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K-Pop Party

A night dedicated to one of the most popular genres in the world.
By Laetitia Laubscher
February 10, 2019
By Laetitia Laubscher
February 10, 2019

Auckland's Town Hall is turning into New Zealand's epicentre of K-Pop on Saturday, February 23 as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival.

K-Pop — which is a blend of worldwide musical influences such as hip hop, gospel and electronica — emerged in South Korea in the early 90s, but didn't take on its 'idol' culture until boy band H.O.T. became popular in 1996.

These days, K-Pop is defined as more than just a musical genre, but rather an all-encompassing aesthetic. The French National Audiovisual Insitute describes K-Pop as a "fusion of synthesized music, sharp dance routines and fashionable, colourful outfits." The genre's 'idol culture' is also incredibly important. Training and grooming a K-Pop star/'idol' under one of the big record labels costs about US$3 million, according to a 2012 The Wall Street Journal article.

K-Pop Party will be curated by Rina Chae, known for dancing with Beyoncé and Justin Bieber as well as choreographing for AOA, Cosmic Girls, SF9 and Monsta X, the K-Pop only, all-ages dance party will feature the most current K-Pop hits, guest dance performances by Rina Chae, Street Candee, 603 and Jua.

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