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Storytelling contest on Korea due for G20 Summit

2010/08/05 Source

By Ines Min

Proponents of Korean culture will have a chance to show off their creative skills in a contest to be hosted by the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI), the organization announced earlier this week.

The contest, in which applicants must share the beauty of an aspect of Korean culture, is being held in conjunction with the C20, or Culture 20, on behalf of internationally-known figures from the G20 countries ahead of the Seoul summit in November.

The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of 5 million won ($4,200) and an invitation to C20 Night, the closing ceremonies of the 3 day cultural summit from Sept. 8 to 10. The winner will have an opportunity to meet with famous cultural figureheads.

Attending names include Guy Sorman, a French writer and scholar specializing in philosophy and economics; Vittorio Missoni, chairman of the Italian fashion house; and Sabina Berman, one of Mexico's most successful playwrights, journalists and culture critics.

Second and third place winners will receive 3 million won and 1 million won, respectively.

Applicants must relate a story on three of six topics ("hansik", Korean food, "hanji", traditional Korean paper, "hanbok", traditional Korean dress, "Hangeul", the Korean alphabet, "hanok", traditional Korean houses and Korean music). Entries can be in any form, from narrative prose to video documentaries or animation, but no longer than seven minutes.

The competition is open to the general public. Individual or group applications are due by Aug. 10 to, with entries being submitted by Aug. 25. The winners will be announced Sept. 1. For more information, visit Open the link

The C20 hopes to transform participants into natural Korean ambassadors. The summit will be filled with a myriad of activities, from visits to the Korea National Museum to a chefs' excursion to Noryangjin Fish Market, authentic cuisine to a discussion forum.

"The representatives from G20 countries will experience Korean culture through their five senses", organizers said. "The G20 Seoul summit will focus much attention on Korea and the C20 will be a very effective and concentrated way to introduce the fundamentals of Korean culture to the world".

The CICI, established in 2003, is a local organization that works to improve Korea's image abroad and to foreign residents here, through a variety of cultural exchanges, activities and symposiums.

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