Posted by Thomas Crampton
North Korea, exaulted member of George W. Bush's axis of evil, just invited me to a festival, but I don't think I can make it.
I have, however, attended three previous Kim Jong Il birthday party.
Based on my experience, I can say that Pyongyang shows a declining level of party sense.
The first I attended was the snazzy party at the Hong Kong jockey club in 2002
The pretty fancy birthday party in 2003
And the distinctly downmarket event party in 2005 (terrible wine!)
For the record, I crashed the party each time. The North Korean government didn't seem to like publicity about their luxury birthday parties while people were starved back at home.
Below is the invite to the festival in North Korea which includes 100,000 people in a synchronized dance!!
INVITATION TO "ARIRANG PERFORMANCE"
The grand mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" which was premiered on August 16 is going on before full audience at the May Day Stadium with capacity of 150, 000 in Pyongyang. A stream of working people of all walks of life in the capital and other parts of the country as well as the tourists from the all over the world is coming to the stadium to appreciate the performance. The current "Arirang" which depicts the Korean history, fully reflects the eight beautiful sceneries with a flawless masterpiece for the combination of music, dances, gymnastics and acrobatics consistent with deep national emotions and high artistic skills, rhythmic background scenes, peculiar stage settings, electronic displays, laser lightings and other representation means and elements. About 100,000 people consist of world prize laureates, skilled artists, acrobats, youth, students and children are participating in the performance.
After appreciating the performance, people do not stint their praise, saying that it makes them feel national pride.
More than 800,000 of Korean people at home and abroad and foreigners have seen the performance since its premiere.
It will go on until 17th of October except Sundays. In addition to enjoy the performance you will be also able to visit the historical places arranged by the travel agencies in Korea.
The cost of the performance
Special seat 300 USD
First standard 150 USD
Second standard 100 USD
Third standard 50 USD
The cost of the accommodation and the lodgings for 1 day (inclusive of local transportation, guide fee, sightseeing fee)
1 person 150 Euro
2-5 people group 116 Euro
6-9 people group 68 Euro
over 10 people 55 Euro
The duration of stay (Optional)
2 nights and 3 days
3 nights and 4 days
If you are interested please don't hesitate to send us your personal data and visa will be issued within 3 days after your application. Please don't miss the rare chance.
The Consulate General of DPR Korea