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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-10-25 12:00:00 KST

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And now it's time for our arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. Today she'll tell us about two special events in Seoul.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, this year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and two countries -- New Zealand and Iran.
On Wednesday, New Zealand commemorated the occasion with a performance and other events. Take a look.

A Maori group from New Zealand shared their music and dance traditions through a performance in Myeong-dong on Wednesday as part of a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and New Zealand.
New Zealand Ambassador Patrick Rata gave the keynote speech at the event, saying how delighted he was to celebrate the friendship between the two countries.

[Interview : Patrick Rata, New Zealand Ambassador] "We had a wonderful occasion here today with the Maori cultural group performing. It's been an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of friendship between Korea and New Zealand. It's been an opportunity to bring a little bit of New Zealand culture to Korea and it's been an opportunity to showcase some real talent that we have in New Zealand."

The performers, part of New Zealand's Te Arawa Maori Group, are from Rotorua, a city on the country's north island that is situated on a lake and popular with tourists.
The 14-member group presented the Kapa Haka, a traditional Maori performance that mixes a variety of song and dance styles.
Kapa Haka, which means to stand in a row and dance, usually starts with the Waiata Tira, a song used to warm up the vocal cords, and includes "Waiata-a-ringa," a song illustrated with graceful hand movements, and "Pou," songs sung in unison that tell stories from the Maori people's history.
A performer from the group explained the dance's significance in Maori culture.

[Interview : Performer with the Te Arawa Maori Group] "These songs and dances have been passed down from generation to generation to share with audiences like yourselves. The dance is the way showing our culture to the world, sharing the love of the Maori people."

After the performance, members of the audience were invited to interact with the artists, who offered a short workshop on Maori song and dance styles.
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