Changwon City opened a festival marking the 100th founding day anniversary of Changdong Arts Village at the village on Sept. 1. It will continue through Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. till 8 p.m. every day except Mondays with a variety of exciting cultural and arts programs.
One of the major programs is the “Marketplace in Memory,” open at the Art Plaza on the ground floor, where visitors can view antiques, movie posters, props, old pictures of Masan, Capacci handicrafts and classic LP records. They also can experience traditional practices, such as puffing rice and maize.
Visitors can also have their portraits drawn at the art alley and try dancing the tango after hearing a story involving the dance at the alley of the former Citizens Theater site. Diverse music and dances are performed at Agora Square with low-budget films and arts-related movies screened at 8 p.m. every day.
“The Changdong Arts Village Mecenat Exhibition” is at a hall on the second floor of Changdong Arts Center and the hall of the Changdong Gallery as a special program. The prices of the artworks on display are set affordable so that citizens can buy and own the pieces by regional artists.
“This is a festive event to proclaim Changwon’s determination to refurbish the city via the arts as well as to celebrate the 100th day of the opening of Changdong Arts Village,” said a city official. “Many citizens are expected to participate in a variety of cultural and arts programs at the arts village familiar to local residents.”
The arts village is a renovation of empty stores in Chang-dong, Masanhappo-gu, with some 50 artists working there since it opened in May, becoming another attraction to citizens.