Cultural events in Gwangju on sidelines of 2019 World Aquatics Championships


We are nearly a week in to the world aquatic
championships in Korea’s southwestern city of Gwangju. The city’s under the global spotlight, and
with so many people in town for it, there’s a big variety of cultural events to enjoy
on the sidelines. Lee Min-sun in Gwangju with more. At Gwangju’s Nambu University, the main venue
for the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, promotional booths have been set up with various
cultural programs for visitors to experience and learn more about Korean culture. Gwangju and its surrounding Jeolla provinces
are well known in South Korea for their local delicacies. For international visitors to get a unique
taste of Korea,… a local traditional food organization has prepared an exhibition displaying
ceremonial table settings for various rites of passage. “Since Gwangju is hosting an international
sporting event, we prepared traditional ritual tables for everything from birth celebrations
to wedding ceremonies so we can promote Korea’s food culture. Locally-prepared food and seven dishes that
represent Gwangju were selected. I hope visitors taste all of them.” The booths are not “for eyes only,” visitors
can also enjoy some hands-on experiences. Athletes here for the championships can get
a unique glimpse of Korean culture, scoop up some souvenirs and more importantly: take
home some unforgettable memories. “We are from germany and we are water divers. We had chance to look around maybe have a
view of the culture and what it’s different to Germany our home country. It’s very interesting to have look to the
other culture you have here.” “Between the competitions we have little bit
of time to go out in front of the pool and can see lot of things what they do here and
we got some gifts from Korea. I really like it to go around the pool.” Visitors can also chill at an outdoor beer
festival and enjoy Korean street food from food trucks at a nearby convention center. The beer festival will run throughout this
weekend and for another week in August. Dance and music performances are also lined
up at the athletes’ village and at other main venues during the weekends. Local artists have also put together an art
exhibition to celebrate the 2019 World Aquatics Championships being held in their part of
the world. An exhibition called “Dive Into You” displays
around 40 paintings and art pieces by 13 emerging artists from the area to celebrate the international
event. Young artists channel their imagination and
artistic flare to give international visitors a clearer idea about what Gwangju and its
people are all about. This art exhibition will run until July 28th
at Eunam Art Center and is open to all visitors, free of charge. Lee Min-sun, Arirang News, Gwangju.

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