I would like to warmly congratulate the Korean Broadcasting System for hosting the ASEAN-Korea Music Festival ‘ROUND 2020’. I am en-couraged that more than 20 of our most talented musicians across various genres from ASEAN Member States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are featured in this event.
ASEAN is home to millions of fans of K-pop music, which contribut-ed to the global phenomenon of the Korean Wave, or Hallyu, in pop culture, entertainment, music, TV dramas and movies. As we strive towards a ‘two-way’ ASEAN-Korean Wave, the inaugural convening of this festival allows us to showcase some of our finest talents and advance this initiative. The event also highlights our steadfast commitment to strengthening socio-cultural exchanges and people-to-people connectivity between ASEAN and the ROK.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope that this virtual event will lift the spirits of our peoples through music. This festival also demonstrates our shared priority to continue supporting the creative and cultural industries in ASEAN and the ROK amidst these challenging times.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Government of the ROK for their continued support towards ASEAN community-building efforts, particularly through the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund. I would also like to thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the ROK and ASEAN Member States for organising this meaningful event.
I wish the ASEAN-Korea Music Festival ‘ROUND 2020’ a great success.