Pyongyang, March 18 (KCNA) — The First National Sketch Festival celebrating February 16 took place from Feb. 3 to Mar. 17.
At the festival sketches “Calling at field of bumper harvest”, “Personally watching a sketch album of a soldier”, “Infusing confidence and optimism about tomorrow,” “In the days when the beacon of revolution in literature and art set alight”, “Iron fist”, “Loot” and “Winter” gained public favor and were listed as national treasures and more than 50 sketches won prizes.
Minister of Culture Kim Jin Song in a closing address referred to the successful festival, the first of its kind in the DPRK, and called on all artists and art fans to give fuller play to their creative enthusiasm and talents that were displayed at the festival and create many famous sketches in the Songun era reflecting the personality of the three generals of Mt. Paektu as peerlessly great persons and their immortal feats as well as the revolutionary and militant life and fighting features of the Korean army and people.
Certificates proving the state possession of art works were awarded to artists at the Mansudae Art Studio and teachers of Pyongyang University of Fine Arts who presented works worthy of national treasure and festival prizes, certificates of merit, medals and prize-winning certificates went to organizations, creators, university students and sketch fans who presented works of ideological and artistic value.
More than 200,000 people visited the festival.
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