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What is Cultural Exchange?

What is International Cultural Exchange

International cultural exchange refers to the building of ties through sharing of cultural contents, ultimately aiding in the mutual understanding of different cultures and promoting creative production of similar content at the individual level. Nationally, it aims to accomplish cultural development and internationally, it promotes continuity and expansion of cultural diversity.

Process and System for International Cultural Exchange

  • Private
    • Arts&Culture Organization
    • Cultural Foundation
    • Exchange Organization
    • Cultural Facility
  • International
    Cultural
    Exchange

    Public and
    Affiliate
    Organizations

    • Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange
    • Arts Council Korea
    • Korea Arts Management Service
    • Korea Creative Content Agency
  • Government
    • Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
    • Local Government

International cultural exchange is conducted mainly by the government and public organizations and private organizations. The government includes Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism, and other central government agencies, as well as Seoul Metropolitan Government and other local governments. Affiliate organizations include the Arts Council Korea, Korea Arts Management Service, Korea Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, and the Korea Creative Content Agency, as well as various arts and culture organizations, foundations, exchange organizations, and cultural facilities.
Under Article 35 of the Government Organization Act, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism oversees all operations in culture, arts, film, advertisements, publishing, sports, and tourism, and its affiliates conduct international exchange projects in their respective areas of interest.

Each respective area is being operated with support provided under a legal basis: Framework Act on Culture, Framework Act on the Promotion of Arts and Culture, Framework Act on the Promotion of Culture Projects, Framework Act on the Korean Language, Framework Act on the Promotion of Contents Projects, Framework Act on the Promotion of Cultural Publishing Projects, Framework Act on the Promotion of Video Content, Framework Act on the Promotion of Tourism, Act on the Promotion of International Conference Projects, Framework Act on the Promotion of Sports Projects.