Thursday, May 26, 2016

K-Pop Rocks the House at Cleveland Asian Festival

K-Pop Rocks the House at Cleveland Asian Festival

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2016

Cleveland, OH – Thousands of people visited the Dragon Stage at the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) to watch the finals of the K-Pop competition. 

In prior weeks, local dancers submitted their best mashups of popular K-Pop dance routines and people voted for finalists via social media.  Saturday afternoon, the final dance off took place.

K-pop (short for Korean pop) has become a worldwide phenomenon.  Originating in South Korea, it covers a range of styles including dance-pop, pop ballad, electropop, R&B, and hip-hop music.  Five finalists were chosen to compete in the finals at the Cleveland Asian Festival for a $2500 grand prize.

The seating area filled up quickly and standing room only crowds encompassed the stage.

 CAF entertainment coordinator Yin Tang said “It was great seeing so many in the audience singing along to the songs as the dancers performed.”

The judges included music and dance industry leaders and even a priest, Father Sung-Woong Lee, who comes from South Korea.  The cheering of the audience played a part in the decisions but it was the opinions of the expert panel that determined the winner. 

The Grand Champion of the 2016 Cleveland Asian Festival K-Pop competition, and winner of the $2500 grand prize, was Chakai.  2nd Place was awarded to Abracadabra Productions and 3rd Place went to Gizibe.  Congratulations to all the competitors and the winners.

About the Cleveland Asian Festival

The Cleveland Asian Festival is an annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month in May in Cleveland’s Asiatown neighborhood. The Cleveland Asian Festival is a landmark undertaking to unite the community through collaboration and recognition of its culture, diversity, and people. A record crowd of 45,018 attended the 6th annual Cleveland Asian Festival in 2015.

The 2017 Cleveland Asian festival will be held May 20 and 21, 2017 on Payne Ave. between E. 30th St & E. 27th S.

The Cleveland Asian Festival is made possible from these major supporting sponsors: JACK Cleveland Casino, Asia Plaza, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cleveland Public Power, ImageLab Media, Cuyahoga Community College, InHealth Ohio Nonprofit Mutual Insurer, KeyBank, Nationwide HealthCare, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Third Federal Bank, University Hospitals and
many others.


Johnny Wu,
1419 East 40th Street Cleveland, OH 44103
Office: 216.539.4634


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