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Healing through culture and arts at “Healing, Daegu”: Cultural events to be held in June to comfort the people of Daegu who are exhausted from Covid-19
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Promotion of outdoor events while adhering to daily Covid-19 prevention measures by enforcing reservations, spaced seating, and others


The Daegu Metropolitan City will be hosting a variety of outdoor events to provide an opportunity for people to recover from the mounting exhaustion of having to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Daegu Arts Center held the first “Wednesday Performance” on May 27 on an outdoor stage located on the east side of the center. This year, the center’s Wednesday Performances will be held every Wednesday at 7 p.m.


The Wednesday Performances series have been held every year, providing quality performances on an outdoor stage that brings together an urban park and a cultural and arts space. This year’s series include a wide variety of genres to satisfy people’s different appetite for cultural performances, including gugak (traditional Korean music), classical music, vocal music, and dance. In addition, performances by four Daegu Arts Groups (Traditional Music Orchestra, Daegu City Dance Company, Theater Company, and Boys and Girls Choir), as well as those by private arts groups will also be staged as part of the series, providing an abundance of spectacles for the visitors.


In addition, the Daegu Arts Center has prepared a program of events for the DAC Plus Stage to be held outdoors (2.28 Jungang Memorial Park and Dongseongno Road Art). With a program consisting of classical music concert, dance performance, jazz concert, gugak performance, musicals, and other exciting events, the DAC Plus Stage will be open to visitors starting on June 3.


Daegu Opera House will also meet the people of Daegu in parks and plazas through the “Together Daegu! Concert Tour” performances, starting at the end of the month. These performances are the first put on by the Daegu Opera House after three months since the Korean National Ballet’s Swan Lake performance on February 15, and they are particularly significant as the performances were made plausible by a local benefactor who donated a huge sum, asking that the donation be used for cultural projects for the people of Daegu.


At the Daegu Concert House, the Daegu Symphony Orchestra and the Daegu City Choir will begin their official 2020 season, which had been on hold due to Covid-19. The expectations for the performances are high as the wait had been long, but due to safety reasons the performances will be held without audiences. Instead, they will be streamed live through the Daegu Concert House’s YouTube channel.


At 7:30 p.m. on June 5, the Daegu Symphony Orchestra will hold its 463rd regular performance. Under the direction of the conductor Julian Kovatchev, the orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Pastorale” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”


The Daegu City Choir will also start off its 148th regular performance at 7:30 p.m. on June 25 with John Rutter’s “Requiem” under the direction of the conductor Kim Don.


Under the slogan of “Healing and Harmony,” the Daegu Symphony Orchestra and the Daegu City Choir have prepared special performances for the people of Daegu who are cooped up at home due to Covid-19, providing a time of healing and restoration.


The Daegu Theater Association will host the 37th Daegu Theater Festival from June 26 to 28. The festival had been originally scheduled for March, but it was postponed due to Covid-19. People will finally be able to take part in the festival at the end of June in small local theaters. There are high expectations for this year’s festival, as renowned local theater companies that have long been active in Daegu, such as Theater Company Lee Song-hee Repertory, Theater Company Cheyong, and Theater Company Hanwoollim, will participate in the competition with original plays that will be premiered at the festival.


Major exhibition halls have opened their doors as well. Daegu Art Museum has conducted a “simulated Covid-19 response training” with Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin and 17 local exhibition staff members on May 15 to carefully review the preparations prior to opening up the museum to the public. Currently, it has been receiving visitors with safety first in mind.


For the “100 Collective Signatures of Daegu Art Museum” exhibition, which is currently on display, the museum has carefully selected 100 pieces of artwork created by Quac Insik, Damien Hurst, Andy Warhol, Lee Inseoung, Lee Ufan, Lee Myung Mi, Lee Bul, and other renowned artists, out of the 1,307 artwork housed at the museum. The exhibition will continue until June 14.


In addition, the museum will showcase a new special exhibition titled “New Communion” with 12 local artists who will examine the value of living together in the post-Covid-19 era. Scheduled to begin on June 16, the exhibition is a means for the artists to share the aspects of life they have recorded, observed, experienced, and imagined that ordinary people can relate to in the current pandemic. It will feature new works that focus on Covid-19 by local artists, giving the visitors a taste of Korean contemporary art that rapidly evolves in step with current events.


The Daegu Arts Center will host a retrospective on senior artist Park Hui Bong titled “Park Hui Bong’s 40 Years: 1981-2020” in an effort to highlight the works of artists who have been a part of the history of local art. This retrospective features Park’s artworks created over 40 years, his major works by time period and archive records, which will allow the visitors to observe the changes in his works over time and feel the breath and spirit of the artist who has created art for over 40 years.


Daegu Art Factory is currently holding an exhibition titled “Let Me Introduce Myself,” featuring the works of 18 Korean artists from around the country, who were selected for the Daegu Art Factory’s 10th residency program. After the exhibition ends on June 14, “Different Colors,” showcasing the works of 10 female artists with unique creativity, will begin and last until August 9.


Anyone who wants to attend these cultural events must make a reservation via each organization’s website. The numbers of visitors will be limited for every hour, and the visitors will be spread out throughout the facilities to accommodate only an appropriate number of people per given area indoors. In addition, most of the events will be open to the public for free of charge in an effort to promote safe performance and art culture with the participation of the people.