Chaillot (Chaillot National Theater).
He described the historical and cultural value of Jongmyo Jeryeak, an intangible cultural asset of Korea that provides a glimpse into our predecessors’ artistry as well as the traditional values and ideas, and he also explained that subtitles will be provided during the performance in France so that the content can be better understood by the French audience.
Starting this September, various aspects of Korean culture and arts will be presented throughout France at major museums, art museums and performance halls, while French cultural events and programs will also be held across Korea for a year starting next January. These events and programs are expected to help the people of Korea and France gain a better understanding of each other’s culture and solidify our ties.
Join us on The INNERview this week to meet Choe Jun-ho and learn about the cultural events that will take place in the Years of 2015-2016 of Korea-France Bilateral Exchanges!