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Press Release

A Step Toward Globalization of Korean Puppet Theater with UNIMA Korea

Chuncheon, Korea's cultural capital learn new art and dream about future art!
-An online forum of experts will be held to find models for Asian puppet theater school-


YUNIMA Korea (Chairman Lim Jung-mi) will invite domestic related institutions and performance experts to hold an online forum ahead of the establishment of the "Puppet Drama Arts Startup Support Center which will be Asia's first scheduled in Chuncheon.
The Asia Puppet Theater School Model Discovery Forum, which will begin online at 2 p.m. on the 19th (Saturday), will examine the situation in domestic and foreign puppet theater industry, and also explore the sustainability of organization operation through similar institutions in Korea.
In this forum, the first part proposes a model for a puppet theater school through the example of a similar institution, and the second consists of time to explore ways to revitalize and expand puppet shows through puppet shows and genre criticisms viewed by performance critics.

Part 1 – Yoo Jin-woo, Parm Theater Representative / Kim Tae-yong, Cart Stage Representative / Cho Dong-hee, Team Leader of Seoul Street Art Creation Center / Kim Hong-cheon, Team Leader of Korean Film Academy

Part 2 – Um Hyun-hee, Theater critic / Kim Il-song, Performance columnist / Kim Min-kwan, Theater critic / Kim Nam-soo, Dance critic

Chuncheon City, which has built its reputation as a city of cultural and artistic festivals such as Chuncheon Puppet Festival, Chuncheon Mime Festival, Chuncheon Arts Festival, and Chuncheon Theater Festival, expects the Puppet Theater Startup Support Center, which is scheduled to open in 2022, will become the first performing center in Korea to combine basic art education and civic arts. The center is expected to systematically conduct general civic art education activities along with leading domestic and foreign experts, as well as re-education of experts centered on creative processes, including discovering and nurturing young artists.

Lim Jung-mi, chairman of UNIMA Korea, who organizes the forum, said through the center that Puppet Theater Arts will become a genre of art that everyone can enjoy beyond the limitations of children's plays, and furthermore, we will create a cultural and artistic city, Chuncheon, and a specialized in Puppet Theater.

UNIMA Korea, which organizes for the Asia Puppet Theater School Model Discovery Forum, is located in Chuncheon Puppet Theater, and plans to strengthen its network to spread the strengths of Korean puppetry as well as Chuncheon through exchanges with more than 100 member countries around the world. Based on this, it plans to make all-out efforts to ensure that UNIMA General Assembly 2024 will be held in Chuncheon.

The forum will be available to anyone through the online channel YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/PuppetFestivalChuncheon) and will also receive reviews of the forum through real-time comments.

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