Korean Performers to Visit Pyongyang for Two Concerts in Early April


South and North Korea held face-to-face talks Tuesday in the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone to discuss the upcoming trip.

South Korea played host to a number of North Korean acts during the 2018 Winter Olympics, and it looks as though the North is willing to return the favour by inviting not one, not two but 160 South Korean artists across the border. The South announced its plan to send an art troupe and taekwondo demonstration team to the North when South Korean special envoys met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang earlier this month.

"While we're on the stage, I believe it will be hard to portray personal feelings towards denuclearization", said singer and record producer Yoon Sang, who led the South's delegation at Tuesday's talks.

But in a statement the Pentagon confirmed they would now go ahead at the start of April, coinciding with the concerts by South Korean artists in Pyongyang. He is a popular singer and composer named as the music director for Seoul's art troupe.

The ministry said the South's art troupe will visit Pyongyang via a flight, an issue subject to consultations with the global community due to sanctions on the North. In the 2000s, various Korean pop singers, including Cho Yong-pil and idol groups, performed in the North's capital.

The South Korean delegation will include some of the country's most celebrated singers, including Cho Yong-pil, Lee Sunhee and Cho Jin Hee, who performed in Pyongyang during a previous era of detente.

"Selected South Korean musicians are known to North Korea as icons of South Korean pop music beyond ideology", he said. For this, an advance team from South Korea will visit Pyongyang from Thursday to Saturday.

Lee Sun-hee also traveled to the North in 2003 for a joint concert marking the opening of the Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium.

It will be the first time since 2005 that South Korean performers have gone to North Korea to put on shows.