Top South Korean musical acts including a K-pop girlband are set to hold a rare concert in North Korea Sunday evening in the latest reconciliatory gesture before a rare inter-Korean summit.
Sunday’s event, which will be the first concert by South Korean artists in the North for more than a decade, comes as a diplomatic thaw quickens on the peninsula after months of military tensions.
The 120-member group, 11 musical acts as well as dancers, technicians and taekwondo artists, flew to Pyongyang on Saturday to perform concerts on Sunday as well as on Tuesday.
South Korean singers held a rehearsal Sunday afternoon at the 1,500-seat East Pyongyang Grand Theatre where the concert is set to begin at 7 pm, 1030 GMT, according to South Korean pool photos.
The Taekwondo athletes are also expected to stage a performance in Pyongyang on Sunday before performing together with the North’s practitioners on Monday.
The rapprochement was triggered by the South’s Winter Olympics, to which the North’s leader Kim Jong Un sent athletes, cheerleaders and his powerful sister as an envoy.
Kim followed up by agreeing to a summit with the South’s President Moon Jae-in, and reportedly to another with US President Donald Trump. The young leader also met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing last week during his first overseas trip.
The inter-Korean summit, the third after meetings in 2000 and 2007, will be held on April 27. No date has been set for the US-North Korean summit although it is expected before the end of May.