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Performances of ASFAF Go on

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, April 16 (KCNA) -- Performances of the 24th April Spring Friendship Art Festival went on, drawing ever-increasing audiences. Performances of the ASFAF continued on Apr. 14, its third day, at the People's Palace of Culture, the Ponghwa Art Theatre, the Pyongyang Grand Theatre, the State Theatrical Theatre, the Central Youth Hall, the Pyongyang International Cinema House, the Central Workers' Hall, the Yun I Sang Concert Hall and the Pyongyang Circus Theatre, attracting artistes, working people, youths and students, foreign guests and overseas Koreans.
    Foreign artistes and overseas Korean artistes staged colorful numbers such as choruses, mixed choruses and other vocal and instrumental music, dances and acrobatics.
    The performers in their repertoires represented the firm faith and will to hold President Kim Il Sung in high esteem as the sun of Juche forever and loudly sing of the Day of the Sun for all ages.
    The programs put on stages convinced audiences that the desire of progressive humankind to fully enjoy an independent and creative life will surely come true and the flower garden of arts singing of the idea of independence, peace and friendship will continue to flourish thanks to leader Kim Jong Il, brilliant commander of Songun. Mongolian and Russian artistes and Korean artistes from Japan and China highly praised the undying exploits Kim Jong Il has performed by firmly defending the country's sovereignty and dignity of the nation and devoting himself to the prosperity of the country, the people's happiness and the struggle to accomplish the human cause of independence in their programs including mixed vocal quartet "Song of General Kim Jong Il," male solo "General, Here Is the Forefront," a symphony suite and "Song of Three Prides."
    Performers fully displayed high artistic talents and skills in various numbers such as mixed chorus "Let Us Sing and Dance on the Stage of Spring Festival" and a male solo "Songun Arirang." They were highly honored and proud of having the chances to present the successes made in the development of arts.
    Foreign artistes impressively depicted their ardent love for their countries, national emotion, their people's noble spiritual world, optimistic life and diligent labor through lyric melodies and beautiful dances.
    Foreign artistes put on the stages "Aria of Lyudmila" from the opera "Ruslan and Lyudmila", an aria from the opera of Rossini "The Barber of Seville", "You Won't Go" from the opera "The Marriage of Figaro" composed by Mozart, "Live with Songs and Love" from the opera "Tosca" by Puccini and others in which they successfully represented the features of classical music with high artistry and skills for delicate expression.
    Working people presented bouquets to the performers on their successful performances. Separate performances were given by the Chinese art troupe, the Moscow State Academia Symphony Orchestra and the art troupe of the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Russia, the Mongolian art troupe, the dancing troupe of the Kiev Dancing Theatre of Ukraine, the Darmstadt Chorus of Germany and the art troupes of Korean artistes from Japan, China and America and circus performances presented by foreign acrobatic troupes on April 13 and 14.

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