A demonstration performance of synchronized swimming "February in Yearning" was given at the Changgwang Health Complex on Friday on the occasion of the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il (the Day of the Shining Star). The performers presented such colorful numbers as group synchronized swimming "February Is Beautiful", single synchronized swimming "Charm", children's group synchronized swimming "Where Are You from". The performers represented the profound reverence of the army and people of the DPRK for Generalissimo Kim Jong Il, symbol of the great Paektusan nation through graceful rhythms and a variety of formation change. The performance showed well the stirring reality of the country advancing toward the eminence of a thriving country while performing miracles and feats in the efforts to build an economic power and improve the standard of people's living under the leadership of the great party. It also vividly showed the development made in the synchronized swimming of the country. Among the spectators were Kim Ki Nam, secretary of the C.C., the Workers' Party of Korea, officials concerned, persons of meritorious services and people in the city. Present there on invitation were delegations of overseas compatriots and other overseas Koreans, the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front and foreign guests.
They also hosted an international figure skating festival for the same purpose.
The 22nd Paektusan Prize International Figure Skating Festival opened Friday with due ceremony at the Ice Rink here to mark the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il. Present at the ceremony were Yang Hyong Sop, Ro Tu Chol and officials concerned, sportspersons and other people, the delegation of Koreans in Japan and other delegations of overseas Koreans, overseas compatriots, the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front and foreign guests. DPRK's figure skaters and those from Russia, Ukraine, Estonia and Canada entered the ice rink. Ri Jong Mu, minister of Physical Culture and Sports, in his opening address that the festival has been held with splendor as a significant one reflecting the boundless reverence of all people for Kim Jong Il, who made a great contribution to the revolutionary cause of Juche and the human cause of independence. He expressed belief that the festival would greatly encourage the army and the people of the DPRK in dynamically speeding up the grand onward march in the new century of Juche under the leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un. The flag of the festival was hoisted and demonstration performances of figure skaters of the DPRK and other countries were staged.
Both these videos are probably some of the creepiest I have ever seen. Not the performances themselves, but if you focus on the audience you will see what I mean. Not one smile, no enjoyment, no movement. In fact they look like those cardboard cutouts of people that commercials use so they don't have to hire hundreds of extras. I sat next to one on a commercial shoot once.
And here's one from some of the many celebrations held today- note the heil hitler-esque kids.
It's all so sad, and yet there are foreigners who actually praise the North Korean government.