Pyongyang, August11:At a time when tensions are more heated than they have been in years, the border between the Koreas – one of the world’s most militarised – is about to be the scene of a pop concert.
Every year, South Korean pop stars perform right next to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), which splits the Korean peninsula, in a “peace concert”.
This year, it comes as North Korea is threatening to fire missiles towards the US territory of Guam, while the US president has threatened them with “fire and fury like the world has never seen”.
What happens in the concert?
There are two events – the first and more popular one is a Korean pop (or K-pop) extravaganza on the Saturday. It’s followed by a classical music concert on Sunday.
Though they are marketed as “DMZ Concerts”, they are obviously not held within the demilitarised zone, but at a tourist spot called Nuri Peace Park in the South Korean city of Paju, north of Seoul.
The free and public event is organised by South Korean broadcaster MBC, the Ministry of Unification – which promotes and prepares for potential future reunification of the Koreas – and local authorities. It will be broadcast later on national television.
This year’s K-pop concert is taglined “Again, Peace!” and will boast top acts like Girls Generation and BTOB. It is expected to draw thousands of fans.