About IMACO

Organization Information

About IMACO

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Name
International Mask Arts & Culture Organization (IMACO)
IMACO status
  • Foundation date: 29th September 2006 / 40 individual and group organization members in 24 countries
  • Secretariat : Andong, Republic of Korea
  • Current members : 143 individual and group organizations in 63 counties
  • Organization structure : President, international board of directors, secretary general, culture contents team, international relations team
    - First president : Kim, Hwi-dong / (Former)Mayor of Andong, Current president : Kweon, Young-sae / Mayor of Andong
Outline
  • Mask is a universal culture, act as cultural tool in each culture and reflects the character of culture in various styles, shapes and functions.
  • Considering that there is no established foundation for mask arts and culture, IMACO will promote the mask owned country’s culture and performance through the mask and preserve mask related intangible heritages. In addition, MACO will make all effort so that Andong becomes the leading hub of international cultural exchange through Andong Maskdance Festival.
  • The members of IMACO are consist of the group organizations that contribute to mask arts and culture such as countries, local governments, mask research groups, museums, etc., or individuals who are mask artists, mask researchers, mask performers, etc. We intend to establish an international cultural organization for mask culture and build a network through the active involvement of members to investigate, and study the cultural symbolism of masks.
  • IMACO intend to collect 3D resources of international masks by utilizing the latest IT technology, and build a network system between international mask culture organizations. As NGO in formal consultative relations with UNESCO, IMACO aims to archive and research the all the source of traditional mask data, and support in field of education such as mask making, performance training etc.
Objectives
  • Construct the phase of Andong as center of world mask and culture
  • Bridgehead to enlist the Confucian culture including Andong as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • List Korean (Hahoe Pyolshingut Talnori) Mask Dance on the UNESCO World Intangible Heritage
  • Bridgehead to establish UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia
  • Create an opportunity to establish World Mask Symbol Museum and activate the cultural industries based on the development of the festival
Member countries
Member countries
Member countries Continent Country
63 Countries with 143 groups and individuals Asia ahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
Europe Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Yakutia
America Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, United States of America
Africa Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Zambia
Oceania Australia, New Zealand
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