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Korean embassy hosts ‘Rhythms of Korea’ ceremony in Kuwait

The unique ceremony was held in celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 60th anniversary of their cooperation in the energy sector

The ‘Rhythms of Korea’ ceremony, which showcased Korean astronomical music, featured various performances by the renowned Korean ballet band The Little Angels, one of the world’s most famous Korean dance and singing groups.

The theater’s 700-person auditorium was filled, showcasing the increasing fame and admiration for Korean culture in Kuwait.

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Kuwait, in collaboration with the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Literature, organized a ceremony showcasing Korean astronomical music titled “Rhythms of Korea” at the Abdul Hussein Abdul Reda Theatre in the Salmiya area on May 1.

This unique ceremony was held in celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 60th anniversary of their cooperation in the energy sector, marking the beginning of their partnership when Korea imported crude oil from Kuwait in January 1964.

The ceremony featured various performances by the renowned Korean ballet band The Little Angels, one of the world’s most famous Korean dance and singing groups. They mesmerized a large audience comprising members of the diplomatic corps, public figures, and culture and arts enthusiasts with their unique dance routines inspired by Korean history and folklore. These included the fan dance, circle dance, and sword dance, accompanied by music from the Korean musical instrument gayageum.

The theater’s 700-person auditorium was filled, showcasing the increasing fame and admiration for Korean culture in Kuwait.

The highlight of the concert was when the band performed renowned Korean folk songs, along with the Kuwaiti national anthem and Kuwaiti songs, acting as a cultural bridge between the two nations and symbolizing their spirit of solidarity. These performances showcased the traditional heritage of Korean culture, distinct from the contemporary trend of Korean dramas and popular K-pop songs.

At the start of the ceremony, His Excellency Chung Byung-ha, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the State of Kuwait, delivered a speech welcoming the esteemed audience.

The ambassador expressed deep gratitude to the Secretary-General of the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Literature, Mr. Mohammed Khaled Al-Jassar, and the Council staff for their support in organizing the event. The Ambassador also commended the efforts of members and volunteers from the Korean-Kuwaiti Cultural Diwan for their valuable contribution to the show’s success.

In his speech, the ambassador also emphasized the strong and developed partnership between the two countries. He mentioned that the ceremony wasn’t just a commemoration of the bilateral relations’ anniversaries but also aimed to enhance friendship bonds and mutual understanding through art and culture.

The ambassador added that these events weren’t only about cultural performances but also about spreading the message of peace and friendship, which is greatly needed in our world today.

The ambassador said, “When you think of Korean culture, many of you might immediately think of K-dramas, K-films, and K-pop music, which are highly popular and trendy. However, Korea is a country with a rich history spanning thousands of years, during which we have nurtured our traditional arts and performances. These traditions form the foundation of our current cultural prowess. Today, we are excited to showcase a traditional performance that is a significant part of our cultural heritage.

The visit of The Little Angels, founded in 1962 and internationally renowned for its role in cultural diplomacy, holds great significance for Kuwait. This visit occurs approximately 50 years after their first performance in 1974, which took place before the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This underscores the pre-existing cultural and economic ties between them, predating their political engagements,” the ambassador said.

Ambassador Byung-ha said, “I believe the performance by these young people holds deeper meaning than mere entertainment. They are conveying important messages. ‘The Little Angels’ was formed shortly after the end of the devastating Korean War. When they performed overseas in the 1960s, their primary messages were ones of peace and friendship.

The hosting of this ceremony bears witness to the continuous and evolving friendship and cooperation between Korea and Kuwait, paving the way for further distinguished cultural exchanges in the years ahead, the ambassador added.

 



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