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10 Jul 2018

DPRK debuts at Slavianski Bazaar festival with exhibition project

VITEBSK, 10 July (BelTA) – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has debuted at the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk with an exhibition project. The exhibition titled as “Korea the Land of Morning Freshness” opened in the Local Lore Museum on 10 July, BelTA has learned.

The exhibition features more than 220 works made by the DPRK artisans in a variety of techniques. Mr. Jong Sae Nal, a representative of the DPRK Embassy in Belarus, noted that the cooperation between the two countries in culture has been growing. A number of projects have already been carried out despite the fact that the DPRK Embassy in Belarus opened just two years ago.

“This exhibition has already been exhibited twice in Minsk. Now it has become part of a great program of Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk. We want to dedicate it to two events: Belarus’ Independence Day, which was celebrated recently, and the 70th anniversary of the DPRK, which will be celebrated in September. It is great that the Belarusians have a chance to learn more about the talented and hardworking Korean people,” he noted.

In a return speech, Head of the Culture Department of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee Piotr Podgursky expressed confidence that the Korean guests will be able to get acquainted with the handicrafts of Belarusians at the arts and crafts fair deployed in the artisans city in Vitebsk. Perhaps an exhibition of Belarusian folk art will go on display in Pyongyang or other cities soon.

The exhibition in Vitebsk is diverse. Finest silk embroidery amazes by grace and realistic images. This kind of art has won worldwide recognition. The exhibition presents ten works made by students of the Pyongyang Embroidery Institute. Another 10 exclusive decorative panels-mosaics made out of shell attracts the attention with bright colors. This technique is called mannenhwa. It also displays the paintings made by unprofessional artists to decorate homes or to express wishes for a long and happy life. Korean porcelain, ceramics made of snails and seashells, books of different genres and stamps are also on display.

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