After a five-year hiatus, last year saw the triumphant return of the DPRK’s Mass Games — the world’s largest coordinated mass gymnastics event and a spectacle like no other on earth. The revival of the event proved hugely popular, with tours to North Korea fully booked for the duration of the new incarnation of the Games.
In what is undoubtedly huge news for both the DPRK and to companies operating tours there, it has been announced that the Mass Games will again return in 2019! Previously called the Arirang Mass Games until their indefinite hiatus from 2013, last year’s revival was entitled ‘Glorious Fatherland’, and conveyed a message much more focused on amity and reconciliation than previous militaristic incarnations.
The Mass Games are likely to once again be held in Pyongyang’s world-famous May Day stadium — the biggest, by capacity, in the world. Though exact dates have not yet been announced, it is expected that the Mass Games will follow a schedule similar to last year’s, with the bulk of showings likely to be in September. Last year saw a number of performances take place in August and October, and it is quite possible that the DPRK will follow suit this year.
Last year’s ‘Glorious Fatherland’ Mass Games were an unmitigated success, and featured, for the first time in the Games’ history, the addition of drones, which wowed audiences with their precisely choreographed overhead routines. The drones did not detract from the more traditional aspects of the Games, however; hundreds of thousands of performers bedazzled spectators, their feats of gymnastics and synchronised dancing performed with such military precision as to rival the drones overhead.
All of the tours that we expect to feature the Games are now open for booking, and we expect demand to be very high — book as soon as possible in order to ensure your place at the world’s most spectacular Mass Gymnastics extravaganza!
Tours likely to feature the Mass Games:
For more information about the history of the Mass Games check out this link.