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The possibility of 'Autumn has Come' happening after 'Spring is Coming' Updated: 2018-09-18 18:00:05 KST

South and North Korea may be divided, but what ties the people of the two Koreas together is of course, the culture.

Split into two countries seven decades ago and with differences in all aspects of culture -- from music to language -- the leaders of Seoul and Pyeongyang see eye-to-eye on the need to boost cultural exchanges.

Weeks before the first historic summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, South Korean artists had a chance to put on a show in the North Korean capital.
Called "Spring is Coming," it was the first such show in 13 years and involved eleven of South Korea's major artists.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju were part of the audience.

Kim said there should be more cultural and artistic performances between Seoul and Pyeongyang and suggested holding another concert in autumn -- this time in Seoul -- signifying that the two Koreas are seeing "fruitful results" from their diplomatic efforts.
The two Koreas are working to set the schedule and venue for that autumn concert, where North Korea's art troupe will perform in South Korea.

In the meantime, there have been other cultural exchanges between the two Koreas.
North Korean movies were screened at the 2018 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and North Korean arts were exhibited in the ( ) 2018 Gwangju Biennale.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has set up a task force to push forward the cultural exchange projects that were once suspended. Minister Do Jong-hwan proposed projects such as a joint dictionary compilation, a joint exploration of the ( ) Gaesong Manwoldae ruins and recreating a literary magazine called 'Unification Literature'.

With more cultural interactions to come on various fronts in the future, culture is expected to be a part of a firm foundation for strong and stable inter-Korean relations.

Seo Bo-bin, Arirang News.
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