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True space of the arts created in collaboration with the audience: Eun-joo Kim at TEDxSeoul

Eun-joo Kim is the youngest-ever owner of a theater that sold out every performance ever put up and currently takes up the largest market share in Korea. She also has a unique resume in the movie industry. She started her affair with cinema at a production company and she clinched profit from La Scala from the 1980s. She still keeps in close contact with film industry insiders to this day. Her current theater projects Huhleewood Classic Theater (play at words combining the word Hollywood with the Korean word "Huhlee" which means one's lower back in order to convey the body part most affected by arthritis) and Westgate Arts Center which are the nation's first-ever "silver" theater dedicated to seniors. Close to 200,000 visit this 300-seat theater per year. Considering there are about 300,000 people using a multiplex center with eight theaters, it is an impressive box office feat. Her business motto, "Work with your heart not calculate with your head," allowed the business to offer service to the elder at an eye-to-eye level. This theater is currently run by the elderly of ages 55 and over. There are antique DJ booth, affordable ticket price, old school snacks and the good old classics from the past are all implemented by suggestions and help from the audience. She is now researching into another cultural space that crosses the generation gap and aim to bring generations together."I think it is meaningful just to have a space to communicate about the world with the elderly. There is no profiteering involved in this process, simply the will to share. I don't think everything has to be high-tech and modern. A tailor-made contents that make individuals happy and those shared is the important thing. I think that is the power of culture."Korea has to find its niche. We can go from the country with high life expectancy to the country with the highest level of wisdom. I believe there still is love and filial piety left in our society. We are prepared by any means to be just that.""I am incredibly happy these days. Our patrons bring us rice cake, fresh fruits and even homemade kimchi. I don't believe there are too many places where theater goers come by eager to share food and talk. We are starting our own tradition here."TEDxSeoul 4th Event '?' (the stage, the platform, the network) - 05/27/12About TEDxIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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