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Gwangju Biennale to kick off after two delays due to pandemic

10:53 March 31, 2021

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- The Gwangju Biennale, one of Asia's biggest events of its kind, will kick off its 40-day run this week, overcoming two delays due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Wednesday.

Under the theme of "Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning," the 13th edition of the biennial festival will open on Thursday and run through May 9 in the southwestern city of Gwangju, 330 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the organizers.

It will display 200 works of art by 60 artists from 40 countries at the main Gwangju Biennale Hall and other cultural venues in the city.

This photo from the homepage of the 13th Gwangju Biennale shows the main venue of the Gwangju Biennale Hall in Gwangju, 330 kilometers south of Seoul. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The event was originally to take place in September last year, but the yearlong COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to reschedule the event to February and then to April.

The opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday evening at the Gwangju Biennale plaza with a limited number of people in attendance, organizers said.

People need to make online reservations before visiting the festival venues, which allow up to 300 visitors per hour to enter.

Artificial intelligence robots will play a role in disinfecting exhibition halls during operating hours.

Online tour programs on artwork by globally recognized artists are also available on the festival's website, YouTube and social media, organizers added.

"We are ready to comply with strict antivirus guidelines in our exhibition halls," Kim Sun-jung, president of the Gwangju Biennale, said. "Our hygiene efforts will provide positive examples for upcoming cultural events in the country."

This image provided by the 13th Gwangju Biennale homepage shows the main poster of its 2021 edition. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

brk@yna.co.kr
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