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Tags:   North Korea 조선민주주의인민공화국 DPRK Socialism Communism Demokratische Volksrepublik République populaire démocratique de Corée RPDC Корейская Народно-Демократическая Республика 朝鮮民主主義人民共和国 Kim Il-sung Jong-il Rason 라선 Special Economic Zone 라진선봉 경제특구 Sonbong 선봉군 textiles factory clothing manufacturing North Korean photography Ray Cunningham North Korean Photography Special Economic Zone Corea del Norte Корейская Народно-Демократическая Республика Koreai Népi Demokratikus Köztársaság

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Tags:   North Korea 조선민주주의인민공화국 DPRK Socialism Communism Demokratische Volksrepublik République populaire démocratique de Corée RPDC Корейская Народно-Демократическая Республика 朝鮮民主主義人民共和国 Kim Il-sung Jong-il Rason 라선 Special Economic Zone 라진선봉 경제특구 Sonbong 선봉군 textiles factory clothing manufacturing North Korean photography Ray Cunningham North Korean Photography Special Economic Zone Corea del Norte Корейская Народно-Демократическая Республика Koreai Népi Demokratikus Köztársaság

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To quote the Guardian: "Roll up! Roll up! It's show time in the twilight zone that is North Korea. Take your seats for one of the greatest, strangest, most awe-inspiring political spectacles on earth. Forget the nukes, forget the poverty, forget the reclusive reputation; this country is going to entertain you like you have never been entertained before. All welcome - even American imperialists and journalists.

In what may prompt the biggest influx of foreigners in North Korea's history, its "Great Leader", Kim Jong-il, is inviting the outside world to a party: the Arirang mass gymnastic display. The impoverished country has not only opened its doors to the event, which runs until mid-October, it is subsidising visitors to come through. Its ageing fleet of Tupolevs is offering several free flights from Beijing. Diplomats around the world have been selling tickets. Hotels in Pyongyang have never been so full.

Yet North Korea is pathologically suspicious of outsiders. In this country of 23 million people, there are only 300 foreign residents. Normally, there are so few visiting tourists and business people that overseas consular and Koryo airline offices are empty. Arirang, however, is part of a propaganda offensive on a scale that would make a big-spending Hollywood mogul envious. The stage is the 150,000-capacity May Day stadium in Pyongyang, and the cast is 100,000 strong. The performance is a technicolour mix of entertainment: a floorshow by 1,000 dancers; a military tattoo; a martial arts display; hordes of waving, smiling children; an aerial ballet by dancers on bungee ropes.

The most breathtaking element of Arirang is the backdrop - a giant human mosaic that forms elaborate panoramas of megacities, slogans and cartoons. More than 30,000 children form a flip-card unit working so quickly that some pictures appear to be animated."

Tags:   Arirang Rungrado May Day Stadium Rungrado May Day Stadium DPRK Mass Games Pyongyang North Korea PRK

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To quote the Guardian: "Roll up! Roll up! It's show time in the twilight zone that is North Korea. Take your seats for one of the greatest, strangest, most awe-inspiring political spectacles on earth. Forget the nukes, forget the poverty, forget the reclusive reputation; this country is going to entertain you like you have never been entertained before. All welcome - even American imperialists and journalists.

In what may prompt the biggest influx of foreigners in North Korea's history, its "Great Leader", Kim Jong-il, is inviting the outside world to a party: the Arirang mass gymnastic display. The impoverished country has not only opened its doors to the event, which runs until mid-October, it is subsidising visitors to come through. Its ageing fleet of Tupolevs is offering several free flights from Beijing. Diplomats around the world have been selling tickets. Hotels in Pyongyang have never been so full.

Yet North Korea is pathologically suspicious of outsiders. In this country of 23 million people, there are only 300 foreign residents. Normally, there are so few visiting tourists and business people that overseas consular and Koryo airline offices are empty. Arirang, however, is part of a propaganda offensive on a scale that would make a big-spending Hollywood mogul envious. The stage is the 150,000-capacity May Day stadium in Pyongyang, and the cast is 100,000 strong. The performance is a technicolour mix of entertainment: a floorshow by 1,000 dancers; a military tattoo; a martial arts display; hordes of waving, smiling children; an aerial ballet by dancers on bungee ropes.

The most breathtaking element of Arirang is the backdrop - a giant human mosaic that forms elaborate panoramas of megacities, slogans and cartoons. More than 30,000 children form a flip-card unit working so quickly that some pictures appear to be animated."

Tags:   Arirang Rungrado May Day Stadium Rungrado May Day Stadium DPRK Mass Games Pyongyang North Korea PRK

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Pyongyang, North Korea (August 2013)

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