By Xu Aiying and Sohn JiAe
Photos = Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
The Cultural Olympiad, designed to allow Olympic and Paralympic fans to enjoy the cultural heritage and traditions of the host country, will continue throughout the upcoming PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Gangwon-do Provincial government and the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee will host the Paralympic version of the Cultural Olympiad across Pyeongchang and Gangneung throughout the Paralympic Games that run from March 9 to 18.
The set of programs will entertain Paralympic fans, ranging from exhibitions to performances.
There’s the “70mK – Just Simply Korea” exhibition at the Festival Park in both Pyeongchang and Gangneung. It features video clips of interviews with Olympic Games-goers who spoke of their hopes for peace. The term “70mK” is said to mean “70 million,” the approximate combined population of the two Koreas. The exhibition will run from March 9 to 18.
Both disabled and able-bodied dancers will come together, too, adding significance to the sporting festival.
“Two Be To One,” slated to be held at Hallym University in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, on March 10 and 11, is a series of performances by dancers from Korea, Mongolia, Laos, Japan and the U.S.
In addition, along Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung, both disabled and able-bodied artists will showcase their installation art pieces about the landscape of the host cities, as well as the Paralympic Games, at the “Fire Art Festa 2018.”
Seoul, too, is catching the Paralympic fever as it will host a variety of Cultural Olympiad events.
The “Olympic & Paralympic” exhibition, currently underway at Culture Station Seoul 284, the old Seoul Station, has on display more than 300 posters from previous Olympic and Paralympic Games. The “Signal Lights. Connected.” exhibit along the Seoullo 7017 walkway weaves stories of nature and the Olympic and Paralympic Games that the host city of Pyeongchang offers to world by means of light and sound.