The “Russian Seasons”, a cultural project that links Russia with other countries, is in South Korea this year.
This follows the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations last year and the designation of 2020 and 2021 as special years of cultural exchange.
“Cultural exchanges further promote the exchange of human resources. We have seen this happen after the “Russian seasons” in Italy and Germany. It’s important to know more about each other’s culture and I hope we can have more interaction once the project is finished. ”
One of the most important cultural events held recently was the installation of the bust of the iconic Russian writer Leo Tolstoy at the House of Literature in Seoul.
Among the participants was Vladimir Tolstoy, the great-great-grandson of Leo Tolstoy and the cultural advisor to President Putin.
He stressed how important it is to have the bust in South Korea, as well as to have a South Korean business to support Russian literature.
“The most prestigious literary prizes in Russia are the Tolstoy Prizes. They reward writers who have written the best literary work in Russia and the best work translated into Russian. For twenty years, Samsung Electronics has helped us continue these awards. I’m happy to see the awards and an event like this is being held in recognition of Leo Tolstoy. “
Celebrity conductor Valery Gergiev, known to sometimes use a toothpick as a wand when conducting an orchestra, also traveled to Seoul to give a concert on Wednesday with the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble.
This is the first time the ensemble has performed in South Korea.
During the press conference, the conductor stressed that such cultural interactions are a way to ferment diplomatic relations.
“Cultural exchanges transcend political issues. The pursuit of successful cultural exchanges plays a big role in maintaining favorable relations between countries. “
As Russia and South Korea enter their fourth decade of diplomatic relations, cultural events are expected to play a key role in strengthening these relations.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.