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SGI-Korea's Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps performed at the 12th Gangneung International Junior Art Festival (IJAF) from July 26-29. The festival, which has been held annually since 2002, took place in the City of Gangneung in Gangwon Province at Gyeongpo Beach, where a stage was set up for the festival.
SGI-Korea members were among some 400 musicians and dancers from 10 countries including China, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain and Thailand who performed traditional music and folk dances from their countries with the aim of promoting intercultural understanding and fostering friendship.
The Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps, made up of members from the young women's group, took part for the tenth consecutive year and played more than 10 songs including "March Toward the 21st Century."
The local branch of the Federation of Artistic and Cultural Organizations is host of the IJAF, assisted by the Gangneung Culture and Arts Foundation. The festival is sponsored by Gangwon Province and Gangneung City in cooperation with KSGI, the local KBS TV station, Arts Council Korea and the Gangneung Danoje Festival Committee.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Korea (KSGI) and an article in the August 22, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of KSGI]
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