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2019 Changwon K-Pop World Festival DC

Calling all rising K-Pop stars! The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. is proud to announce the 2019 Changwon K-Pop World Festival DC, our regional competition for this year’s Changwon K-Pop World Festival. This global competition, known previously as the K-Pop World Festival, aims to discover the next generation of K-Pop stars from around the world, offering slick prizes a chance to compete on stage at the world finals in Korea!


Washington, D.C. Online Preliminary

Entries due: July 19, 5:00 PM

Results announced: July 23


Winner in Vocal : Dara Branford(Lee Hi -

Winner in Performance : Haru(ATEEZ - Say My Name)


 1. HYEJIN JOO (2018 K-POP Academy Instructor, JYJ Concert Tour, work with TVXQ, 2ne1, Block B, Jessie, NS Yoon G, Miss A, etc.)

 2. MINA WOO (2018 K-POP Academy Instructor, Vocal Trainer of Peniel Art School, Hash Tag, NEW A)

 3. MI JANG (2019 K-POP Academy Instructor, Professor at Korea Broadcasting Art School, Trainer of Superstar K, Show Me the Money, Voice of Korea, Work with 2PM, VIXX, Momoland, Rain, etc.)




Regional competitions for the 2019 Changwon K-Pop World Festival are being held worldwide this summer,and the world finals are scheduled for October 11 in Changwon, Korea. For Washington, D.C., our online preliminary will accept entries until July 19, from which two artists or groups will be selected as finalists (announced July 23).


For each regional competition around the world, including Washington, D.C., winners in the dance and vocal categories (one from each) will then also be considered for participation in the world finals in Korea, using their original regional competition video as their entry. Those who are then selected for the world finals will be invited to go to Korea and perform live in the fall.


How to Take Part


To compete in the 2019 Changwon K-Pop World Festival DC, contestants must meet the eligibility requirements listed below, complete the online application form, and submit any needed multimedia files with the application. Be sure to read all the details below before applying (scroll down to read more or click here to start your application). 


This year, the Washington,D.C. regional competition is an online-only preliminary. The two winners selected from this process will be invited to perform at the All About That Hallyu event on August 24 at the Korean Cultural Center, Washington, D.C. (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington DC 20008).


Eligibility Requirements


Applicants don’t need to have professional performance experience—just a passion for Korean pop music!


Because the Changwon K-Pop World Festival is intended to spotlight passion for K-Pop abroad and for learning the Korean language, those with Korean citizenship, or who have held Korean citizenship in the past, and those with at least one parent who has Korean citizenship or has held Korean citizenship in the past, are not eligible to compete.


Those in the U.S. on a short-term or tourism basis at the time of the audition are not eligible to compete. International students, non-U.S. citizens, and U.S. citizens are still eligible to apply, however, as long as they are currently living in the U.S.,such as for school or another long-term purpose. Applicants do not need to be locals of the Washington, D.C. region to enter this regional competition.


Those who have already been awarded first or second place in another K-Pop World Festival regional competition in 2019 are not eligible to apply to the K-Pop World Festival DC competition.


Applicants found not to have adhered to these requirements at any point may be immediately disqualified.


Competition Categories & Criteria


Those taking part in the Changwon K-Pop World Festival DC can compete as a group (team) or as an individual, and in one of two categories:


Vocal (primarily live singing or vocal art;dance is optional)

- Performance (primarily dance; singing is optional,or including a pre-recorded track)


Judging criteria will be as follows based on the competition category chosen:


Vocal Category

- vocal proficiency: 60%

- vocal expression and pronunciation: 20%

- stage charisma: 20%


Performance Category

- choreography (composition and uniformity): 40%

- technique: 30%

- stage charisma: 30%


Winners & Prizes


Winner in Vocal: Trophy with Amazon Giftcard


Winner in Performance: Trophy with Amazon Giftcard


Note: only the two 1st place winners (one from each category) will be considered for possible invitation to the world finals. The process of consideration for the world finals will be done by judges in Korea based on the original submission in our online preliminary.