Art Circles in Korea and Kazakhstan Discuss Preservation, Cooperation

ALMATY – On August 6, specialists from the Auezov Institute of Literature and Art met with representatives of the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to discuss the preservation and development of cultural heritage of the two countries; the digitalisation of manuscripts, texts of epics and legends of the Kazakh people and possible future cooperative projects.

Auezov Institute Deputy Director for Science Akzhigit Alibekuly talked about the research activities of the institute and their plans and outlook for cooperation. He stressed that scientific contacts with the Asian Narrative Art Committee have been developing fruitfully since 2009.

The Narrative Art Committee supervises a number of projects on cultural exchange in literature. In 2011, 23 epics and legends of the peoples of Korea and the countries of Central Asia were translated into Russian, English and Korean. Each year, the committee selects 100 of the most famous works of oral folk art and arranges an international contest of skits based on myths, tales and epics of Asian countries. This year, the contest will run until August 31. Participation terms can be found on the institute’s website.

The members of the Korean delegation received booklets from the Auezov Institute of Literature and Art and the collective monograph, “Integration processes and Kazakh literature,” which summarises the contacts with committee.

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