K-pop singer Kim Jang-hoon will perform at the Carnival of Venice, the Italian city's largest festival, next month.
According to his management company, Kim was chosen as the main artist for the carnival. The singer who is also known for his promotion of the Dokdo islets and charity work will perform with a troupe of Samulnori, a genre of Korean traditional percussion, on the main stage of the Piazza San Marco on Feb. 27. They will present a diverse repertoire, including "Arirang."
Feb. 27 is designated as "Giovedi Grasso," or a holiday for the highlight of the carnival, and Kim is the first Asian musician to perform on the occasion, according to Kim's management company.
"Kim Jang-hoon will be the first Asian singer to perform at the event, where world-class musicians such as the Rolling Stones and Elton John had been invited before," a spokesman for the company said.
The organizing committee invited Kim after a six-month evaluation process.
"The theme of the carnival this year is ‘wonder and fantasy nature.' The committee was drawn to Mr. Kim for his appealing voices, uniqueness and productive capacity," a spokesman for the agency responsible in Italy was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency.
The Carnival of Venice, which dates back to 1268, is one of the most renowned festivals in the world. Featuring masks and historical garments, the festival attracts more than a million tourists each year.