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Sunday, October 23, 2011
RELIVE IT: KBS New York Korea Festival brings K-Pop to New Jersey!
Hanbok-clad musicians, free Shin Ramyun and K-pop idols — the KBS New York Korea Festival had it all this weekend! Running through the weekend of October 8th and 9th at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, the New York Korean Festival attracted K-Pop lovers from all over the East Coast (and even some who flew in from the West coast!). Booths lined the perimeter of the grassy park, offering Korean delicacies, K-pop shirts and other merchandise; it was a cultural mecca for all those who wanted to learn more about the Korean culture while enjoying performances from their favorite K-Pop artists.
After hosting a hugely successful booth at the Korean Music Festival in Los Angeles a few months ago, we teamed up with SK Planet to throw a second event at the KBS festival. This time, we had double the number of prizes and giveaways for an epic two-day event!
The sunny afternoons were filled with song and dance cover contests as well as cameos from celebrities like Decipher, who autographed free albums for fans. Everyone who dropped by the booth also had the exclusive chance to sign up for the upcoming international release of Starcall, a free smartphone app that allows fans to directly receive video messages from K-Pop celebrities in real time.
As dusk began to settle in on Sunday, scores of attendees began to flock toward the main stage en masse in anticipation for the concert to begin. Those who were lucky got to sit in the fenced general admission and VIP sections; others got to spread a blanket on the grass and scream for their idols, as performances flashed across huge broadcast screens.
The night saw performances from a star-studded lineup comprised of idols TVXQ, 2PM, 4minute, B2ST, G.NA, SISTAR, SHINee and Kim Tae Woo. With legendary singers like Insooni and Jang Sa Ik also making an appearance, there was something for everyone to enjoy, from young fangirls to older generations