Creativity contest for students of Korean studies at Palacký University Olomouc


(Teams of students of Palacký University Olomouc that include at least one student majoring in Korean studies may also apply.)


  • Grand prize: 25 000 CZK
  • 2nd prize: 10 000 CZK
  • 3rd prize: 5 000 CZK

Submissions should either

  • raise the awareness of Korean language, Koreans or Korean studies in Olomouc
  • or the awareness of Olomouc in Korea
  • or generally the awareness of Korea among Czechs.

Note: “Korea” comprises the historical Korea, the two Korean states and somehow also the Korean diaspora. However, we will prefer submissions related to South Korea.

“Creativity” should mean: We do not want to set limits for your imagination. You may, just for example:

  • Stage a one-time public happening in front of the historical clock – you submit a video thereof.
  • Upgrade your favourite café with your photos from Korea – you submit the photos and a video of your vernissage.
  • Participate in another ongoing contest (find the next Moravian superstar) with a Korea-related contribution – you sing a Korean song there and submit a video of that plus the related material produced by the makers of that other contest.
  • Persuade the editors of local paper to publish a text written by you (a text which fits our purpose).
  • Cooperate with a school in Olomouc to teach an afternoon class, trying to verify whether it really takes only one afternoon to learn hangul – and make a video of this.
  • Train a group of kindergarten kids so that it can perform one of those many nice Korean choreographies for kids – you make a video of your teaching plus of that performance.
  • Go out to the streets and teach a dozen of randomly recruited Olomoucers very short Korean dialogues (different ones) and thus produce a set of authentic emotional interaction (basic example: “I love you” – “I love you too”) in Korean, performed by people who had never spoken any word in Korean before – and you also document the whole “making of” on video.

Looks like everything needs a video, but maybe there are projects that need none. In any case, it goes without saying that your work has to be well documented. But who knows, the first prize might go to the person who submits an oil painting or a bronze statue of a hanbok wearing Martin Sturdik. (But even in this case a video of the creative process would raise the chances of getting the first prize.)

You may increase your chances by finding a sponsor for what you do, so that you can do even more spectacular things.

Participation is possible either

  • individually, as a single competitor, or
  • as a team (recommendation: max. up to four).

You may include a partner or partners who is/are not from Korean studies! Teams may also include exchange students.

We will make efforts to create a maximum of public awareness and promotion via other channels (media, embassy etc.).

The judges will be staff and members of the university; members of the public and of the Korean community.

The jury will convene and decide in consideration of the following criteria:

  1. Creativity (originality, novelty).
  2. Impact & outreach: How many people have been reached and/or how many people can be expected to appreciate this work if we promote this as a prize-winning work?
  3. Applicability: “Could this idea be well adopted by others and find followers?”
  4. Technical quality / Quality of the documentation.
  5. Quality of accompanying text and description.
  6. Sponsoring: bonus points for projects that enhanced their quality through sponsors.

Deadline for registration, with a title and a 100-word outline of the content: March 30.

Deadline for submission: May 25.

Announcement and prize ceremony: May 30.