Preview: Jeremy Hunter talks about North Korea

The Borders Group of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society will welcome their final speaker of the season at Galashiels this month.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 9:54 am
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 10:02 am
Mass Celebrations, Pyongyang, North Korea 2011. The Log-Cabin in which North Koreans believe that Kim Jong-Il was born. � Jeremy Hunter 2011

Jeremy Hunter is a prolific photojournalist and travel photographer whose resume includes a decade of producing television commercials and producing a current affairs programme in Iran.

Having gained his creative experience in television commercials, Jeremy wanted to move over to a more journalistic field.

His current talk is titled North Korea Exposed: Daily Life in the Hermit Kingdom; a lecture which will illustrate the Arirang, an epic propagandist spectacle celebrating the lives of Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il and the Workers Party of Korea. Jeremy will explain the cultural and political significance of this socio-realist festival.

Jeremy said, “Korea is the world’s most isolated nation, probably the most brutal, certainly the most secretive. And so as part of my on-going archive of work cataloguing the world’s festivals, rituals and celebrations, “Let’s Celebrate 365”, I wanted to attend Arirang, a socio-realist spectacular utilising 150,000 performers.”

Let’s Celebrate 365 is a colourful tapestry of the celebrations of world cultures.

Jeremy Hunter will present his lecture, North Korea Exposed, at Heriot Watt University, Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels on Tuesday March 29 at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 for adults, free for RSGS members, students and U18s.