North Korea to host first K-pop shows since 2005

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It will also check out venues for two concerts where the South Koreans will perform as well as various facilities and equipment, including stage lights and audio gear.

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Roughly 160 artists will soon visit Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, from March 31st to April 3rd.

Various artists are traveling to North Korea for a special performance.

It has been more than a decade since South Korean pop stars graced the stage of North Korea. The singer and producer Yoon Sang will direct the big event. "We selected him because he is well versed in diverse music genres that appeal to each generation", a spokesman said.

Baik added there have been sufficient talks with Washington regarding the upcoming performances.

Lee Sun-hee also travelled to the North in 2003 for a joint concert marking the opening of the Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium.

In the past years, South Korean K-pop artists, including popular K-pop groups of the 1990s - Sechskies and Fin.K.L, Shinhwa and Baby V.O.X. - have performed in North Korea as part of the divided Koreas' efforts to maintain cultural exchange.

The North sent its own art troupe to South Korea to celebrate the the Olympics last month, with 140 members of the Samjiyon Orchestra staging two performances.

"While we're on the stage, I believe it will be hard to portray personal feelings of denuclearization", he said in a statement during the delegation.

"Our foremost task is to deliver the same emotions and natural mood as we show here to North Korea and fellow Koreans in the North".

The development comes during a thaw in the North Korean nuclear crisis.