GWANGJU, Dec. 17 (Korea Bizwire) – Asia’s largest cultural center in the southwestern city of Gwangju said Thursday that it not only exhibits cultural content but produces it, too.
The Asia Culture Center (ACC) opened last month after a decade of planning and construction. At 160,000 square meters, it is the largest cultural space on the continent, according to the center itself in South Jeolla Province.
Sixteen of the 33 original theater performances showcased at the opening of the center will be shown at international festivals, the center said.
Among them, “Ten Thousand Tigers,” a visual theater act by Malaysian artist Ho Tzu Nyen, was co-financed by the ACC, Australian theater Carriageworks and the Vienna Festival, and it will tour around the world for the next two years.
The ACC has also been archiving various Asian myths and legends. Five South Korean authors have traveled to Uzbekistan to study its culture and history, and are now conducting archival work in Gwangju, the center said.
“We’re planning to exhibit Asian myths using three-dimensional data on cultural relics from countries like Cambodia,” an ACC official said. “We’re also trying to create characters based on these myths.”
The ACC also created an orchestra comprised of traditional instruments from South Korea and 10 other Asian countries in 2009. The orchestra has been performing at various international events, including at the World Conference on Arts Education in 2010 and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, west of Seoul.
The ACC said that it will expand partnerships with Central Asian nations for its traditional orchestra, dance troupe and myth-telling project.