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Posted : 2013-07-25 19:43
Updated : 2013-07-25 19:43

Cuba culture fest to take place Aug. 2-9

Programs for the Cuban cultural festival

By Kim Ji-soo


Cultural exchanges seep through diplomatic gates.

South Korea and Cuba do not have established ties, but Korean dramas such as "Queen of Housewives" and "My Fair Lady" aired to great popularity on national Cuban television.

Continuing on that trend, the Cuban cultural festival will be held in Seoul from Aug. 2-9, according to the foreign ministry.

The festival will be held in Seoul from Aug. 2-4, and then will move onto PyeongChang, Daegu, Andong and Suncheon from Aug.7-9.

A total of 41 artists belonging to Hose Marti will perform led by deputy chief Carlos Rodriguez. Attending the festival are the Latin rock group Buena Fe, the women's dance troupe Habana Compas Dance and Cuban jazz musicians Cesar Lopez and Habana Ensemble, the cocktail expert Jose Moya and the photographer Roberto Chile.

While in Seoul, Rodriguez, deputy head of Hose Marti, will give a lecture on Cuban culture on Aug. 4 at the Yongsan Art Hall in Seoul. He will be joined by Korean actor Cho Min-ki.

The women's dance troupe Habana Compas Dance will appear on the Saturday variety show "Star King," to better promote Cuban culture to the public.

Korea and Cuba does not have diplomatic relations. But in 2005, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency set up an office in Havana and trade exchange between the two countries via third country has been on the rise ever since. North Korea and Cuba has enjoyed a friendly relationship since establishing diplomatic ties in 1960.

The cultural festival will proceed as planned despite the recent news that the North Korean-flagged ship Chong Chon Gang was stopped by Panama officials on the suspicion that it was carrying drugs. The investigators found that the ship that was on its way home from Cuba was carrying parts of a surface-to-air missile system.

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