SEOUL, Apr. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Seoul and its autonomous districts are racing to present customized programs for the underprivileged, such as the disabled and the elderly.
What is unique about two of the new programs is that they broke the existing norms of ‘being quiet in the library’ and ‘bringing babies to classical concerts’.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government on Saturday, it will set aside separate spaces in the Eunpyeong District Library between July and August to operate a “noisy library” where people can freely read books out loud.
It will also install sound-proof facilities and offer customized reading programs to help slow learners who are at the border of developmentally disabled and non-disabled so that they can enjoy reading books without causing disturbance to other users.
The district libraries in Mapo and Songpa also plan to come up with programs to allow the disabled and non-disabled to mingle.
The Gangdong Arts Center, run by Gangdong District, will hold a ‘stroller music concert’ targeted for parents with babies in April and May.
Conventional classical music concerts typically refuse admission to infants on the grounds that they may interfere with musical appreciation.
However, the ‘stroller music concert’ can be viewed and enjoyed by all ages. Separate seats will be set up for audience members who bring strollers.
Furthermore, Jongno District is running a special theater for residents at eight locations, including a welfare center for the disabled and the elderly, some of who have difficulty finding theaters.
Films of various genres ranging from the latest blockbusters to memorable masterpieces will be screened for free one to four times a month.
D. M. Park (firstname.lastname@example.org)