What is the “Korea-Russia Year of Cultural Exchanges”?
In recognition of the importance of promoting mutual cooperation, Korea and Russia have agreed to designate the two-year period from 2020 (the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship) through 2021 as the “Year of Cultural Exchanges” and increase their mutual partnership in the areas of culture and the arts.
양After establishing diplomatic ties on September 30, 1990, the Korean and Russian governments concluded a cultural agreement on November 19, 1992, to establish an avenue for restoring and promoting popular understanding and awareness on both sides after the interruptions and estrangement that occurred during the Cold War era. On November 16, 2019, a working agreement for the “Korea-Russia Year of Cultural Exchanges” was signed, with both sides agreeing to promote active exchange efforts involving people working in the culture and arts fields as well as to encourage cooperation among institutions to enhance cultural dialogue and exchange and lay the groundwork for a lasting long-term partnership.
The official slogan of the Korea-Russia Year of Cultural Exchanges is “Friendship. Trust. Action.” It includes the three core strategies of ▲ comprehensive bidirectional exchange, ▲ next-generation cultural exchange, and ▲ cultural exchange with public engagement, which serve as focal points for a wide range of culture and arts exchange projects in major Korean and Russian cities. Russia’s leading examples of culture and arts are also to be presented in Korea through the staging of the Russia Seasons festival in 2021, and Korea will be taking part as a guest of honor at the Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum, a large-scale international cultural event held each year in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. Additionally, an official certification system is being provided to support encounters between the two cultures and the broadening of exchange and cooperation settings in different fields.
The Korea-Russia Year of Cultural Exchanges is poised to usher in a new chapter in the history of cultural relations between the two countries as it promotes deeper mutual understanding, cements their friendship, and contributes to the development of diversity and creativity in both cultures.
- Office of ‘Korea-Russia Year of Cultural Exchanges’