K-Pop Maghreb Festival: Tunisia celebrates Korean culture
23/06/2019 17:46, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Colourful with a dominance of yellow, the Habib Bourguiba Avenue downtown Tunis lived this Sunday through a unique event, the "K-Pop Maghreb Festival."

Young female and male dancers were moving to the rhythm of Korean K-Pop music, coming from various Tunisian regions for this 1st edition of K-pop Maghreb, spreading an exceptional joie de vivre.

The festival is organised in partnership between the Embassy of the Republic of South Korea in Tunis, the municipality of the city of Tunis and several private partners. The school specialised in teaching the Korean language, among other languages, First Leading Consulting, is the main partner of this event.

Business Manager of the First Leading Consulting Hamed Kharraz said that the idea of ​​this festival is to bring together K-pop fans in Tunisia around music, dance and culture. They represent, according to him, the largest number in the Maghreb region, estimating the number of the audience at 1,200 persons and specifying that at the end of the performances, prizes will be awarded to three winners among the dancers, solo dancers and group choreographers.

Culture Officer at the Korean Embassy in Tunis Jong Hyun Ji pointed out that this event which "coincides with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Tunisian-Korean diplomatic relations, arises from a keenness to spread K-Pop culture in Tunisia."

Speaking to the attending young fans, South Korea’s Ambassador in Tunis Cho Koo Rae voiced admiration for the Tunisian youth, saying that he appreciates "the talent, the heart and spirit of this pure youth without which it was not possible to organise this event." "Beyond the competition, this event is a moment of joy and entertainment for a discovery of K-Pop Culture," he added.

The K-Pop Festival is the first of its kind in North Africa with a large K-Pop community among young people, often school children, high school students and even university students who perform as part of boys’ bands or girls’ bands.

Since 2010 the number of followers of this kind of fairly widespread music has continued to grow with record viewing on internet music platforms. Like Western Pop, it is an Asian music that has been known in the world since the 1960s and which reached its peak in the 2000s.

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