The K-pop is a whole set of disciplines, which makes it so distinctive from for example, American pop. One of those is the dance in which choreography has a very important role in the moment of presenting a new song as a physical interpretation of the message. This is why contests like the Changwon K-POP World Festival are so competitive. It recently celebrated the edition in Chile where we could assist.
¿What is Changwon K-POP World Festival?
The Changwon K-POP World Festival is a big competition which takes place in the city of the name, Changwon. In the preliminary round all over the world are taken the winners of each country, then they will compete against each other in the dance or singing categories for the opportunity of getting the first place and winning the big prize.
This event is managed by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in togetherness with KBS and local Korean Embassies, with the objective of promoting ‘Hallyu’ culture all over the world and give the fans the opportunity of presenting their covers in South Korea.
Changwon K-POP World Festival in Chile.
Just going inside the venue already gives a competition atmosphere and the venue despite being small had an amazing sound system and lights, as well as offer a more intimate view. As opening act ‘Santiago Joven’, a group of Chilean folklore presented their performance followed by special messages from the Korean representative of the embassy and the Santiago major on the relationship of Chile and Korea.
“La distancia cultural entre Chile y Corea es de 0 Km”
(“The culture distance between Chile and Korea is 0 Km”).
As a first-timer, I expected a dance and sing competition however, it was more than that. A complete presentation was prepared to impress judges including outfits, props, etc. Each group gave its 100% in their presentations which were seen by the panel, even claiming that they had trouble choosing one due to the high level of work from the groups.
Speaking of the panel, the Korean embassy was represented by two members. The local judges were represented by a local TV host and two members from NoiX Entertainment.
This day was also marked by the diversity in songs, from old Korean dramas OST to actual K-pop songs. BTS, GFriend, Teen Top, and Mamamoo were some of the artists whose songs were covered, both in dancing and singing.
At the end of the day, the results were given:
1. High Class
2. All One
3. Momentum Crew
2. Maria José
– Say the Name
– High Class
This is another reminder of how big the Hallyu culture has impacted the western society. We wish the best of the luck for all contestants this year and hope that Korean culture keeps getting a place all over the world.
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