Samputu in Korea for global cultural event


Kora award winner and peace activist, Jean Paul Samputu is among the lucky people who were selected to grace ‘Better Together’-a three-day international cultural event in Korea.

Under the theme “Designing a Culture of Empathy, Culture of Peace,” the event will run from November 10-12 in North Chungcheong Province.

The event has attracted cultural activists, artists and experts from over 50 countries including the U.S, Yemen, Japan, Rwanda and France, among others.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss global issues with eight renowned figures, including the director Emmanuel Benbihy, who launched the Cities of Love franchise including Paris, je t’aime and New York, I Love You, as well as Ping Ping Worakate, the founder of the World Peace Initiative Foundation in Thailand.

Participants listen during last year’s Korea Culture Designer Awards at Seoul Station. Courtesy.

Samputu, a renowned Rwandan humanitarian musician, and a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, was selected to be part of the 500 people from various fields to share how they have utilised their talents to improve the global community.

He will deliver a speech on the topic “I see myself in the person I cannot forgive.”

The event is being organised by World Culture Open (WCO), an international network of global activists, and is funded by North Chungcheong Province and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

According to officials from WCO, guests chosen to participate in the event are those proven to have looked beyond the existing social stereotypes and paid attention to their surroundings, thereby facilitating meaningful changes.

Participants are expected to get a taste of Cheongju’s regional cuisine, as well as performances from various artistes.

The event will also feature concerts, lectures, exhibitions, workshops and discussions.