PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- North Korea announced the cancellation of the Mass Games for 2015, its annual festival of highly choreographed dance and gymnastics presentations. The colorful event is a signature presentation on North Korea's calendar, and typically involves thousands of children and adult dancers, performing with precision and spectacle.
No reason was given for the cancellation, but the state-run Korea International Travel Company informed Young Pioneer Tours, a Chinese travel agency specializing in excursions to North Korea, the games would not be presented. North Korea maintains strict quarantine procedures to guard against the entry of the Ebola virus into the country. The measures essentially ban tourists from entering North Korea, while diplomats and representatives of non-governmental organizations follow a 21-day quarantine policy before admittance.
The Mass Games were similarly cancelled in 2014.