Koreas kick off talks on S. Korean art troupe's performance in Pyongyang

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22 March, 2018

The Unification Ministry said Wednesday that it set up a six-member advance team to inspect facilities and accommodations in Pyongyang ahead of planned concerts by South Korean artists.

Seoul said the North had invited the art troupe "in order to keep the momentum for peace and reconciliation", which was galvanised by the Winter Olympics and built on when South Korean special envoys met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month.

The Ministry of Unification said that Yun Sang, 50, is deemed suitable as director of Seoul's art group, given his experience in dealing with diverse genres and the short period of preparations for a Pyongyang concert.

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K-pop girl group Red Velvet and music industry veterans Cho Yong-pil and Lee Sun-hee will be just some of the names to appear on stage. They commented on their participation, "We are honored and happy to attend a meaningful event". The girls are now looking forward to showing their talents in front of their North Korean fans. "We will prepare well to showcase great performances".

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The latest round of cultural exchange was a result of the two Koreas' talks in the run-up to and after the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The development comes during a thaw in the North Korean nuclear crisis. Samjiyon Orchestra's 140 members completed a couple of performances on stage.

Despite the misgivings of some South Koreans, tickets were in high demand, with 156,000 people applying for 530 pairs of available seats.

The once-in-a-lifetime concert will be held starting March 31 until April 3 at East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and Pyongyang Arena.


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