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GYCR 2023

The Global Youth Creative Residency (GYCR) is a process and an event that relates culture to the sustainable development of Jeju. It is hosted by the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, organized by UNITAR CIFAL Jeju / Jeju International Training Center, and supported by the Committee on Culture of UCLG.

The 5th edition of the GYCR will take place from 14 to 20 September 2023 in Jeju Island. Entitled “Rooted, Growing Island”, the Residency will bring together young cultural and artistic experts from around the world in Jeju to collectively explore the intersection between the arts and sustainability for the present and future. The programme will be articulated around three sub-themes:

- Roots: Jeju's environmental and traditional heritage;

- Tree trunk: Sustainability and the Arts;

- Branches and leaves: Practical connections and expansion worldwide.

The call for applications (in English) will be open from 31 July 2023 to 22 August 2023 (18:00 Korea Standard Time UTC +09:00). The application form is available here and the portfolio here. See the concept note of the GYCR 2023:















GYCR 2022

The 4th edition of the GYCR took place from 5 to 10 August 2022 in Jeju Island. Entitled “Islands in Flow 2”, the Residency invited 24 young artists from Jeju and abroad to develop creative proposals with the aim to face the urgent climate crisis, while being consulted by expert mentors. An in-person workshop (9-10 July) and a hybrid exhibition (19 August - 2 September) was held as well.

This experience was based on the commitments of the practical toolkit Culture 21 Actions on culture in sustainable cities, adopted by UCLG in 2015, especially the one related to “Culture and the Environment”, and the report coordinated by the Committee on Culture: The role of culture in climate resilient development.

See the programme of the GYCR 2022:
















In 2021, the Forum takes a new shape! Retitled "Global Youth Creative Residencies", the Forum will gather this summer for a new edition!

Check out the final report and watch the promotional video and the final presentation of the 2021 GYCR:

Final Report


Promotional video


Final presentation - GYCR 2021




GYCF 2019
The Global Youth Culture Forum (also referred as GYCF) is a process and an event that relates culture to the sustainable development of Jeju. It is supported by the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province government and the Culture Committee of the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), together with JITC-Jeju International Training Center, JFAC-Jeju Foundation for Arts and Culture and JURC-Jeju Urban Regeneration Center.

The Global Youth Culture Forum in 2019 will take place on 19-26 October and it will aims to implement, in a very practical and illustrative way, the UCLG toolkit “Culture 21 Actions” on “culture in sustainable cities”, especially its commitment related to “Public Spaces, Urban Planning and Culture”.

The Global Youth Culture Forum in 2019 will also contribute:
- To localize SDGs, especially Goals 8, 9 and 11
- To promote young artists in the making of sustainable cities
- To involve local communities in the process
- To develop Jeju as a creative culture platform for global artists: a place where meaning is developed.
- To establish a forum in which exchange young artists share their experiences and cooperate.



The call for mentees is open to international artists and architects who had interest in public space and work in any art media (photography, installations, drawing, ceramics, video, performance, soundscapes, etc.). The deadline for submissions is 2 September 2019.

GYCF 2019 Final Report


Call GYCF 2019


GYCF 2019 Curatorial proposal


GYCF 2019 General programme


GYCF 2019 Detailed programme


GYCF 2018

The Global Youth Culture Forum Jeju 2018 was held from 29th October to 4th November 2018. A global curator, local and international mentors as well as local and international artists and architects worked together taking as cases of study two different neighborhoods of Jeju City: Namsung Old Town and Jeju Old Downtown.

Find below all the results of the GYCF 2018:



Final Report



Video of the Forum (English and Korean)



Global curatorial proposal



Workshop curatorial proposal 1 - Namsung



Workshop curatorial proposal 2 - Old Downtown