Manpower Training for Asian Artistic Circles (Hub City of Asian Culture)

Republic of Korea
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Gwangju Metropolitan Government
Key objectives of the measure:

Hub City of Asian Culture (HCAC)

The HCAC project aims to create a peace-,art-and future-oriented city in Gwangju through inter-Asian cultural exchanges. It aspires to cultural exchange that can maximize studies and education on and creation and commercialization of Asian culture. It also carries on and develops the Gwangju spirit of democracy, human rights and peace.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
legislative, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

▪ Key activities are as follows. 1) Establishing and operating the state-run Asia Culture Center; 2) creating a culture-friendly urban environment by designating culture zones by core municipal function and remodeling local cultural sites. For instance, the Asian Cultural Exchange Zone in Nam-gu District (of Gwangju) has the Asia Art Village and Asia Culture Street, the area for the artists’ exchanges; 3) promoting creative activities of Asian artists and creating more opportunities for the local population to enjoy cultural activities. This project also nourishes professional artists and supports their activities by establishing and operating human resources development centers and providing training programs for professional content developers and producers; and 4) bolstering the city’s capacity and standing as a venue for cultural exchange while laying the groundwork for Asian cultural exchange.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

The Hub City of Asian Culture is expected to operate a “cultural complex” which has a combined function of cultural exchange, education and research, support for art production and provision of facilities for performing arts. It is also expected to establish cultural infrastructure, including seven major culture zones, which is connected with sub-hubs inside the city. This will eventually lead to the production of cultural high added values from the cultural industry, tourism industry and local brand projects. Also, human resources necessary for running the culture city will be trained and sufficiently supplied. As a final result, the project will stimulate inter-Asian cultural exchange and enhance the city’s brand value.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

4,495,335,029 dollar (over 20 years, 2004-2023)

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)