Hi, I’m Do-Jong-Hwan, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry of Korea.
I send my sincere congratulation to the opening of 'K-Ballet World 2017' And I send my thanks to all the people who have been working hard for this event, including President Do-Jung-Im and the board members of Korea Ballet Association. And also all the dancers who will shine on stage.
The 'K-Ballet World 2017' celebrates its 10th year anniversary. And the event has been offering various performances and contributing a lot towards the growth of Ballet in Korea. Number of Ballet companies and dancers in and outside of Korea has been presenting the beauty of ballet on stage to the people in Korea.
This year, prestigious ballet companies around the world such as Mariinsky Ballet from St.Petersburg, Russia are coming to Korea. And for the finale, the new version of ballet 'Cheo-Yong' will be revealed in the memorial of Im-Sung-Nam, the first president of Korea National Ballet and the founding father of Ballet in Korea. 'Cheo-Yong' is a Korean born ballet that contains the spirits of Korea. It is also a choreography that shows the spirit of love in mankind. I hope all the audience will enjoy the ballet which contributed a lot on the growth of Korean born ballet.
As a secretary of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry of Korea, I promise that the ministry will the best to offer the environment where all the artists can unfold their artistic talents. We will make sure that the boundary and creation in artistic field will always be secured and protected. We will also do our best to create the environment where everyone can enjoy arts in their local areas and everyday lives.
I congratulate once again, for the opening of this festival and I hope everyone will have a wonderful time enjoying ballet.