Four Egyptian groups qualify for 2021 K-POP World Festival

Reham El-Adawi , Thursday 5 Aug 2021

Glitch Gang Girls, Black Eagle, Yara Mahgoub, and Adelpha are the four contestants that have been selected to participate in the online Changwon K-POP World Festival scheduled in October in South Korea

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The four Egyptian groups qualified for 2021 K-POP World Festival with the Korean and Egyptian judges

The Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) in Cairo held the preliminary competition for the 2021 K-POP World Festival on Friday 30 July at the Cairo Opera House’s Open-Air theatre. 

Out of the eight groups competing that day, the Glitch Gang Girls won 1st place, Black Eagle won 2nd, Yara Mahgoub claimed the 3rd spot, and Adelpha got 4th place. 

The four teams have been selected by a panel of judges to participate in the online Changwon K-POP World Festival scheduled in October in South Korea. 

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One of the four teams selected to participate in the online Changwon K-POP World Festival (photo cr)

The panel of judges included two Korean judges: Cho Chan Ho, the chairman of the Korean Association; and Kim Dong Gun, the head of the Public Diplomacy Sector at the Korean embassy; together with Director of the Cairo Opera House Magdy Saber; former director of the Academy of Arts Ahlam Younis; and Riham Abu-Sreaa, a professor at the Institute of Ballet.

In honour of BTS being one of the most popular bands in the world, charting multiple No.1 hits on global billboards, all participants performed a dance to one of BTS’ songs.

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The panel of judges watching the K-POP dance shows performed by the Egyptian teams

“BTS, as well as other K-POP teams, are fueling interest in Korean culture, including language, films, drama, fashion and food,” Oh Sung-Ho, the director of the Korean Cultural Centre explained.

He expressed his appreciation for the K-POP fans in Egypt, noting that the KCC will continue supporting their activities to promote broader mutual understanding between Egypt and South Korea.

The audience enjoyed the splendid dance performances carried out by all the groups, with the panel of judges expressing admiration for the talent each group displayed. At the venue, coronavirus preventive measures were strictly implemented for the safety of the participants and the audience.

Co-hosted by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and the Korean Broadcasting System, the K-POP World Festival is an annual worldwide music and dance competition hosted by Changwon World Dance Festival for K-pop lovers worldwide in which contestants show off K-pop content in a dance format. 

In Egypt, the preliminary competition is seeking to provide an opportunity for K-pop fans to demonstrate their talents in dance shows.  

The festival has been developed in a way to unite K-POP fans and enhance the popularity of ‘Hallyu’ (The Korean cultural wave sweeping the globe).

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