The recent Winter Olympics helped to soothe tensions between South Korea and North Korea, and now, there's another big ice-breaker. That includes ten K-pop artists, led by girl group Red Velvet (pictured above). This was during the recently-ended Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
For the first time since 2005, South Korea's famous music artists will hold a concert in North Korea.
"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. Ahead of the event, staff from South Korea will visit Pyongyang from March 22 through 24 to assess the situation for stage props, equipment, and more.
YB, formerly known as Yoon Do-hyun Band, sang the band's 2002 World Cup anthem in Pyongyang in 2002, when the band participated in South Korean broadcaster MBC's special show in the North's capital.
Moving on! In Red Velvet news, earlier this year, the group comprising Irene, Seulgi, Wendy and Joy released a repackaging of last year's Perfect Velvet album, entitled The Perfect Red Velvet, including three new songs. Lee's signature song "To J", was performed by the Samjiyon Orchestra last month in the South.
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Despite the misgivings of some South Koreans, tickets were in high demand, with 156,000 people applying for 530 pairs of available seats.
The art troupe will hold two performances between March 31 and April 3 at the Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium and East Pyongyang Grande Theatre in Pyongyang, according to the statement.
Following a historic summit between Seoul and Pyongyang in 2000, various Korean singers, including Cho Yong-pil, performed in the North.
In 1985, South Korean musicians held their first concert in Pyongyang as part of cultural exchanges.