We, Bucheon City of Literature office, are happy to launch the Residency program of 2020 for the first time. We’re hoping many creative and capable artists who have been interested in Korean culture will get involved. Writers, translators and cartoonists of comics and graphic novels can apply for the Residency program from Creative Cities regardless of their creative field.
Bucheon began to take note of the potential of ‘culture’ 20 years ago. Since then, the city has worked hard to promote the cultural content industry by building cultural infrastructure for comics, animation, film, music and libraries. In under 50 years, Bucheon has transformed from an agricultural rural area to an industrial city and now to a city of culture. Koreans now recall the think not of a ‘manufacturing town next to Seoul’ but of 'cartoons' and ‘film festivals’ whenever the city of Bucheon is mentioned. Bucheon is also recognized as a ‘city of libraries’ by library experts and officials in Korea. If you open a map app on your phone and lookup Bucheon, it's likely at least one library will appear on your screen no matter what area you look up in the city. We hope that the chosen guests enjoy this dynamic and unique environment of Bucheon, which can lead to an inventive and inspiring environment in which they can stay creative.
We aim to increase international exchange and communication, contribute to the mobility of writers, translators and cartoonists, offer a creative and inspiring environment, and provide them an opportunity to introduce their work to Korean readers. We invite the artists who live in member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network or have been recommended by the Creative Cites offices to apply to the first residency program of Bucheon.
Please find attached brief information about the residency. Additional information and an application form is available as follows;