South Korean breakdancers excite thousands in Riyadh

South Korean breakdancers perform in front of a packed audience in Riyadh on Sunday. (AN photo)
Updated 16 October 2018
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South Korean breakdancers excite thousands in Riyadh

  • A group of girls also performed traditional and folk dances amid the cheers of a jam-packed audience at the local King Fahd Culture Center
  • The event was organized by the Seoul-based Korea-Arab Society in collaboration with the Kingdom’s General Culture Authority (GCA) and the local Korean embassy

RIYADH: South Korean breakdancers B-boys set the stage alight in Riyadh on Sunday night with their tough high-energy moves and grooves, offering thousands of people a number of strands including dance, rapping, and graffiti.

A group of girls also performed traditional and folk dances amid the cheers of a jam-packed audience at the local King Fahd Culture Center. 

“The event was organized by the Seoul-based Korea-Arab Society in collaboration with the Kingdom’s General Culture Authority (GCA) and the local Korean embassy,” said Korean Ambassador Jo Byung-Wook. The GCA, an apex cultural body of the Saudi government, seeks to enhance cultural understanding by extending bridges and opening channels of communication regionally and globally, contributing to the development of a vibrant society, in line with Saudi Vision 2030. 

Ambassador Jo, who received a large number of congratulatory messages from Saudi officials and diplomats, said: “The visual extravaganza was well received and cheered by young Saudis at the KFCC auditorium. I am happy that South Korea is contributing to the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030, which seeks to create a vibrant society in the Kingdom.” 

The envoy said: “The cultural caravan comes to Riyadh this year with more than 30 Korean artists.” The event was attended by a large number of Saudi officials and foreign diplomats. Prominent among them were Khaled Alsaqer, the GCA’s vice president of international affairs, and Kim Jin Soo, secretary-general of Korean-Arab Society. On the sidelines of the cultural event, Korean cuisine and products were displayed and distributed among the guests as well as among the audience. 

Referring to the success of this grand cultural event, Jo said: “These kinds of cultural interactions will go a long way in promoting bilateral relations. The highlight of the evening was the performance by B-boys, who spinned on their heads, twisted their bodies like pretzels and flipped effortlessly through the air,” said Jin Soo, while referring to the event as a way to promote the country’s dynamic image. 

He said the traditional Korean dance Gugak, which has been continuously staged over generations, traces the history and culture of Korea. The Korean troupe also performed “Samdo Seoljanggu” and “Janggu,” which featured slow to fast rhythms and showed both harmonization and individualism. This 11th “Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan,” which took place in Riyadh on Sunday night, will stage a similar program in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait on Oct. 17 and 20 respectively.


Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

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Saudi space chief visits Moscow mission control center

MOSCOW: The chairman of the Saudi Space Commission on Saturday visited the Moscow headquarters of Russia’s mission control center.
Prince Sultan bin Salman was received by the center’s supervisor, who briefed him on the center’s work and programs, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
They discussed establishing scientific and research cooperation in the areas of space and aeronautics, and the International Space Station.
Prince Sultan also visited the General Corporation for Heavy Space Industries, which is responsible for manufacturing spacecraft and developing technology. It produces most parts of the International Space Station.
He said his visit was in line with directives from King Salman to ensure close cooperation with Russia in the space sector and joint investments.
The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) was working at a “rapid pace” to complete an ambitious national strategy, he said, and the Kingdom was one of the region’s first countries to explore the future of space more than 34 years ago.
He added that programs were being prepared in partnership with Russian space institutions and agencies to train Saudi astronauts and to expand in space and satellite industries.
The prince said the commission was keen to invest in training Saudi talent through specialized programs and educational scholarships abroad.
Earlier this week, he visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos for a working session alongside its director-general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
“Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence,” SPA reported Rogozin as saying.
Last month, Saudi Arabia and 10 other countries signed the first pan-Arab agreement on coordinating national exploration programs at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, said that the group’s first project would be a satellite system to be built in the UAE.
The agreement is unprecedented for the nations involved, whose levels of technical expertise vary. The first aim of the agreement will be to bring them all up to an equal level of capability.