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Jun. 14, 2012
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International Society for Performing Arts Congress (ISPA) convenes in Seoul (June 11 – 16, 1202)
In its 26th holding this year, the ISPA Congress is held in Seoul under joint organization with the Republic of Korea’s International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) and the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. This time the Congress adopts a main theme of Cultural Shift to be discussed by a gathering of arts presenters from countries around the world.
The titles of the Congress’ seven sessions are “Seoul’s Cultural Fever,” “Portraits of Korean Artists,” “Opportunity for Cultural Exchange,” “City Revitalization through Arts Venues and Festivals,” “Embracing Diversity through Arts Programming,” “How Technology is Changing Art Creation” and “Production and How Technology is Changing Art Appreciation and Dissemination.” Also on the agenda are speeches by Sachio Ichimura, Chairman of Arts Network Japan and Akiko Takeshita, Producer at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.
On June 11 and 12 the ISPA Academy was held as an arts administrative program focused on the predominant challenges facing arts professionals in the region. During the Congress period an number of performances, including ones by the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company launched last year, held a main theaters around Seoul such as the Sejong Cultural Center, the Seoul Arts Center and the Myeongdong Theater.

ISPA Outline
ISPA was founded in 1949 as a not-for-profit international organization dedicated to building an international network of performing arts professionals and nurturing leadership ability. It currently has over 350 members from more than 40 countries around the world. Members include some of the world's most significant presenting organizations, independent artists, performing arts organizations, artist managers, cultural policy groups, foundations, consultants, and many others who share the desire to advance the field of the performing arts on a global scale. The headquarters are located in Rye, New York, USA.
 The ISPA Congress is held twice a year, with members gathering to discuss complex issues and provide opportunities for economic and social exchanges. One Congress is held in January in New York City and one in June which circles the globe and is hosted by a different ISPA member each time.
+ISPA; International Society for the Performing Arts