By Yuliana Prus
22 November, the Northern (Arctic) Federal University’s main assembly hall hosted the performance by Korean folk musicians and dancers.
Arranged by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Saint-Petersburg as part of the 4th Russian and Korean Rectors’ Forum “Enhancing Russia-Korea Relations in Education and Technologies”, the performances take place in NArFU 21 to 24 November.
“Russia and Korea have been partners for many years. These two countries have experienced an active development happening within all sorts of areas of knowledge, culture and education serving as the domains receiving this development and cooperation. Such events as today’s forum in NArFU foster further development. I hope they will continue strengthening the relations between our countries. I would like to extend my gratitude to the organizers of this forum and, particularly, to NArFU management. It’s a pleasure for me to know that tonight Arkhangelsk residents will have a chance to encounter Korean music culture. I hope they will enjoy”, said Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Saint-Petersburg Lee Jin Khen in his welcome address.
“Our guests have come a long way – some eight thousand kilometers, reaching Arkhangelsk from Seoul. And it is due to them that we now have a unique opportunity to encounter Korean culture, music and dance. We are especially grateful to the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Saint-Petersburg and personally to Consul General. Art knows no boundaries or borders. It enables understanding without using the language or direct contact. Encounters with culture are what foster mutual understanding. Arkhangelsk is inhabited by one hundred nationalities. We all live in peace and love all our guests and visitors”, said NArFU Vice-Rector for Strategy and Cooperation Natalia Kukarenko.
Willing to treat their guests to something unconventional, the communities in the Russian North are eager to learn new cultures. The dancers and musicians of Saint-Petersburg Center “NAN” have performed a series of pieces, playing Korean folk instruments and dancing Puchechum and Ipchum.
The international guests were introduced to the songs and music of the veterans’ ensemble “Severnye Zhemchuga” (Northern Pearls) under the State Academic Northern Russian Folk Choir.
Classical violin and piano music pieces by Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Glazunov were performed by the Russian-Korean duet – Ryu Hee Yoon and Elena Ledzhinova.