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Online performances to enjoy this weekend; ASSITEJ Korea Winter Festival presents shows for children
Updated: 2021-01-08 14:18:14 KST
Friday is finally here, and what better way to spend the weekend than by enjoying some culture?
For our weekly 'Life With Culture' segment our arts and culture correspondent Kim Bo-kyoung is here in the studio with us. Hello Bo-kyoung, I heard there's plenty on this weekend for those with young children.

That's right Conn-young, elementary school students are now starting their winter vacation. Unfortunately, with the freezing weather and coronavirus, it is rather hard for kids to enjoy cultural performances. But one festival still gives kids the chance to enjoy some culture, either in person, or online from the comfort of their homes.
Let's take a look.

'I'm still with you.'
This is the theme of this year's ASSITEJ Korea winter festival, which aims to tell children that arts will always be with them, even amid difficult times.
ASSITEJ, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People, has around 80 countries as members.
The South Korean branch has around one- hundred -50 associated theater companies, who are putting on performances just for children.
The president of the Korean bureau says it was concerned about whether it would be safe for kids to come to shows amid COVID-19 so it surveyed parents to find out their opinions.

"We have asked around three-hundred mothers. They were very worried about their kids' future, as they cannot interact with the world and might not get enough educational and emotional stimulus. So for those who are willing to come, we have prepared a safe environment and for those who would rather stay home, we can offer online shows too."

The festival this year features 13 shows, some online and some at Daehakro Arts Theater Main Hall near Hyehwa Station and Jongno Children's Theater in Jongno-gu District.
Its New Challenge section features four innovative shows that aim to boost children's imagination.

"My kid isn't going to kindergarten because of COVID-19 so she's stuck at home. Though quite worried, I decided to come as I heard that preventive measures are being followed well. I think it's better to see the show with actors on stage rather than just staying home and looking at the phone."

Through the shows, kids have the chance to explore new genres of arts and forget about the pandemic, for a short time at least.

It's nice to see how there's an organization trying to offer a wide range of cultural content for children. ASSITEJ Korea must have some upcoming shows that kids can enjoy, what are they?

You know there is an ancient Korean story of Sam sin, the God of Birth who parents pray to when they want a child.
'God of Birth, Sam sin' will tell this story to the backdrop of traditional Korean music - gugak.
The British classic children's book, 'The Velveteen Rabbit' has also been reimagined using pansori, traditional Korean musical storytelling to teach kids about real friendship. 'The Fox and The Dolphin' is a contemporary dance performance that gets children to think about accepting differences through a story of a dolphin and a fox.
Those were for children, and now for adults.
A black comedy set in London in the Victorian era, the musical 'Gentleman's Guide to love and murder' will be live streamed four times. Those who want to watch the show need to buy tickets.
It would not be an exaggeration to say next week is full of presents from Sunwook Kim.
The winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006 at the age of 18 Sunwook Kim will be doing a piano recital, playing several of Beethoven's pieces. It will be live streamed through management agency VINCERO's YouTube channel. Adding on to that, he will perform with the KBS Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, debuting as a conductor.

Thank you Bo-kyoung for sharing that information on what we can enjoy while staying in the warm.

Thank you.
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