Cultural policy profile for South Korea


We are pleased to announce that Dr Kiwon Hong, is currently finalising a cultural policy profile of South Korea, as part of WorldCP, the international database of cultural policies.... The profile has the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and is financially assisted by the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. A preliminary version of the profile was presented at the launch of WorldCP at the 5th World Summit, in October 2011. A summary profile is available from

The profile is one of the first profiles to be prepared for a country in Asia and will be part of WorldCP-Asia, a major new initiative to document the cultural policies of countries in Asia.

WorldCP-Asia is a central component in the development of WorldCP, a central, web-based and continuously updated database of country-specific profiles of policies that relate to culture. Modelled on the Council of Europe/ERICarts Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, it will also provide the capacity to monitor and analyse global trends in key aspects of cultural policies.

In 2012, WorldCP-Asia is being coordinated by a partnership between the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). The WorldCP-Asia Secretariat will carry out key tasks including administering the project; partly funding pilot profiles; liaison with Asian governments towards securing national funding partners; stimulating policy dialogue, networking and mutual learning through expert meetings and online platforms; and, co-ordination with IFACCA.

In 2011, the WorldCP-Asia Secretariat was also coordinated by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in South Korea (MCST) and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU).   For more information on WorldCP-Asia, see the document WorldCP-Asia: Fostering Cultural Policy Research and Dialogue in Asia

IFACCA is currently in discussions with organisations in other regions (Africa, the Pacific, the Americas and the Mediterranean) to develop a range national cultural policy profiles. A meeting of regional and international partners will be held in Helsinki, Finland in June 2012.