Dancers from one of the state’s top Indigenous training colleges will travel to Korea to perform at an event celebrating NSW’s Sister-State relationship with Seoul.
Indigenous Dance Group from the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA), will open the Seoul Friendship Fair, which celebrates sister and friendship relationships of Seoul, which includes NSW.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government in January invited the Premier to send a local performance group to the fair, with NAISDA selected to represent the state.
Mr Baird said that the upcoming performance was a fitting way to celebrate NSW’s 25 year Sister-State relationship with Seoul.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Sister-State relationship than have talented indigenous dancers from our state to perform at the Seoul Friendship Fair,” Mr Baird said.
“These dancers are cultural ambassadors for their people and NSW. They will be taking our proud Indigenous culture internationally in the spirit of goodwill.
“Our relationship with Seoul and Korea is a vital one for NSW and cultural exchanges like this illustrate the friendship between our countries.”
More than half of Australia’s Korean-born residents live in NSW and Mr Baird visited Korea in May 2015 to strengthen relations and promote investment opportunities.
The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) came into effect on 12 December 2014, presenting great opportunities to increase two-way trade and investment between our countries.
Korea is NSW’s third largest market for exports, which are worth over $3.3 billion.