Popular Song Festival between Two Koreas Postponed

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Popular Song Festival between Two Koreas Postponed

A popular song festival, the so-called Arirang Song Festival, jointly held by South and North Korea which is supposed to be held on Chusok, Korean Thanksgiving, appears to have been postponed until after Thanksgiving and will likely be considerably downsized.
A source from the civilian groups preparing to hold the festival said, 'Although the Arirang Festival is scheduled to open two or three times before and after Thanksgiving, which falls on September 24 in the two Koreas, it will inevitably be put off because of differing stances of the two Koreas on the holding of the festival.'
He added that It will probably be impossible for North Korean singers to perform in S. Korea.
North Korea has reportedly opposed the possible watching of the NK portion of the festival by South Korean tourists visiting Mt.Kumkang.
Therefore, the festival is shaping up to be nothing more than an overseas performance by South Korean singers rather than the exchange of popular music between the two Koreas.
Seo Jang-soo:jsbee@joongang.co.kr

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