A performing arts group and a Taekwondo demonstration team from South
Korea departed from Gimpo Airport at 10 a.m. on March 31st (Saturday),
headed for Pyeongyang. Do Jong-hwan, Minister of Culture, Sports, and
Tourism, shared some words at a public address made before the groups’
departure, saying “I ask for the support and backing of the public so
that a warm, peaceful energy may spread over the Korean Peninsula”,
and “We will do our best, together with these pop culture artists, to
ensure that this historial performance in Pyeongyang, the first of its
kind in 13 years, will be carried out successfully.”
The “South Korean Performing Arts Group Performance in Pyeongyang to
Commence Peaceful North-South Cooperation“ was put on at the East
Pyongyang Grand Theatre on April 1st (Sunday). The performance, which
embodied the theme ‘Spring is Coming’, included 11 performance
teams/singers: Cho Yong-pil, Choi Jin-hee, Lee Sun-hee, Yoon Do-hyun,
Baek Ji-young, Jeong In, Ali, Seohyun, Kim Gwang-min, and the girl
group Red Velvet.
The performance’s attendees included North Korea’s Chairman Kim
Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju, his younger sister Kim Yo-jong who is
the 1st assistant minister of the Central Committee of the Workers’
Party of Korea, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s
Assembly Kim Yong-nam, Vice-Chairman Choe Hwi, Chairperson of the
Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland Ri
Son-gwon, and Park Chun-nam.
Meanwhile, on the same day, April 1st (Sunday), 20 members of a
World Taekwondo (WT) demonstration team gave their own performance,
consisting of a demonstration of Poomsae, at the Pyongyang Taekwondo
Hall’s main performance venue.
On April 2nd (Monday), the Taekwondo demonstration team will
participate in a joint performance with an ITF Taekwondo demo team at
the Pyongyang Grand Theatre. On April 3rd (Tuesday) the South Korean
performing arts group will put on a joint performance with a North
Korean art group at the Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium, after which
they plan to return to Incheon Airport late that same night.