A K-pop dance crew performs during the opening ceremony of the 2022 DC Korean Cultural Festival at George Washington University in Washington on Monday. [YONHAP]

One of Korea’s biggest overseas cultural festivals in years kicked off in Washington on Monday, as Seoul’s culture minister pledged to take bilateral ties to the next level.

The 2022 DC Korean Cultural Festival runs through November 1 at various locations across Washington, featuring many types of Korean performances and events, including taekwondo demonstrations, film screenings, and an art and craft exhibit. Arts and crafts.

The Korean Embassy in Washington and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Seoul are the hosts.

In congratulatory remarks at an opening ceremony at George Washington University on Monday, Culture Minister Park Bo-gyoon said 2022 would mark the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and the United States. States, pointing out that the 1882 Treaty of Peace, Friendship, Commerce and Navigation was the first international treaty signed by Korea with a Western country.

Culture Minister Park Bo-gyoon delivers a congratulatory speech at the opening ceremony. [NEWS1]

Culture Minister Park Bo-gyoon delivers a congratulatory speech at the opening ceremony. [NEWS1]

“The two countries have maintained close and cooperative relations in various fields such as politics, economy, military and culture for 140 years,” Park said, “and based on this, Korea has achieved successful economic development. “.

Park thanked American forces for their sacrifices during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, saying it helped Korea become the cultural powerhouse it has become.

It is the first time since 2019 that the festival has been held, with the past two years having been skipped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

All events are free and open to the public.

According to the Korea Cultural Center in Washington, the festival includes an arts and crafts exhibit showcasing the work of artists who create textiles, clothing and other items for a modern or traditional home using Hanjitraditional korean paper.

A special exhibition on the life and times of Korea’s first ministerial diplomatic representative to the United States is also held, as well as a literary evening with Korean novelist Jeong You-jeong talking about her books “Seven Years of Darkness”. and “The Good Son”. .”

A three-day program will trace the global rise of Korean cinema, with screenings of influential films from Korea or featuring Korean talent over the past decade.

A joint performance between the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company and the Washington Ballet will also take place, with each company presenting original dance works showcasing their different styles.

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