Tongyeong (Rep. of Korea) is a city of 140.000 inhabitants at the southern end of the Korean peninsula, which was designated a UNESCO creative city of music in 2015.
There is broad love for music among locals, which are very enthusiastic and motivated to work with artists from all over the world. Tongyeong has a very rich history, and music is the link between tradition and modernity. The city has preserved many national important intangible cultural heritages, including seungjeonmu (victory dance), ogwangdae (traditional mask dance) and namhaean byeolsingut (Korean practice of exorcism), elements that are inspiring for contemporary artists.
Tongyeong is internationally renowned as the hometown of many celebrated composers, including Isang Yun, who became a genuine symbol of the city, and hosts lots of orchestras and choirs.
The city is also constantly making efforts to develop music through Tongyeong International Music Foundation was established in 2014 to promote educational projects and music events such as the International Music Festival (TIMF). This event aims to be a great musical and artistic highlight celebrating world class artists and fostering young talent, especially young composers and musicians from Asia. In spite of its various genres, TIMF is usually known for being strong in contemporary program of western style music.The festival has also established its own orchestra, the Tongyeong Festival Orchestra. Other events hosted by the foundation are the Pop Music Festival and the Culture Day programme that offers performances free of charge so everyone can take part in order to increase participation in cultural life, as well as improve the quality of urban life through culture and creativity.
An important initiative is the Tongyeong Music Creative City a free online space under the management of the city government to communicate with creative ideas not only with local citizens but also with the world through music.
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