The Arirang Mass Games

On our first night in Pyongyang we were hustled on to a bus and driven to the May Day stadium for the Arirang Mass Games – the very-much-anticipated highlight of our trip to Korea was going to be pretty much the first thing we saw. As ever, we were worried that an event we organised our entire eight months off around might not live up to our extremely high expectations.

We needn’t have worried – it was extraordinary. I can’t say that you should go and see it yourself – unfortunately this year was the last year of the Arirang, to be replaced next year by something else, no doubt also involving 100,000 spookily-drilled performers. We just opened our eyes wide, sat back, forgot about all the overtones and undertones, and enjoyed the show.