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Status past Date 2019-04-17 
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EventName LTI Korea and Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture Sign 2019 Seoul International Writers’ Festival Co-Hosting Agreement
Period 2019-03-19 ~ 2019-03-19
Place Korea

LTI Korea and Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture Sign 2019 Seoul International Writers’ Festival Co-Hosting Agreement

 

▲ Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture Representative Director Kim Jong-hwi (left) and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea President Kim Sa-in (right) at the signing ceremony

 

On March 19, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) (President: Kim Sa-in) signed an agreement with the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (SFAC) to co-host the upcoming 2019 Seoul International Writers’ Festival (SIWF).

 

First begun by LTI Korea in 2006 as a biennial event, the SIWF is a literary festival that has featured 189 writers from 55 countries as of 2018. Now an international networking event, the SIWF has begun to play a powerful role in world literature discourse. The co-hosting agreement with the SFAC signals the event’s transition to an annual schedule and its expansion to over 50 featured guests in the literary world from Korea and abroad.

 

The agreement will allow LTI Korea and the SFAC to fully utilize their mutual resources to provide a wide range of events in the 2019 SIWF program. The main purpose of the agreement is to encourage the introduction of Korean and non-Korean writers to readers, and the establishment of a platform for communication between readers and writers, thereby propelling SFAC into the ranks of international literary festivals that represent their host cities.

 

At the signing ceremony, LTI Korea President Kim Sa-in remarked, “LTI Korea hopes to redefine the idea of a literary festival by hosting a large-scale international event that retains the features that make Korea unique. We hope our cooperation will further integrate the Seoul International Writers’ Festival with the city, allowing Seoul citizens to fully enjoy all it has to offer.” SFAC Representative Director Kim Jong-hwi remarked, “Though some claim that the era of literature is past, it is clear that literature remains one of the most powerful means of reflecting our realities and spurring cultural maturation in the world today. Through our cooperation, we will elevate the status of literature as an art form.” He added, “The Seoul International Writers’ Festival will serve as a foundation for the development of the city as a hub for literature.”