April Spring Friendship Art Festival Closes

Pyongyang, April 18 (KCNA) — The 23rd April Spring Friendship Art Festival which opened in Pyongyang on April 10 closed at the April 25 House of Culture Monday.

Present at the closing ceremony were foreign and overseas Korean artistes who participated in the festival and delegations and delegates of different countries that attended the 8th Aesthetic Symposium on the Present Times and National Art.

Also present were Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, and Jong Ha Chol, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Ryang Man Gil, chairman of the Pyongyang City People’s Committee, working people and artistes in the city.

Among the participants were diplomatic envoys and embassy officials of various countries here, foreign guests and overseas Koreans.

Group prizes went to the Chinese Hangzhou Song and Dance Troupe, the Russian State Academic Chorus Named after Sveshnikov, the Russian Kazakh Dance Company, the Mongolian art troupe, the art troupe of Koreans in Japan and the art troupe of Koreans in China while individual prizes went to 83 artistes, prizes for ensemble to 46 art works, production prizes to 7 artistes and prizes of merit to 9 artistes. Diplomas, gold and silver cups and statuettes and prize money were also awarded to the recipients of the prizes.

A letter of thanks to leader Kim Jong Il from the participants in the festival was adopted at the ceremony.

And a message of thanks to the participants from the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly was read out there.

Choe Ik Gyu, minister of Culture who is chairman of the festival organizing committee, in his closing address said that the festival was a grand international gathering of artistes, which helped boost the friendship and solidarity, the ties of cultural cooperation and solidarity among countries and promote social progress and peace.

Referring to the fact that all the participants in the festival expressed profound reverence for President Kim Il Sung and support and solidarity to the Korean people in their cause to build a rich and powerful country and bring earlier national independent reunification under the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il, he said that the DPRK would steadily develop the festival.

The ceremony was followed by a performance of foreign artistes.

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