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How to Travel to North Korea - Yes, you can travel to North Korea as a tourist, you can see its museums, talk to its locals and even visit the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North and South Korea.

Whenever we talk about our trip to North Korea, it comes as a surprise to many that tourism is actually allowed in North Korea. Yes, you can travel to North Korea as a tourist, you can see its museums, talk to its locals and even visit the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North and South Korea.

As curious travelers, we’ve traveled to many forbidden lands, but none of these places are as isolated and elusive as North Korea. DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), also known as North Korea, has tucked itself into secrecy since its division with South Korea. International media coverage tends to obscure North Korea’s wider picture, so we encourage you to visit North Korea and find out the truth for yourself.

For those who are interested in traveling to North Korea, here are some info that can help you to plan your trip:
Who can visit North Korea?

North Korea accepts tourists of all nationalities, including Americans. Koryo Tours says that with the exception of journalists, most North Korea visa applications — US citizens included — are approved with no problems.

Previously, US citizens were only allowed into North Korea during the famed Mass Games, but as of January 2010, North Korea changed its policy to allow US travelers to visit on official guided tours any time of the year. Americans still face restrictions that don’t apply to other travelers. For instance, they can only enter the country via airplane, unlike travelers of other nationalities who can enter from China by train. Keep in mind that North Koreans strongly believe that the US was the sole culprit behind the division of the country, so be prepared to hear anti-American sentiments throughout the trip.

One important point to note is that North Korea is not for everyone. Those who visit should come with an open mind, and acknowledge the other point of view (even if you disagree). Prior to our trip, we were briefed by our tour company, “North Koreans are aware and can accept that foreigners hold different opinions, but they do not wish to be ‘taught’ or ‘saved’ by their guests.” We found that our North Korean guides were more than happy to talk to us about politics and the Korean war. As long as we accepted/respected their opinions and showed a genuine interest in their country, they were willing to open up more and discuss things with us.

The only way into North Korea: traveling with a tour operator

Tourism is highly restricted, so booking a guided tour with one of the dozen or so companies endorsed by the state-run Korea International Travel Company is the only way in. That means you have to travel with two or more tour guides at all times. You can however choose to travel in a group or individually with the guides. Most tours leave from Beijing — there is NO way into North Korea from South Korea.

We traveled with Beijing-based Koryo Tours and highly recommend them. They are a well-established company that has been promoting DPRK tourism through documentaries, art exhibitions and tours since 1993. Our Spring/Dragon Boat Festival Tour brought us through most of the main sights of Pyongyang, the country’s capital, and out to the DMZ (demilitarized zone that divides Korea into two) and nearby Kaesong city.

We were accompanied by two local guides and a tour leader: Mr Oh, a native who’s worked in tourism for 20 years and lived abroad in Seychelles; Miss Pak, a young, well-spoken North Korean lady always ready to answer questions; and Simon Cockerell, a knowledgeable British expert who’s been to North Korea over 112 times. The tour was well-organized and professionally put-together, our guides obviously have years of experience and it way exceeded my expectations.

Tours are not cheap, with group tour prices starting from €790 (US$1057). This includes the flight from Beijing to Pyongyang and train back to Beijing, as well as all meals, hotel accommodation and guide. Trips range from two days to two weeks. A typical tour consist of between 8 and 18 tourists. Koryo Tours’ group tours are set on dates to coincide with a major holiday or event in the DPRK – we were there during the children’s union founding day and saw a special performance at the children’s palace.

Is it controlled?

Regardless of whether you’re on your own or in a group, two Korean guides and a driver will accompany you at all times. Throughout the whole trip, you will be chaperoned around our guides and you’re not allowed to leave the group or hotel at any point. Deviating from this will only get your guides into trouble and you’ll run the risk of being deported or even worse, detained in the country by the government.

Photography is controlled to a certain level – and military/custom officers will definitely get you to delete photos that they don’t approve of. Photography of anyone military or strategic is not allowed. We were also advised not to take photos of people without their permission as many North Koreans do not like to be photographed – but surprisingly, we found that most of them, especially children, were more than happy to pose for photos with us. On the train ride from Pyongyang back to Beijing, military officers came to check through all our cameras and deleted photos that were not allowed.

There are a number of items that are not allowed into North Korea:
mobile phone – which can be left at the customs and returned upon departure
books about DPRK or the Korean situation (guide books are fine)
American or South Korean flags or clothes prominently showing these
books or magazines/newspapers from South Korea
clothes with political or obscene slogans
any GPS device – this includes cameras which have GPS (they will confiscate them at the customs)

While it’s true that our movement and freedom were restricted, I didn’t feel controlled in any sense of the word. We were free to interact with locals, we drove by farming lands, we saw shabby alleyways and we were obviously allowed to have our own opinions (our guides respected that as long as we didn’t impose our ideas on them).

Photography in the countryside is not allowed.
What do you see in North Korea?

You’ll be surprised but there’s quite a lot of sights to see in North Korea: from impressive monuments to museums and microbrewery visits. Most of the museum visits include a tour given by military guides who speak amazing English and offer interesting, contorted views on the outside world. You get to talk to quite a few locals (not only military) and ask as many questions as you want. Koryo Tours does a great job of educating travelers on North Korea and also mixing up the itinerary with educational/cultural visits and local interactions.

An important stop on the tour is Mansudae Hill in Pyongyang, home to statues of late President Kim Il-Sung and leader Kim Jong-Il. Visitors have to dress formally and present flowers at the monument. We are also expected to bow and pay our respect to the ‘supreme leaders’. Other monuments we visited include the Juche Tower and Workers’ Party Monument which are extremely impressive in scale and grandeur. Carvings depicting workers are results of world-class workmanship. We also visited the USS Pueblo, an American espionage ship that was captured by the North Koreans in 1968 (they definitely showed how proud they were of capturing it).

One of the highlights of our trip was touring the Mangyongdae Children’s Palace, meeting children who have been trained there since a very young age and seeing them perform (it was rather eerie to see how well-trained they were). North Korea’s annual mass game is an extremely famous event, and even thou we didn’t get to visit during the festival, this visit to the children’s palace gave us a peek into how serious they take their performing arts.

To give us a chance to see local life, Koryo Tours also took us on a ride on their local subway. The Pyongyang metro, the deepest in the world, is almost like a time machine, bringing us back to several decades in time to Soviet-style train stations and in Russia-built wagons. On the subway, we had so much fun interacting with the locals, showing them our photos and using sign language to talk to them. When we smiled and waved, they would often smile back and look upon with curiosity. We also went to play bowling at a local establishment and it was just so interesting to see North Koreans having leisure time. At Mount Ryonggak, we played guessing games with children in the park, witnessed a couple taking wedding photos and danced with groups of ladies who were having a picnic and drinks.

All in all, a visit to North Korea will definitely open your eyes to a place that is otherwise closed to the outside world. The only way to truly understand a place like this is to visit and see for yourself.

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Pictish Stones at the University Pictish stone

Speaker: Neil Curtis

A talk to accompany 'Crafting Kingdoms: the rise of the northern Picts' exhibition.

To complement the exhibition, there will be special opportunities to study the other Pictish stones in the University’s collection and discover more about their interesting histories. A curatorial talk by Neil Curtis will be followed by time to ask questions and look closely at the stones.

Venue: University of Aberdeen Museums Collection Centre, Marischal College

Pictish stone

Pleas email for more information

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Gillian Wearing and Yinka Shonibare line up for Connect! The Museums at Night win-an-artist competition

Gillian Wearing, Yinka Shonibare and Pure Evil announced for Museums at Night Connect! Competition 

The Connect! artists (clockwise from top): Pure Evil, Yinka Shonibare, Gillian Wearing, Luke Jerram, Davy and Kristin McGuire and Alinah AzadehThe six contemporary artists chosen for Culture24's Museums at Night Connect! competition have been revealed in a line up including street artist Pure Evil, Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing and Yinka Shonibare. 

They are joined by theatrical installation duo Davy and Kristin McGuire, public interventionist Luke Jerram and cross platform artist Alinah Azadeh. 

All the artists will create a series of unique events at a museum or gallery during Museums at Night, the UK’s after hours festival of arts, culture and heritage, in which hundreds of venues all over the UK open their doors at nighttime.

Cultural venues now have a five weeks to ‘bid’ for their chosen artist by coming up with a winning participatory event idea. The best will be shortlisted by the artist and it’s then up to the public to vote for who goes where. 

Previous Connect! events have seen Jake Chapman head to the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings for an evening of exquisite corpse creating, Spencer Tunick lead a mass photo shoot of naked people in Folkestone and Martin Creed undertake an exploration of the Freud Museum in London.

In 2014 Grayson Perry led a bear hunt around York Museum and photographer Rankin spent a day and evening photographing gardeners for a pop up exhibition at a historic allotment in Nottingham. 

Public voting for Connect! 2015 will open on May 1 with winning venues announced during Museums at Night in May. Connect! events will take place during Museums at Night’s new two-day autumn festival on October 30 and 31.

About the Artists: 

Alinah Azadeh works across media to create works rooted in the living and disclosure of personal experiences that involve the public in acts of gift, ritual and playful exchange. Her installations include; The Bibliomancer’s Dream (2009, South Bank Centre), The Gifts (2010, Bristol Museum) and All Is Not Lost (2014, Museum of Picardy). Her Burning the Books is a collaborative performance project exploring the power of debt, currently on national tour.

Davy and Kristin McGuire head an award winning creative studio that designs unique visual experiences through art installations and theatrical projects. Their hybrid art works are delicate, "filigree" fantasies that are momentarily brought to life through projection mapping and storytelling. 

Winners of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2013, their work has included theatre productions such as international hit The Ice Book (the world‘s first projection mapped pop-up book) and award winning theatre show The Paper Architect which premiered at The Barbican.

Gillian Wearing OBE RA investigates the tensions between public and private, fiction and reality, and the relationship between the artist and the viewer. She has built up a reputation for performative photographs and films exploring personal revelations, private fantasies, and psychological trauma. In 1997 she was awarded the Turner

Pure Evil is the name by which Charles Uzzel-Edwards, direct descendent of Sir Thomas More, is known in the contemporary art and street graffiti world. His art is heavily inspired by skate culture and graffiti artists from the west coast of America and includes the trademark ‘Evil Bunny’ tag. As well as exhibiting globally he owns and runs the Pure Evil gallery in Shoreditch, London from which he’s produced over 50 exhibitions for other

Luke Jerram's multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects, which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Most recently his giant installation Park and Slide caught the world's imagination while his street pianos installation Play Me, I'm Yours has been presented in over 46 cities so far, reaching an audience to date of over 6

Yinka Shonibare MBE explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial’ hybrid, his trademark material is the brightly coloured ‘African’ batik fabric he buys at Brixton market. 

A Turner prize nominee in 2004, other notable work has included Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, which was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square from 2010 -2012 and now on permanent display outside the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Shonibare has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and his works are included in prominent collections all over the world. 

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«Скандинавские гости»

В отделе истории Ярославского музея-заповедника открыта новая выставка «Скандинавские гости». Она посвящена эпохе присутствия скандинавов на Волжском торговом пути в IX-XI вв. 

На выставке «Скандинавские гости» посетители смогут познакомиться с современной реконструкцией скандинавских костюмов, оружия, украшений, предметов быта. Все костюмы и предметы изготовлены непосредственно участниками ярославского клуба исторической реконструкции «Katthund», а также другими мастерами. Клуб существует уже более четырех лет. Он входит в Межрегиональную ассоциацию клубов исторической реконструкции «Северный Союз», объединяющую единомышленников из нескольких регионов России, регулярно принимает участие в крупных фестивалях клубов исторических реконструкций, которые проходят в нашей стране.

Испокон веков скандинавские народы были связаны тесными узами с историей Ярославского края. Наиболее активно «скандинавские гости» начинают проникать с севера на территорию Верхнего Поволжья в IX веке. Тогда на реке Которосль, недалеко от современного Ярославля, появилось поселение, в котором скандинавские воины составляли военную элиту. Сейчас это поселение известно под названием «Тимеревский археологический комплекс». Научное исследование Тимеревского комплекса было начато еще в XIX веке известным краеведом Тихомировым, затем продолжено в советское время несколькими археологическими экспедициями из Санкт-Петербурга. Находки были богатейшие, в частности был обнаружен один из самых крупных на территории Европы кладов серебряных монет дирхемов. Ряд археологических находок в настоящее время представлены на выставке «От времени Ярославова..». Однако выходцы из современной Швеции в нашем крае были известны не только как доблестные воины, но и как торговцы. Тысячу лет назад через Ярославский край проходил Волжский торговый путь, соединявший Северную Европу с Востоком.

На выставке в музее-заповеднике представлены реконструкции мужского и женского костюма, выполненные из натуральных материалов и тканей (лен, кожа, конопля), по технологиям, максимально приближенным к эпохе раннего средневековья. При создании исторических костюмов учитывается даже такая «мелочь», как переплетение нитей в ткани, поэтому многие реконструкторы предпочитают шить костюмы не только по средневековым «лекалам», но и из изготовленных вручную, на ткацких станках, тканей. Среди других экспонатов – костяные гребни, женские украшения – фибулы,бусы и привески, а также копии и фрагменты различного оружия, которым пользовались скандинавские воины: наконечник копья, шлем и кольчуга, меч и прочее. Безусловный интерес для зрителей представляет уменьшенная модель корабля викингов – драккара.

На афише — фото ладьи «Чайка», г. Муром. Авторы проекта Владимирская областная общественная организация «Военно-исторический клуб «Вареж».
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Established in 1974 in order to upgrade regular cultural activities taking place in Kostanjevica na Krki, most especially in the field of visual art. The Museum is the legal successor of Dolenjska Cultural Festival, as is its activities and property (art collections). It covers the visual art of a wide area which is composed of Bela Krajina, Dolenjska and Posavje. As such, it is recorded in Museum and Gallery register of the Ministry of Culture RS. 

Božidar Jakac Art Museum is one of the largest in Slovenia due to the size of its exhibiting area, presented material and fine art collection. Its permanent exhibitions present works of Slovene Expressionist painters, while temporary exhibitions cover the work of the most important contemporary artists from Slovenia and abroad. Annual programmes of Božidar Jakac Art Museum are determined in cooperation with other Visual Art Institutions who work on national as well as international level. An important segment of the Museum’s activities is its successful collaboration with neighbouring Croatia. Božidar Jakac Art Museum is an indispensable agent in the development of Kostanjevica na Krki Municipality.

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Je bila ustanovljena leta 1974 kot nadgradnja kulturnih dejavnosti, ki so se odvijale v Kostanjevici na Krki, posebej likovne dejavnosti. Je pravna naslednica Dolenjskega kulturnega festivala, njegovih dejavnosti in tudi njegovega premoženja. S svojo dejavnostjo pokriva področje Bele krajine, Dolenjske in Posavja in je vpisana v razvid muzejev in galerij pri Ministrstvu za kulturo RS.

Je ena izmed največjih slovenskih galerij po površini razstavnih prostorov, razstavljenem gradivu in likovnemu fondu. Predstavlja dela slovenskih ekspresionistov na stalnih razstavah, na občasnih razstavah pa skuša predstaviti vrhunske domače in tuje umetnike. Galerija pripravlja svoje programe v sodelovanju z domačimi in tujimi zavodi iz področja likovne dejavnosti. Pomemben del dejavnosti galerije sega tudi preko meja, naj izpostavimo samo odlično sodelovanje s sosednjo Hrvaško. Galerija je s svojo dejavnostjo nepogrešljiv, prepoznaven člen razvoja občine Kostanjevica na Krki.

Campos do Jordão tem carnaval no museu, desfiles e marchinhas

Programação incluiu eventos carnavalescos no museu da cidade.
O público vai poder conferir também pocket shows na Concha Acústica

Carnaval em Campos do Jordão na tarde deste domingo (15). (Foto: Edgar Rocha/ TV Vanguarda)

Quem quiser aproveitar um carnaval mais tranquilo, a opção é subir a serra e ir para Campos do Jordão. A cidade, na Serra da Mantiqueira, tem na programação da folia marchinhas itinerantes, desfile de escolas de samba e o carnaval cultural, que tem em sua programação apresentações musicais e eventos no museu.

Batizado de "Folia no Museu", os foliões poderão ver eventos carnavalescos no Museu Felícia Leimer, e pocket shows na Concha Acústica do Capivari. As tradicionais marchinhas itinerantes, com saída do centro de Capivari, acontecem nesta segunda (16) e terça-feira (17), às 12h, 15h e 20h. O desfile das escolas de samba também acontece na terça-feira, às 19, na Vila Abernéssia.

Outra atração para os turistas hóspedes de hoteis da cidade é Carnaval de Máscaras, uma promoção especial oferecida por parcela dos hotéis, pousadas e restaurantes de Campos do Jordão, que distribuirão máscaras carnavalescas ao estilo de Veneza. Para participar da promoção, o turista deve tirar uma “selfie” vestindo a máscara e postar a foto nas redes sociais, para ganhar uma taça de champanhe nos restaurantes participantes.

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Vídeo: Obras de arte para cegos no Museu do Prado

Os cegos podem sentir a textura das obras de arte, numa iniciativa do Museu do Prado, em Madrid. As pinturas de grandes mestres, como Picasso ou Dali, foram copiadas em impressoras 3D. Veja o vídeo.

O sentido da visão está no toque. É pelas mãos que os cegos veem. E por isso as grandes obras de pintores como Picasso ou Dalí podem ser sentidas pelos cegos.

No Museu do Prado, em Madrid, foram feitas réplicas tridimensionais de algumas das pinturas que mais reconhecimento obtiveram.


Os cegos podem assim ver com o toque e apreciar a arte, criando uma imagem.
A exposição está aberta ao público até ao dia 28 de junho, sendo que a entrada é grátis para pessoas cegas. A experiência poderá ser repetida, dado sucesso que a mostra está a registar.

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Revitalizar el museo no significa
necesariamente invertir en nueva museografía.

Los museos ricos renuevan su museografía cada vez que se enfrentan a cambios importantes; en un museo modesto esto no es posible. Es posible que solo nos podamos permitir cambiar los muebles de sitio y añadir algún “nuevo toque”. Lo hacemos como cuando nos planteamos renovar la decoración de nuestra casa: cada vez que cambiamos los muebles de sitio y pintamos algunas paredes, parece que hemos hecho una gran renovación – jugar con gráficas y arte en las paredes también ayuda -. En el museo local puede ocurrir algo similar. Reorganizar una colección es una forma de renovar y actualizar todo un museo; reagrupar obras de arte de una forma diferente es una manera de promover lecturas distintas del propio arte; se trata de ofrecer a los visitantes que ya conocen el museo una nueva observación desde una visión diferente de los mismos objetos.

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Os proponemos un ejemplo más detallado. Un objeto puede transmitir muchos mensajes diferentes; así, por ejemplo, una moneda romana de la época del emperador Augusto puede ser usada para mostrar el rostro del hombre, ya que su perfil está grabado en el anverso de la misma; nos está indicando que los artesanos romanos conocían bien el arte del retrato; y, sin embargo, fijándonos en su inscripción: “DIVUS AUSGUSTUS PATER”, nos daremos cuenta de que el emperador era tratado al nivel de una divinidad (DIVUS). La moneda nos habla de creencias religiosas romanas que llegaba a divinizar a determinados seres humanos. Al mismo tiempo, en el reverso de la moneda de Augusto, con la figura de la Victoria alada aparece la inscripción “SC” (Senatus Consulto), es decir, “con la aprobación del senado”, lo cual nos muestra el mecanismo político que decidía cuándo, quién y cómo se acuñaban las monedas; finalmente analizada desde un punto de vista técnico, de estampación metálica y de aleación de metal, nos proporciona otro nivel de información, además de la pura y simple información económica. Cualquier objeto del pasado, al igual que el ejemplo de la moneda, puede tener muchas lecturas diferentes y complementarias, todo depende de cómo se ordene y contextualice el objeto con relación a los demás. Hay mucho material de conocimiento en una sola moneda, mostrémoslo de una manera diferente al visitante.

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Si los objetos del museo se reordenan con cierta frecuencia, se dará la sensación de estar proponiendo cambios continuos al visitante que ya nos conoce. Para ello, se pueden cambiar los textos, colocar gráficas bonitas (una reproducción gráfica del rostro de Augusto en formato gigante como fondo a la moneda), etcétera. No hay que tener miedo, es mejor renovar el discurso, aun cuando sea solo con el uso de gráficas convencionales hechas con el ordenador del museo, que seguir teniendo textos envejecidos sobre objetos nobles. El museo se transformará de esta forma en un organismo vivo, que irá cambiando de forma y cobrará vida nueva en cada cambio. De lo contrario el museo será un lugar consagrado como tumba de la cultura.

Diseño señaléctica: The Tank Way Finding


En todas las ciudades existe un colectivo de artistas jóvenes que están deseando darse a conocer. Si se contacta con ellos, dejando claro que la curaduría de las obras las hará el propio museo, seguro que podréis montar una exposición temporal muy interesante que revitalice el museo. Lo mismo se puede hacer con el trabajo de artesanos locales y artistas no convencionales, como los que crean determinado tipo de instalaciones e incluso happenings. También se puede contactar con las galerías para que se promocionen prestando obras al museo. Seguimos en la línea de promocionar el museo lo más que se pueda, conviviendo amistosamente con los medios de comunicación locales que suelen tener el área de cultura bastante vacía, con la necesidad de nutrirse de nuevos contenidos. Si se trabaja bien, se podrá definir una corriente de colaboración que beneficie a mucha gente, no solo al museo.

Fonte: @edisonmariotti #edisonmariotti  Espacio Visual Europa (EVE)