Introducing the CPI Cultural Expert and Administrator Training program

In 2021, the Cultural Partnership Initiative (CPI) held 2 major online training courses for cultural experts and administrators. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, although we were forced to cancel our original 2020 and 2021 CPI Programs and other cultural events, we have adapted to the situation and changed our usual activities to take place online. Despite the change in delivery of our cultural events, we strive to maintain the quality of our activities and accurately portray the essence of Korean culture. Through this change, we also hope that those who were unable to participate in previous events in person take advantage of this opportunity to interact with us virtually.

The cultural expert online training course was one of two events that took place in 2021, and we invited 10 cultural experts each from the Philippines, India, Laos and Cambodia, to participate. This amounted to a total of 40 cultural experts all specializing in different fields, including Performing arts, Publication, and the Film Industry. The purpose of these the training course was to strengthen project planning capabilities by using cultural resources available in each country. The training for those in the Film and Visual arts industry took place from August 17 to October 22, which took place over a 10 week period. The publication and performing arts industries went to a different training course from November 8 to January 14, which ran over the course of 8 weeks.

Film industry

A Capacity Building program for Cambodia’s Film Business in Global Market

Cambodia Film Commission

Busan Foundation for International cooperation


Capacity Building on ICT-based Publishing Sector for Children’s education

National University
of Laos

Education Development Cooperation Network(EDCN)

Performing Arts

Strengthening artists’ network capabilities through research on network performing arts production

AST Stage Play Productions

Jatury Troupe

Performing Arts

Capacity Building for Digitalization
of Performing Arts in India

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts

International Dance Council(CID)

Visual Arts

Empathic Design for Sustainable City


Paju Typhography Institute(PaTI)

During the cultural training, the participants learned a variety of field specific concepts and techniques that they can apply to their own productions/publications. For example, cultural professionals from Laos attended the training course focusing on book publications, and as a result, they were able to successfully publish 3 books. In a similar vein, production teams from Cambodia created 3 movie proposals, performers from the Philippines wrote a total of 25 individual narratives, and dance teams from India produced 7 3-minute dance films. The training was made even more relevant to our current reality by pointing out how COVID-19 affected the arts industries and how we can utilize technology to continue producing our cultural works while still engaging with the audience.

The second training being held online is the Cultural Administration Training Program, which focused on providing support in cultural policy development and project planning capabilities. Recruiting those in both manager level positions and regular employees, a total of 18 people from 7 different ASEAN countries took part in the program. This training was made up of two sections: 1) An online course on how to foster professionals in the fields of film and cultural content, and 2) A forum focusing on policy utilizing cultural professionals in the Post-Corona era for each country. This program also fosters connections between Korea and the participating developing countries.

During the online training course, participants had the chance to take an in depth look at Korea’s policy making methods, and also share their own experiences with cultural policy in their respective countries through case studies. In the second part of the program during the forum, foreign and domestic cultural officials were able to freely discuss their ideas/strategies in preparation for the Post-Corona era, therefore creating win-win opportunities for all participants to learn from each other.

Through programs and training courses such as these, we hope to continue creating cultural connections with those domestically and abroad, and create environments for us to collaborate within a virtual space. We hope that this was an opportunity for cultural professionals around the world to expand upon their current capabilities and incorporate this knowledge into their respective fields.