31st April Spring Friendship Art Festival 2018 (ASFAF)

Application to Attend Performances and Official Events 

April 10th 2018 – April 18th 2018 (Fly in Train out)

9 Days / 8 Nights

from 1,890 Euro

(See below for other options including 10 Days / 9 Nights with departure on the 19th by flight or train)

Beijing | Pyongyang | Kaesong | Panmunjom | Myohyangsan | Nampho | Sinuiju | Dandong | Beijing

Exclusive: Hosted by the DPRK Ministry of Culture, the April Spring Festival Art Festival Fund and Paektu Cultural Exchange (Canada)


Awards are given out at the 2016 April Spring Friendship Art Festival (ASFAF) Closing Ceremonies, East Pyongyang Grand Theater, Pyongyang, DPRK. Photo: Michael Spavor


Note:

  • This is trip is hosted by the DPRK Ministry of Culture and guests will receive official visas, not tourist visas.
  • This is an exclusive program only offered to Paektu Cultural Exchange staff and their guests, all are welcome.
  • Journalists are not permitted to attend this program.
  • Deadline to apply is March 15th 2018 (spaces are limited)

Opening Ceremonies and welcoming parade with performers and local children at the 2016 April Spring Friendship Art Festival (ASFAF) East Pyongyang Grand Theater, Pyongyang, DPRK. Photo: Michael Spavor


Overview

Paektu Cultural Exchange is pleased to announce an exclusive delegation to attend the 31st April Spring Friendship Art Festival to be held in Pyongyang, North Korea from April 10th to 19th 2018. This festival has been held since 1982 and is designed to promote independence, peace, and friendship through various art performances and exchanges. Our delegation will have the opportunity to attend various performances during this 10-day event and also take part in the other official events surrounding the festival. We will attend and witness the “Day of the Sun” official events celebrating the 106th-anniversary of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung, attend the Mass Dance, visit the Kimilsungilia Flower Festival, visit the DPRK’s premier music university, art galleries & studios, as well as participate in ‘hands-on’ cultural exchange activities with local musicians, artists and performers. This trip will include visits around the country including Pyongyang, the DMZ, Panmunjom, Nampho (West Sea), Myohyang Mountain and others. Further details will be provided after registration.


Our 2016 Paektu Cultural Exchange delegation for the April Spring Friendship Art Festival (ASFAF) Pyongyang, DPRK. Photo: KCNA


Highlights

✪  Attend and participate in the 31st April Spring Friendship Art Festival (ASFAF) as guests of the DPRK Ministry of Culture & the ASFAF Fund.

✪  Attend both Official Opening and Closing ceremonies of the ASFAF with DPRK VIP’s, diplomats and government officials, as well as various performances from international and North Korean Performers.

✪  Attend the 106th-anniversary “Day of the Sun” celebrations of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung on April 15th. Normally official concert and ceremonies are held on this day. In 2016 there was a special private celebration concert which was held next to the Taedong River followed by fireworks and an after party.

✪ Visit top tourist sites and locations around the country including Pyongyang, the DMZ, Panmunjom, Nampho (East Sea), Myohyang Mountain and others.

✪ Mansudae Grand Monument – 22-meter tall statues of Leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il & Kumsusan Palace of the Sun

✪  Shopping at the Gwangbok Department Store & Business center

✪  Take part in a hands-on cooking class where we make Korean cuisine with top Korean chefs

✪  Drive to Kaesong and visit Panmunjom, the Joint Security Area located within the DMZ and the Sinchon to visit the Museum of American War Atrocities


Performance from previous April Spring Friendship Art Festival.

Posters advertising the 1st April Spring Friendship Art Festival in 1982.


Itinerary

 

Day 0

 

Monday,

April 9th

✪ 2 pm Submit passport for Visa Processing
✪ 2:15 pm April Spring Friendship Art Festival overview and pre-departure briefing in Beijing. Location and map will be provided after registration.
✪ 7 pm Join us for a casual dinner and drinks in the evening.
Note: Hotel and meals are only covered in the DPRK, NOT in Beijing on Monday, April 9th, 2018.  Contact us and we can book or recommend a suitable & convenient hotel for you in Beijing. 
 

Day 1

 

Tuesday,

April 10th

✪ 10:00 am Meet us at Beijing Airport (PEK, Capital Airport 2) Air Koryo Check-in desk
✪ Receive visas, flight tickets, and check-in
✪  Beijing  to Pyongyang (FNJ) | DEP: 12:00 pm – ARR: 2:30 pm | Air Koryo JS152
✪ Welcoming dinner reception with our DPRK partners and hosting organizations- Overnight: Koryo Hotel and or other top class hotels
 

Days 2-8

 

Wednesday,

April 11th to 

Tuesday, April 17th  

✪ Full Days of activities: Please refer to the highlights section above for more details.

✪ April 11th: Official Opening Ceremonies and parade

✪ April 15th: Attend the 106th-anniversary “Day of the Sun” celebrations of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung on April 15th. Normally official concert and ceremonies are held on this day.

✪ Attend concerts and performances throughout the 10-day program.

✪ Travel around the country visiting Pyongyang, the DMZ, Panmunjom, Nampho (East Sea), Myohyang Mountain and others.

✪ April 17th: Official Closing Ceremonies

Note: The official schedule of events, activities, concerts, tour program for the 2018 AFSAF have not been announced yet, the official itinerary will be announced when we arrive in Pyongyang. This is normal for official events and performances. As in 2016, we visited major tourist sites attended official performances and ceremonies and met and socialized with many international and Korean performers in the evenings.

 

Day 9

 

Wednesday,

April 18th

✪ Full Day of activities


Option: Those wanting to return to Beijing early on April 19th and experience traveling by train in the DPRK can Depart Wednesday morning by train. Departure by Train: 10:10 am Pyongyang Station | International Train K28 – Arrival 8:30 am at Beijing Station on September 19th)

 

Day 10

 

Thursday,

April 19th

✪ Departure by Train: 10:10 am Pyongyang Station | International Train K28 –

✪ Take a look around Pyongyang Station

- Depart at 10:10am (K28) from Pyongyang Station to Sinuiju/Dandong

✪ Enjoy the views of the DPRK countryside from your train car or sit in the restaurant car sharing food and drinks with locals

✪ Korean style on lunch on the train

- Arrive in Sinuiju at 5pm

✪ Arrival 8:30 am at Beijing Station on September 20th (Note: Overnight on train and arrive following morning)


Optional: Those wanting to return to Beijing by plane can Flight out Pyongyang (FNJ) to Beijing (PEK, Capital Airport 2) | DEP: 10:05am – ARR: 11:35am | Air Koryo JS251

End of Program


Fireworks from the April 15th celebrations during the April Spring Friendship Art Festival.


Costs: 

9 Days / 8 Nights | April 10th 2018 – April 18th 2018 (Fly in Train out)

Note: Not outgoing flights from Pyongyang to Beijing on April 18th

Beijing |Pyongyang | Kaesong | Panmunjom | Myohyangsan | Nampho | Sinuiju | Dandong | Beijing

Cost: 1,890 Euro


10 Days / 9 Nights | April 10th 2018 – April 19th 2018 (Fly in Train out)

Beijing |Pyongyang | Kaesong | Panmunjom | Myohyangsan | Nampho | Sinuiju | Dandong | Beijing

Cost: 1,990 Euro


10 Days / 9 Nights | April 10th 2018 – April 19th 2018 (Fly in Fly out)

Beijing |Pyongyang | Kaesong | Panmunjom | Myohyangsan | Beijing

Cost: 2,090 Euro


Deposit: 415 Euro to reserve your place (remaining balance must be paid prior to departure) Payment can be made by bank transfer to a Chinese account. Credit cards are also accepted for a 5% processing fee.

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2018 (spaces are limited)

Note: Late application possible but call us to see if possible, Addition +100 Euro Processing fee after deadline)


Children welcoming the international performers and guests to the April Spring Friendship Art Festival’s opening ceremonies.


Included
✪   All meals (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; meals include water and beer, except on train)
✪ International Transportation as per program: China -> DPRK -> China (see transportation options flights and trains are available)

✪  Transportation within the DPRK during the program
✪   Accommodation in the DPRK (standard room, double occupancy)
✪   Smiles, jokes, anecdotes, basic DPR Korean language skills and some fun and interesting stories to go along with each day’s activities

Not Included
✪ Official DPRK visa fee (200-400 RMB depending on nationality) – Note: this is NOT a tourist visa
✪   Chinese double-entry visa or Beijing Six Day (144 Hour) Free Visa – Note: For more information, contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. Some nationalities (e.g. Canadians) may qualify for the new Free Beijing six-day Visa when flying in and out of Pyongyang and the new Free 24-hour Dandong Visa. RE: VISA INFORMATION
✪   Meal on train
✪   Additional snacks, liquor and alcohol (e.g. ~0.5–2 Euro per beer)
✪   Souvenirs, personal expenses and other amenities
✪   Tips for our Korean guides and driver minimum 7 Euro (50 RMB) per person per day


Photo of Korean traditional dancers with PCE Director Michael Spavor after a performance April Spring Friendship Art Festival 2016.


Upgrades and Options (upon availability)

✪   Single Room – A supplement fee (private single room): Add +50 Euro per night
✪   First Class Upgrade – Return Flight from Pyongyang to Beijing: Add +250 Euro
✪   Private Airport Pick-Up (or drop off) – clients will be met by a private car at the airport: Add +35 Euro
✪   Room upgrades available for additional charges
✪   Please contact us with any special requests


Disclaimer: This itinerary is tentative and subject to some changes. It is quite normal and expected for small changes to occur on any delegation to the DPRK. PCE and our hosts always do our best to accommodate within our abilities. In the event of itinerary changes, PCE will arrange relevant alternative activities. All payments are subject to PCE terms and conditions.


A grandmother adjusts her grandaughters traditional clothing before taking a photo with her phone at the Kimilsungila Flower Exhibition in Pyongyang, April 15th, 2017. Photo: Paektu Cultural Exchange


About the April Spring Friendship Art Festival (ASFAF):
The ASFAF has been held every two years since 1982 when international musicians, artists, and performers are invited to Pyongyang, for 10 days of joint performances, joint cultural activities, special events, gala dinners, a fireworks display, mass dancing as well as visits to popular sites around the country.

In 2016, PCE attended and there were over 400 foreign performers from about 20 different countries. Often foreign embassies will send folk and or classical performance groups from their country to promote cultural relations and goodwill with the DPRK.

In 2016, at the previous ASFAF the Russian National Ballet Academy, as well as various music and performance groups participated from Japan, China, the United States, Australia, Ukraine, Cuba, Peru, Finland, Vietnam, Malaysia, Belarus, France, Mongolia, and Bengali. In addition, there were also circus performances from Russia, Mongolia, the US, and Belarus.

This year’s 2018 ASFAF is expecting to host over 500 foreign performers from over 20 different countries including dozens of local performances.

International performers at previous ASFAF’s were also attended rare concerts by the popular Moranbong Band, the Chongbong Band, and the Samjiyon Band as well as dozens of local music, dance, and performances from DPRK performance groups.


About the April Spring Festival Art Festival Fund

The April Spring Friendship Art Festival Fund was established on June 3, 2011, as the proposals had been made among international figures of cultural and art circle and artists and for wide exchange and cooperation in the organization of the festival.

Many of the cultural figures and artists who partook in the 27th art festival suggested promoting international cooperation in the organization of the event in keeping with its high global profile, and a series of follow-up working consultation arrived at the consensus that the establishment of a global fund for the event was much needed in reality.

As a result, on June 3, 2011, in Pyongyang, the April Spring Friendship Art Festival Fund was launched as a non-profit making and non-governmental organization that was registered as a corporate body of the DPRK.


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Performance from previous April Spring Friendship Art Festival.

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