The ADRIA Arts Festival this week celebrates the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties with Croatia and Slovenia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the host of the festival, invited the Zagreb String Quartet and Zwizde, a folk music group from Croatia, and the national ballet company from Slovenia.
"The event is aimed at enhancing exchanges between Korea and Croatia and Slovenia among musicians and dancers," the ministry said in a press release.
The Zagreb String Quartet is one of the most acclaimed quartets in Europe, having performed more than 3,000 times all around the world. Established in 1919, the group has paved the way for more than 30 prominent solo musicians. This will be its first performance in Korea.
Ensemble Zwizde will present folk music and dance from the Adriatic Sea region. Consisting only of female performers, the ensemble was born to preserve the local music called "sokacka," and this is also its first visit to Korea.
The first performance took place on Sunday by the Slovenian ballet company, and on Tuesday the string quartet will perform followed by Zwizde's performance Wednesday.
The venue is the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free. For more information and a detailed program, visit www.adriafestival.com.