Have you dreamed of taking the stage like your favorite K-pop singers? The Korea Daily (Joongang Ilbo) and the LA Korean Festival Foundation (LAKFF) may have just what you’re looking for to make your daydreams a bit more concrete.
The 4th K-pop Singing & Dancing Battle is back, and it kicks off with a preliminary round on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Finalists will then compete at the 41st Korean Cultural Festival on Friday, Sept. 19 at Seoul International Park in Koreatown.
The first-place winner will receive $500 and a free smartphone. Two second place winners will receive $200 each, and two popularity prizes in the form of $100 will be awarded to another two teams.
To enter, contestants and the majority of group members should be: non-Korean or Korean with mixed racial background whose native language is not Korean, or a 2nd/3rd generation Korean American born and raised in the U.S., whose native language is not Korean. All persons under the age of 18 must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
You can register at this link until 5 p.m. on Aug. 29 for free! For more information, you can visit www.lakoreanfestival.org, email email@example.com or call (213) 368-2675/2543. You can also RSVP at the event’s Facebook page.
Saturday, Sept. 6
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Korean Cultural Center
5505 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Friday, September 19
Seoul International Park in LA Koreatown (Friday night of the Korean Cultural Festival)
It’s back! The first KTOWN Night Market in Los Angeles was a blast, so the obvious decision is to have another one.
This time, the festival makes its way over to Orange County at Angel Stadium of Anaheim! The OC Block Party is pretty much set to be a fantastic and food-filled time. Click here to find out how to secure a free ticket (while supplies last). You can also visit the official KTOWN Night Market website and check out their Facebook event page for more information.
Friday, Aug. 22
4 p.m. to Midnight
Saturday, Aug. 23
2 p.m. to Midnight
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 E Gene Autry Way Anaheim, CA 92806
K-Fest Main Event Concert, the musical highlight of the evening, will feature 2 Fast 2 Furious actor and rapper MC JIN, Rob Campman (aka Southstar), Korean Canadian J-Reyez, Minnesota’s Lil Crazed and Chicago’s very own Jargon. The concert is set to take place in the Northside Prep High School Auditorium on August 10 at 6:00 p.m. and tickets will be priced at $20-$45.
The Main Event will also be dedicated to bringing more awareness to the suffering that the people of Gaza are currently experiencing due to the ongoing Gaza-Israel conflict. A cut of the proceeds will be donated to the relief effort in Gaza. Samuel Bain, an event co-founder, said, “Samuel Bain says, “We hope that through this small effort we can highlight the need to end the needless killing of non-combatant men, women and children.”
Click here for ticket information.
Click here to read more about the artists.
Sunday, August 10th
Northside College Prep High School
School 5501 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
This post is sponsored by the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA).
On Aug. 22, the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) will be hosting the 2014 Korean Americans in Hollywood Mentor Seminar at The Korea Center in Los Angeles, starting at 1:30 p.m. The seminar will feature leading Korean Americans working in Hollywood as studio executives, producers, agents, and managers, who will discuss their understandings of Hollywood business structures and current trends.
Friday, Aug. 22, 1:30 p.m.
The Korea Center
5509 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
For more information on the event and how to register, click here.
The Korean Wave, or hallyu, has grown into a global phenomenon, and if you’re in need of a bit of guidance, the 3rd Annual Hallyu Camp is for you!
The Korean Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission are offering an expanded program of a week-long exploration of K-pop’s cultural roots from August 11-15.
American campers will be able to collaborate with Korean peers in different workshops, language learning, discussion and creative multimedia projects led by local artists and instructors from KCC’s King Sejong Institute.
To register and to find a detailed schedule and course outline for Hallyu Camp 2014, visit the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. website.
Tuition is $150 per student. The camp will be accepting 20-30 participants, ages 13-19. Lunch and snacks will be provided each day.
August 11-15, Monday-Friday
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland
3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD 20742
In an effort to share an important part of Korean history and to spread awareness about human sex trafficking around the world, the Korean American Coalition of Chicago (KACC) will be partially subsidizing the price for a number seats for “Bongsunhwa,” a play by the Seoul Metropolitan Theatre depicting the experiences of “comfort women” during the Japanese colonial rule.
“Bongsunhwa” will be performed on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois, and will also provide English subtitles.
KACC is offering its members a subsidized price for a number of premiere center viewing seats (Section S). To view discounted member prices for the tiered seating, click here for the Facebook event. For other ticket inquiries, call Korea Daily at (847) 228-7200 (ext. 122).
Saturday, Aug. 2
North Shore Center for Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd
Skokie, Illinois 60077
It’s back to school time for all you UC kids!
The marketing team behind KTOWN Night Market and Kollaboration will partner up with Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce to bring you MPK Night Market! It will be held at Barnes Park on July 25th from 5:00pm to 10:30 pm. There will be no entry fee and is set to be scheduled as a once a month event, held on a Friday.
MPK Night Market will feature fusion food trucks, street food vendors (Ice Cream Lab, Fluff Ice, Swirls Potato & Lemonade, and more!), along with visual art exhibitions, shopping, carnival games, musical performances at the Barnes Park Amphitheater, and the city’s first beer and wine garden at a public park.
And to top off the night, an after party will be hosted by American Legion Post 397. The venue is located next to Barnes Park.
July 25th, 5:00PM to 10:30PM
350 S Mcpherrin Ave,
Monterey Park, CA 91754
For more information visit: MPKnightmarket.com
Image courtesy of MPK Night Market