2012 Report on International Exchange Activity for the Performing Arts (as of 2011)

2013.02.19

2012 Report on International Exchange Activity for the Performing Arts (as of 2011)
[Trend] 2012 Report on International Exchange Activity for the Performing Arts (as of 2011)



The Report on International Exchange Activities for the Performing Arts is an annual report that presents the current state of domestic and international performing arts groups and their exchanges through statistics and in a guide format.
This survey offers an overview of international exchanges in the performing arts sector—its dynamism as well as any growth trends.
[Survey Outline]
Survey Target l
Domestic performing arts groups that participated in international performances in 2011
Foreign performing arts groups that participated in domestic performances in 2011
Period l January 1, 2011–December 31, 2011 Methodology l Data from relevant institutions (Arts Council Korea, The Korea Foundation, Korea Media Rating Board, etc.),
relevant data on international exchanges from 16 regional cultural foundations, major art and cultural institutions and festival websites, etc. (Refer to details on collection included within the report)

A trend toward consistently increasing international activity for domestic performing arts groups in 2011

The count for the international activities of domestic performing arts groups in 2011 came to a total of 830. The total count for the domestic activities of international performing arts groups came to a total of 1,644. The number of domestic performing arts groups who engaged in international activity was 264, showing a decrease from 2010, but the number of performances, at 830, demonstrated a 16.1% increase from 2010. On the other hand, the number of international performing arts groups that performed in Korea came to 939, showing a 2.2% increase from 2010.

[Domestic→Int’’l][Int’’l→Domestic] Yearly progress for the international activity of performing arts groups (2009-2011)

In the music genre, a leap in international activity for domestic groups
And a downward trend in the domestic activity of foreign groups

Examining the international exchange activity of domestic and international performing arts groups by genre, it’’s possible to observe that the international activity of domestic groups increased by 30.9% from the previous year (2010) in the genre of music, affecting the upward trend seen in the total. On the other hand, the domestic activity of foreign musical groups decreased by 6.8% from the previous year, leading to the visible decrease of activity in the total.

 

[Domestic→Int’’l][Int’’l→Domestic] Yearly progress for the international activity of performing arts groups by genre (2009-2011)(Unit: Number of performances)

International performances from domestic acts diversifying away from North America to other continents
Domestic performances from international acts increasing from all continents except Europe

The characterizing feature of the international activity of domestic performing arts groups in 2011 was that the number of North American performances decreased while simultaneously increasing in other continents in a consistent upward trend. The increase in performances in the Oceania area in 2011 is particularly noticeable. This trend can be attributed to the 50–year anniversary of South Korea–Australia relations and the resulting commemorative events and spike in the overall number of cultural exchanges. The activity for international performing arts groups performing in South Korea increased except for those from Europe, which showed a 6.2% decrease from the previous year.

 

[Domestic→Int’’l][Int’’l→Domestic] Yearly progress for the international activity of performing arts groups (2009-2011)(Unit: Number of performances)

Invigorated international exchange through festivals—International activity was focused in Europe, while domestic activity was focused in Seoul

Out of the 264 domestic performing arts groups that performed internationally in 2011, 130 ventured abroad via festivals. This subgroup participated in 147 festivals and performed a total of 217 times, making up 26.1 percent of the total number of performances. In all, 116, or 53.5%, of these festival performances were at festivals in Europe. On the other hand, out of the 939 international performing arts groups that performed in South Korea, 563 groups participated in 108 domestic festivals, with 48.9% of these festivals based in Seoul.

 

[Domestic→Int’’l][Int’’l→Domestic] Festival participation rates of performing arts groups (Unit: %, Number of performances)

Author

Chae-Yoon BAE_KAMS
Chae-Yoon BAE_KAMS
Chae-Yoon BAE majored in composition and arts management, and after a stint at the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute, heads research on the state of performing arts for the Korea Arts Management Service. carpediem@gokams.or.kr