August 08, 2020

North Korea’s 1970s Hallyu: socialist spectaculars in the Third World
Kim Il Sung deployed art troupes as a way to spread his version of socialism and deepen diplomatic ties

As part of its delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Kim Jong Un sent around 120 members of an art troupe to South Korea. However, this was not the first time that a North Korean art troupe traveled outside of its national borders.

In an attempt to spread the regime’s political ideas and Kim Il Sung’s brand of socialism, the North Korean government sent various art troupes to the Third World during the 1970s.