K-Pop Rocks the House
at Cleveland Asian Festival
Cleveland, OH – Thousands of people visited the Dragon Stage at the
2016 Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) to watch the finals of the K-Pop
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
Johnny Wu, firstname.lastname@example.org
1419 East 40th Street Cleveland, OH 44103