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Music, Videos, Academic Papers Accepted for Miryang Arirang Competition

2022 Miryang Arirang Competition Poster (Miryang Cultural Foundation)

As part of efforts to introduce a well-known Korean folk song to global audiences, a contest on “Miryang Arirang” is being held by the city of Miryang and the Miryang Cultural Foundation.

“Miryang Arirang” is one of the three main versions of “Arirang”, along with “Jeongseon Arirang” and “Jindo Arirang”.

Although the date of its creation is unknown, records show that “Miryang Arirang” was sung on marches by independence fighters during their military campaigns against the Japanese in the 1920s.

In 2012, “Miryang Arirang” was registered as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

The competition has three categories: creative music, academic paper and video.

Foreigners and Koreans of all ages can participate in the competition by submitting their works online.

For the music category, contestants can create their own “Miryang Arirang”, performed in a traditional way.

Academic work should be submitted in the form of a scientific paper, with topics revolving around “Miryang Arirang” and UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The video category accepts short style videos on “Miryang Arirang”.

Works must be submitted by July 11. Application forms are currently only in Korean and can be downloaded from the Miryang Cultural Foundation website. All work can be submitted in Korean or English, including academic papers.

The final winners will be announced on July 19 and will receive certificates and cash prizes of up to 5 million won ($3,900).

Additionally, the top three winners in the creative music category will have a chance to participate in the upcoming album project “Miryang Arirang.” Winners of scholarly papers will be able to present their studies at an international conference on “Arirang”, which is expected to be held in the second half of the year.

By Kim Hae-yeon (