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Students Hold Lunar New Year’s Concert

DPRK central leadership attend schoolchildren's Lunar New Year's concert at Mangyo'ngdae Schoolchildren's Palace on 10 February 2013.  In this image (L-R) are Kang Sok Ju; Yang Hyong Sop; Choe Tae Bok; Choe Yong Rim; Kim Yong Nam; Kim Ki Nam; VMar Kim Yong Chun; VMar Ri Yong Mu (Photo: KCTV screengrab)

DPRK central leadership attend schoolchildren’s Lunar New Year’s concert at Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace on 10 February 2013. In this image (L-R) are Kang Sok Ju; Yang Hyong Sop; Choe Tae Bok; Choe Yong Rim; Kim Yong Nam; Kim Ki Nam; VMar Kim Yong Chun; VMar Ri Yong Mu (Photo: KCTV screengrab)

10 February 2013 Lunar New Year's concert including a musical number including costumed character that anthropomorphizes the U'nha-3 rocket (Photos: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

10 February 2013 Lunar New Year’s concert including a musical number including costumed character that anthropomorphizes the U’nha-3 rocket (Photos: KCNA/KCTV screengrab)

DPRK state media reported on 11 February (Monday) that the schoolchildren gave a Lunar New Year concert at Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace on Sunday.  Attending the performance from the central leadership were Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam, DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim, Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretaries Kim Ki Nam and Choe Tae Bok, NDC Vice Chairmen VMar Kim Yong Chun and Ri Yong Mu, SPA Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop,  DPRK Cabinet Vice Premier Kang Sok Ju along with “officials of party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, servicepersons of the Korean People’s Army and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, literature and arts, public health and media, persons of merits and Pyongyangites and “present there on invitation were the chief of the Pyongyang Mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front, overseas Koreans, and diplomatic envoys of different countries, representatives of international organizations and members of the military attaches corps here and their wives.”  According to KCNA, Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department, VMar Choe Ryong Hae, attended the performance, but was not observed in photographs or film footage of the performance.

Scenes (L, R) from a 10 February 2013 Lunar New Year's performance by Pyongyang schoolchildren and invited foreign audience members (C) (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

Scenes (L, R) from a 10 February 2013 Lunar New Year’s performance by Pyongyang schoolchildren and invited foreign audience members (C) (Photos: KCTV screengrabs)

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Performances which were part of a Lunar New Year’s concert held at Mangyo’ngdae Schoolchildren’s Palace in western Pyongyang on 10 February 2013 (Photos: KCNA)

The schoolchildren began their performance “with prologue “We Make Lunar New Year’s Bow to Marshal Kim Jong Un.”  They also performed “New Year’s Performance in Star Country,” “trio and chorus ‘We Are Happy under Care of Marshal Kim Il Sung,'” “duet and chorus ‘Let Us Sing Louder Song of General Kim Jong Il,'” “small chorus of immortal classic masterpiece ‘We Will Carry Forward the March That Started on Mt. Paektu,'” “piano and chorus ‘Let’s Learn for Thriving Korea,'” “Thank You Marshal Kim Jong Un,” “music and dance of Korean schoolchildren in Japan ‘Our country led by Marshal is best'” and “national instrumental music and song ‘Flower Gate of Happiness.'” According to KCNA, the “performers highly praised the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il as eternal sun who devoted their all to the rising generation, calling children as the king of the country” and “vividly depicted the bright appearance of schoolchildren growing up to be kid doctors, talents and soldiers under the blue sky of the country.”

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