Asia Culture Complex to Open Doors on September 4th Next Year
The much-anticipated National Asia Culture Complex in Gwangju will open its doors to the public on September 4th next year.
Parts of the complex will be opened when the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade kicks off on July and the rest of the cultural and artistic programs and facilities will open two months later.
The parts of the Cultural complex opening its doors early for the Universiade include the Cultural Information Agency, the Library Park and the Creative Center.
Cultural and artistic contents, as well as operation programs for the complex, will be finalized this August.
In addition, the World Music Festival featuring concerts from worldwide singers and bands including Mayra Andrade from Cuba, Nina Van Horn from France and Orango from Norway will be held from August 29th for two days on the rooftop of the Cultural Creation Center at the Asia Culture Complex.
Construction rate for the complex located in downtown Gwangju near the old Jeollanamdo provincial hall currently stands at 94 percent.
Geumnamro To be Transformed into Artistic Residency
Geumnamro Street will be transformed into an artistic residency area on August 8th from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. in the morning.
Featuring 100 artists from Korea and overseas, ‘From May 18th to the Sewol Ferry Sinking: Drawing Project’ will be carried out at the old Jeollanamdo provincial hall and Geumnam Park overnight and the complete paint work will be exhibited in a special project exhibition at the Gwangju Museum of Art.
Gwangju Biennale Foundation will conduct various performances promoting the historical sites related to the May 18th Democratization Movement in Gwangju and 8 different performances themed after the May 18th Democratic Uprising will be held on August 8th.
International performance art, ‘Look Together’ will also be hosted on August 8th for three days on Geumnamro Street and the May Road, focusing on state violence and communication as well as harmony and a number of domestic and international artists from Italy, Poland, Mexico and Estonia will participate.
During the event, a conventional intra-city bus 518, which makes stops at May 18th historical sites, will be turned into an artistic performance hall hosting various artistic programs and exhibitions.
Gwangju International Film Festival to Showcase 91 Films from 25 Countries
The films to be showcased at the Gwangju International Film Festival have been finalized as of yesterday. They include 91 international films submitted from 25 different countries.
A total of 41 feature-length films and 50 short films produced in 25 countries will be introduced throughout the film festival from August 28th to September 1st at the Gwangju Lotte Cinema Chungjang branch and the Gwangju Visual-Cultural Center.
Divided into 11 different categories, including humanity vision, family cinema, and new look on the Korean films, the upcoming Gwangju International Film Festival will show films featuring a variety of different topics.
The opening film is ‘Spring’, produced by filmmaker Jo Geun-hyun, who made himself known with his film, ’26 Years’ which deals with the May 18th Democratization Movement and is a fictionalized account of how the survivors from this large massacre and the bereaved families of the democratic activists plan for revenge on the person who’s responsible.
A documentary work on Korea’s 15th president, Kim Dae-jung and his political life, ‘Mr. Sunshine’, will also premiere at the festival for the first time.
Gwangju Marks the Highest Participation Rate for ‘Good Driver Mileage’
The first day of August will celebrate one year anniversary since the first adoption of ‘Good Driver Mileage’ system in which it allows drivers with no-accident records for more than 1 year to reduce penalty points imposed by the police for violation of traffic law or traffic accidents.
Among the entire drivers in possession of the driver’s license, the city of Gwangju marked the highest participation rate at 20 percent as some 173,000 drivers out of the entire 836,000 drivers in the city signed up for the mileage program.
Following Gwangju, the city of Incheon recorded the second highest participation rate at 17 percent with Seoul marking the lowest participation rate at 3 percent.
Among the mileage members in Gwangju, some 46,000 drivers broke the traffic law or involved in traffic accident invalidating their membership for the ‘Good Driver Mileage’.
The regional police agency has announced that since the Good Driver Mileage came into effect, the traffic accident reduced by 3 percent with traffic law violation slashed by 11 percent year-on-year.
Drivers can sign up for the mileage in regional police agency or website at efine.go.kr.