North Korea to host first K-Pop shows since 2005

Acts will cross the border later this month

South Korean K-Pop acts are set to perform in North Korea for the first time since 2005, it has been reported.

With South Korea hosting North Korean acts during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang recently, 160 South Korean artists are now set to cross the border, Reuters reports.

K-Pop group Red Velvet are among the acts set to perform – along with singers Cho Yong-Pil and Lee Sun-hee. Yong-Pil is said to be the last South Korean singer to perform in the North around 13 years ago.

Singer and producer Soon Sang led South Korea’s delegation during talks today. “While we’re on the stage, I believe it will be difficult to portray personal feelings towards denuclearization,” he said. “Our first task will be to instil the same awe in North Korean audiences as we do our South Korean ones, and make sure nothing is awkward.”

Shows are due to take place between March 31 and April 3.

There will be two shows in Pyongyang – one at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and one at Ryukyung Chung Ju Yung Gymnasium.

After North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that he intended to improve ties between the two countries, the announcement suggests that tensions are beginning to ease.

In January, North Korea sent pop singer Hyon Song-Wol to South Korea for Winter Olympics talks.