N. Korea revives iconic mass games for 70th anniversary gala

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea is bringing back one of its most iconic art forms — mass games performed by tens of thousands of people working in precise unison — to mark its 70th anniversary this weekend.

The performance, which takes months if not years of intense preparation and training, is being called “Glorious Country” this year. It is literally the embodiment of socialist ideals — North Korea’s most ubiquitous slogan, seen in posters and beaming from neon signs from atop tall buildings is “Single-minded Unity.”

Pyongyang sees the performances, last held in 2013, as one of its most highly effective forms of propaganda, highlighting its social and political agenda both at home, where it will be televised repeatedly for months to come, and abroad.

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