The Mass Games, North Korea
The Mass Games, or Arirang Festival, is a massive performance featuring tens of thousands of dancers, gymnasts, athletes and musicians that is staged as a celebration of patriotism and the socialist ideal.
It is held at the Rungnado May First Stadium, or May Day Stadium, in Pyongyang (the largest stadium in the world holding up to 150, 000 people) each year for 6 weeks, usually from July through to September. Performances take place four nights per week, start at 7pm and last for about an hour and a half. It is the North Korean equivalent of the World Cup, the Superbowl, the Royal Tournament and the BAFTA’s all rolled into one.
With around 100,000 dancers and performers working together in synchronized exactness, the Mass Games embodies the belief, inculcated as crucial to North Korea’s survival, that the individual must completely immerse their personal desires into the collective will of the nation.