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World Library and Information Congress: 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council

"Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society"

20-24 August 2006, Seoul, Korea

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Social and Cultural Activities

A varied programme of social and cultural events is planned for the delegates attending the World Library and Information Congress 2006, 72nd IFLA General Conference and Council.

Opening Ceremony

Date: Sunday 20 August 2006
Time: 10.30-12.30
Location: Olympia Hall of the COEX

The Opening Ceremony will take place in Olympia Hall of the COEX from 10.30-12.30 on Sunday 20 August with a live electro-acoustic performance of an original piece of music and dance.

A new vision of the library as an 'information hub in the 21st century' will be the key message of the performance signifying progression to the future, imagination of the present, and negotiation with the past. Following presentation of a short documentary film, Korean traditional vocal performance with electro-acoustic music technology and special visual effects will fascinate the audience.

Following a few congratulatory speeches, Dr. Dae-jung Kim will give the keynote speech. Dae-jung Kim is the 15th President of the Republic of Korea and 2000 Nobel Prize Laureate for his life long dedication to democracy and human rights in South Korea and in East Asia in general and also for the profound success of the 2000 Inter-Korean summit Meeting. By choosing the long road of democracy, human rights and peaceful reunification, Dr. Kim had to endure many years of imprisonment, exile and house arrest. Though his life was constantly under threat, he overcame all oppression. During his time of imprisonment, he read hundreds of books on various topics, ranging from history, philosophy, economy to literature. Dr. Kim wrote many books. His book, Prison Writings which is a book of letters that he wrote to his family after he was sentenced to death in 1980 was published in many countries around the world. His election in 1997 as the Republic's president marked South Korea's definitive entry among the world's democracies.

This year the NOC has invited high officials of Korea. We would like to inform you that in case you or your accompanying person would like to attend the Opening Ceremony, we kindly ask you to send the passport number and date of birth before August 1 to wlic2006reg@congrex.nl.

Opening Exhibition

Date: Sunday 20 August 2006
Time: 16.00-18.00
Location: Convention Hall - COEX

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Sunday 20 August from 16.00-18.00 hours at the exhibition floor in the Convention Hall 11 of the COEX.

Minister's Gala Reception

Date: Monday 21 August 2006
Time: 19:00
Location: Pacific Hall of the COEX

All delegates are invited to a fantastic reception hosted by the Minister of Culture and Tourism. The reception will take place in the Pacific Hall on Monday 21 August at 19.00.

Participants of IFLA WLIC 2006 will enjoy diverse traditional Korean food and wine, while the production of traditional rice cake and a variety of fried food will be demonstrated and served on-site. A traditional musical performance will highlight the evening.

Cultural Evening

Date: Tuesday 22 August 2006
Time: 19.30-21.30
Location: Sejong Centre A special cultural evening will be prepared to entertain IFLA WLIC 2006 delegates from 19.30-21.30 on Tuesday 22 August at the Sejong Center, one of the top cultural venues in Korea.

The repertoire will include a variety of traditional and modern music and dance of Korea. A customized outstanding programme has been set up so that delegates may taste the fantasy of Korean programming arts. The transportation to the Sejong Center will be provided. Diner is not included

Mayor's Reception

Date: Wednesday 23 August 2006
Time: 19:00
Location: Hall 12 - COEX

The welcome reception hosted by the Seoul Mayor will take place on Wednesday 23 August at 19.00. As usual, a choice of buffet food will please the participants. This will be an evening you won't want to miss.

Seoul Map and tourist information

Seoul Map and tourist information