Cultural Partnership Initiative
The objective of the Cultural Partnership Initiative is to respect the cultures of other countries through cultural exchange, increase mutual understanding, and seek successful cooperative relationships. The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, local governments, and various culture and arts organizations are cooperating to implement the project, which invites professionals in culture and arts, tourism, and sports from Asia, South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe to Korea for six months and offers them a chance to experience Korean culture and exchange their cultures with Korean people.
It began in 2005 as the Asia Cultural Partnership Project which invited Asia’s culture and arts professionals to Korea. It later expanded its scope to include artists from South America and Africa and changed its name to the Cultural Partnership Initiative. It expanded further to include Eastern Europe in 2010. The outcome of this project is that young talents in related fields such as culture and arts and the cultural industry have been taking part in building a reciprocal cooperative model based on culture since 2005. Between 2005 and 2013, 776 experts from 75 countries in Asia, Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe have participated in the project.