In every balmy spring when all flowers come into full bloom, Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea hosts the April Spring Friendship Art Festival, drawing great expectations and interests of artistes, cultural workers and other people in different countries of the world.
The April Spring Friendship Art Festival is an internationally recognized grand art festival which takes place every 2 years with the purpose to promote friendship, solidarity, exchange and cooperation among cultural workers and artistes of different countries under the ideals of independence, peace and friendship.
The April Spring Friendship Art Festival has marked its 31 annual rings since April 1982 when it drew up its first curtain on the occasion of the 70th birth anniversary of the great leader Kim Il Sung. In its whole history the festival was participated by 1,961 organizations from 1,148 countries in the 5 continents of the world – 18,717 cultural workers and artistes in all, including the international prize winners and other famous artistes of the world, and overseas Korean artistes.
In particular, the April Spring Friendship Art Festival is given higher reputation by the presence of the following world-class big art troupes; famous ensembles, musical groups and circuses, and renowned singers and musicians: Moscow State Academic Philharmonia of Russia; Russian Alexandrov Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble; Russian State Academic Folk Dance Company of Igor Alexandrovich Moiseyev; Song and Dance Troupe of General Politburo of Chinese People’s Liberation Army; China Oriental Performing Art Limited Company; Young German Orchestra; Mongolian Army Song and Dance Ensemble; Choir “Sons of Jubal” of USA; Flamenco Band of Spain; Female Trio “Appasionante” of Italy; Chamber Orchestra Alberic Magnard of France; Vienna Wind Players of Austria; Musical Group “Casting Crowns” of USA; Circus of State Acrobatic Company of Russia; Circus of Egypt; Ms. Larisa Dolina Alexandrovna, famous star of Russia, member of the Presidential Committee of Culture and Art, and People’s Actress of Russia; Ms. Zuikina Lyudmila Georgiyevna, chairperson of Russian Academy of National Culture, and former director of Folk Musical Group; Cellist Suleiman Alexander Omar, Kreuzen Concert of Germany; and other international prize winners from Finland, Australia, Bulgaria, Armenia, New Zealand and Moscow State Opera Theater.
For its size, form, artistic quality and traction, more and more highly reputed art troupes and artistes in the 5 continents of the world are expressing their hope to participate in the April Spring Friendship Art Festival.
The April Friendship Art Festival, which promotes friendship, solidarity, exchange and cooperation among cultural workers and artistes of the world, will last for all ages along with the Day of the Sun, sounding the emotional songs of boundless respect and fervent reverence of humanity for the great leaders who performed undying exploits for global independence.
The great leader comrade Kim Il Sung with artistes from different parts of the world who visited DPRK on the occasion of the 70th birth anniversary of the great leader
The great leader comrade Kim Il Sung meets artistes from different parts of the world who participated in the April Spring Friendship Art Festival
The great leader comrade Kim Il Sung returns a salute to the Korean artistes from abroad
The great leader Kim Jong Il meets art troupe of Koreans in Japan
The respect Kim Jong Un enjoys the performance of the Orchestra 21st Century of Russia
The respect supreme leader comrade Kim Jong Un enjoyed the performance of the Chinese National Ballet
The respect supreme leader comrade Kim Jong Un had a souvenir picture taken with the members of the Chinese art troupe