Arts Competition Reborn after 40 Years

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Arts Competition Reborn after 40 Years

The National Folk Arts Competition , which was praised for promoting hidden artists whereas some others criticized it causes nationalism, will be altering its program for the first time in 40 years.
It will be revived as a new festival, eliminating the competition format, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced on April 27.
The annual event was established in 1958. In it's long history, it has celebrated about 400 kinds of traditional Korean folk culture events nationwide.
The event promoting national pride came under fire when it was used by then president Chun Doo Hwan as the counter attack to suppress the democratic process.
The event continues to grow and change as does the rich culture it represents.
Hwashik Bong : trojans@joongang.co.kr

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