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'Russian Seasons' cultural project comes to Seoul Updated: 2021-11-25 12:06:25 KST

The "Russian Seasons" a cultural project that bridges Russia with other countries, is in South Korea this year.
That follows the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties last year, and the designation of 2020 and 2021 as special years of cultural exchange.

"Cultural exchange further promotes exchanges of human resources. We've seen that happen after 'Russian Seasons' in Italy and Germany. It is important to learn more about each other's culture and I hope we can have more interaction after the project is over."

One of the most significant cultural events held recently was the installation of iconic Russian writer Leo Tolstoy's bust at the Literature House Seoul.
Among the participants was Vladimir Tolstoy the great-great-grandson of Leo Tolstoy and the cultural advisor to President Putin.
He stressed how significant it was to have the bust in South Korea, as well as having a South Korean company support Russian literature.

"Russia's most-prestigious literary awards are the Tolstoy awards. They give prizes to writers who wrote the best literary work in Russia and the best work translated into Russian. For twenty years, Samsung Electronics has been helping us continue these awards. I am glad to see the awards and an event like this is being held in recognition of Leo Tolstoy."

Renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, who is known to sometimes use a toothpick as a baton when leading an orchestra, also visited Seoul to hold a concert on Wednesday with the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble.
It is the first time for the ensemble to perform in South Korea.
During the press conference the conductor underlined that such cultural interactions are a way of fermenting diplomatic ties.

"Cultural exchanges transcend political issues. Successfully continuing cultural exchanges plays a great part in maintaining the favorable relationship between countries."

As Russia and South Korea start their fourth decade of diplomatic ties, cultural events are expected to play a key role in boosting that relationship.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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