South Korea

South Korea has been developing rapidly and now has the world’s eleventh largest economy. For the Netherlands, it is the second most important export country in Asia. Its strong economy and trade with the world also generate an interest in and openness about art, culture, design and lifestyle among South Koreans, all of which indicate opportunities for the Dutch cultural sector.

Over the past several years, a great many dynamic Dutch cultural activities have taken place in South Korea, including the Dutch Design Showcase at the Seoul Design Festival and the Dutch Fellowship Programme at the Korean National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA). In 2016, the Rijksakademie and Arts Council Korea (ARKO) celebrated ten years of cooperation. The Rijksakademie also piloted an exchange residency programme together with the Asia Culture Centre (ACC) in Gwangju. In South Korea, not only is Van Gogh well known across the country but, through various presentations, the children’s book characters Miffy and the Rubber Duck have also established themselves firmly as Dutch icons.

In September 2016, during Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s visit to South Korea, the Dutch and South Korean governments signed an official treaty to promote further collaboration between the two countries, including the cultural sector and the creative industry. The Netherlands’ International Cultural Policy 2017-2020 also calls for a strategic cultural relationship with South Korea by encouraging Dutch cultural programmes specifically made for that country.

The Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang (February 2018) was an important event for South Korea, both locally and globally. It offered a great opportunity to showcase the Netherlands and reach out to both a Korean and an international public. On this occasion, we expect to raise the visibility of the Netherlands in South Korea and build up a strong image of Dutch culture with presentations of visual art, the performing arts and new developments in (urban) design and architecture.


South Korea at a glance

423 registered activities in 2018
featuring 249 artists

Number of activities
12 months (2018)

Activities by
discipline in 2018



739 - 756 of 907 activities
Audiovisual MediaScreening
A Single Life by Job, Joris & Marieke at at Seoul International Extreme Short Image & Film Festival
Seoul, South Korea

12 Sep 2017 to 17 Sep 2017
Audiovisual MediaScreening
Ginevra at Seoul International Extreme Short Image & Film Festival
Seoul, South Korea

12 Sep 2017 to 17 Sep 2017
DesignJewellery / Lecture
gives lecture Dutch silversmithing history of the 17th century at Cheonju University
Cheongju, South Korea

11 Sep 2017
DesignProduct Design & Industrial Design / Group Exhibition
-Vortex, Micro-Structures gradient & soft chair
Gwangju, South Korea

8 Sep 2017 to 23 Oct 2017
Mark Koehler gives presentation Soul of the City; Cooperative Housing Development as Urban Vitalisation Strategy For Industrial Wastelands
Seoul, South Korea

6 Sep 2017
at UIA 2017
Seoul, South Korea

6 Sep 2017

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