The loveliest village on the earth all artists are dreaming.
Heyri heads for the art village that communicates the culture with the variety genre in the one space. At first, this village was designed as ‘the book village' linked Paju Publishing Town in 1997. But in the processing of the project, lots of artists in various cultural fields joined it. And the concept of the village was expanded to 'cultural art village'.
Now above three hundred seventy members: writers, artists, cineastes, architects, and musicians are building their artistic spaces, houses, work rooms, museums, galleries. Heyri, the name of village, is quoted from the title "the Sound of Heyri" which is the traditional farming song at Paju province in Gyeonggi-do.
Around five hundred writers and creators in the field of art, music, drama, cinema, photography, sculpture, ceramics, literature, publishing, and academia will live in harmony. They might produce bountiful fruits that will precede the present days in an excellent environment by engaging themselves in creative activities.
The works of the resident artists and the local artists in the vicinity will be exhibited permanently or specially in galleries and show rooms. There will be more than one hundred galleries and exhibit halls in advance.
Around forty performing areas will be built for music, plays, dance, and Korean folk music.
Festivals of art and culture will continuously take place in Heyri. There will be lots of pageants from international festivals to seasonal and weekend events which have characteristic tastes of Heyri.
Heyri is the huge cultural and art school. Schools for creative writing and art, film schools, and drama schools will be established. A cyber art school is also currently being in preparation. Heyri will be a good place for field trips and study tours.
Classes or seminars about art, culture, ideas and thoughts will be organized. Heyri will be the most coveted place of intellectualism by taking a lead in connecting the humanity studies and discourses on art and culture.
It will be a high market to sell and supply classy artworks and performances to the consumers and art-lovers. You could meet precious artifacts with the most reasonable prices in Heyri.
The world is now always in communication. Heyri is a window wide open to the world, conveying art and culture. It is Heyri's goal for the world-wide art lovers to flock into the valley and for Korean artists to meet the world counterparts competitively .
The major role of Heyri is to be a pleasant residential area for artists and professionals engaged in creative activities of all genres, where they will be able to concentrate on their work in the nature-friendly space.
There are more than thirty small or medium-sized museums in Heyri. The fields are like these: international folk instruments, toys, butterflies, magazines, traditional foods, Buddhist art, figure paintings, stamps, films, film posters, etc.
There are six galleries in Heyri. They are like these:The Gallery Cheongam, Nam-Kyu Lee's memorial hall the Kwang-Young' gallery, BaekSoonsil Gallery, Korean ceramics museum. The Vietnam museum. In advance, around thirty galleries will be built up to hold shows of paintings, crafts, and ceramics . Heyri will be the third-generation town of galleries, following Insa-dong and Chungdam-dong. Besides Heyri is different from the two precedents in terms of natural environment and the closeness to artists.
There will be numerous small concert halls and recital studios for chamber music. Classical music cafes and jazz cafes will be and high standard concerts will be on throughout the year. Now Heyri has Korea Music Hall, VR Concert Hall, Camerata Music Hall, etc.
There is a memorials for Han-Sook Jung, the prominent writer, in Heyri.
Heyri also has Jung-Hee Kim's Theater, and The Oral Narrated Fairy Theater. Plays of the highest quality produced by the top theater people will be staged in theaters. In these places, seasonal drama courses will be organized.
There are movie studios (Art Service), a cinematheque, and the international folk film museum in Heyri. Cinema houses of unique themes will be built and associated with the film festivals that are different from other festivals distinctively. There will be film schools for aspiring and promising filmmakers, in which adult educational programs for film lovers are also prepared.
There will be around ten halls to hold seminars on philosophy, history, literature, and art regularly, or intermittently. Now Heyri has The House on a Lotus, Dostoevskii Institute, The Sijo, Korean ode, Museum.
There will be more than fifty guesthouses for Heyri members, commissioned artist, art-lovers, and foreign visitors. A plan for honorary membership system is currently being considered.
Around one hundred art shops and antique shops will keep articles of contemporary artists and antiques in stock to sell and exhibit. Now it has Yu-Sook Park's Gallery, KAIS Gallery, Sumi Gallery, The Gallery Focus, Jin Ad, etc.
There will be around thirty bookstores specialized in art, architecture, film, music, literature, and children's books, or bookshops both of western and eastern classics, and antiques. A book museum, libraries, elegant book cafes are also in plan. Now Heyri has Hangilsa.corp, YoulHwaDang Publisher, Donghwaanra, etc.
There will be more than one hundred workplaces for painters, craftsmen, sculptors, musicians, and filmmakers. Lease studios will be available for young artists in making.
It is aimed to preserve and maximize the natural surroundings by conserving mountains, mounds, swamps, and rivulets. The ecological motive will persistently be applied to all areas, including architecture, energy system, scenery, and pavement.
A green network connects the whole valley of Heyri like a nerve system. It is an epochal event in the history of architectural planning of complexes in Korea. The green network will be utilized as foot passages, resting areas, and small parks. Greens will undoubtedly provide us with the most pleasant place to relax in.
The most renowned and competitive architects are partaking in the foundation of Heyri Art Valley. Architectural coordinators are also setting up the architectural guideline to harmonize all architectural objects and buildings, and to realize the spirit of era. The buildings will play roles of architecture museums themselves since they will bare the names of the architects who designed them.
All entities and items in Heyri will be artworks that are completely in accordance with the nature. The aesthetic sense will be considered in all places from squares to a single pavement block. When fences are needed, they would be placed artistically.
There are five bridges in Heyri. Although small and short, bridges were creatively constructed in the way that their constructing plans were implemented through public contests. It was a sensation in the world of civil engineering and architecture in Korea. Each bridge should be good enough to uplift the name value of Heyri as one of the most celebrated localities.
All buildings and houses will be no higher than three stories. Heyri shall not be another city of suburbia, but a city of human scale, which is in harmony with human nature.
Whereas original ecological swamps will be conserved, waterways of natural creeks and streamlets will be restored and improved. Everyone would appreciate the fresh, clean, running water throughout the year, enjoying the water-friendly settings.
The scenery of Heyri will be consisted of native trees and flowers. All efforts will be made to ensure that Heyri is a place for beauty of wild and natural florae being rediscovered. Native flowers, full bloom in the season, will be available everywhere.
Heyri is a most up-to-dated venture town of culture. In order to be in the center of information industry and cultural business, cables will be installed all over the area and the information network will be connected to the central security and control system. Such an infrastructure will be a vital facet of Heyri Art Valley.
Heyri's aim is to build a cultural strongpoint of international competitiveness. In order to achieve such a goal and to maintain the real character and ideal purity the village aims to be, Heyri would do its best to speak to the government so that Heyri is designated as a special city of art and culture.