Happy 5th Anniversary, KCON!
KCON has reached an amazing milestone!
From 2011 until now, hellokpop has had the opportunity to cover all of the KCONs in LA. We are amazed at what KCON has been able to accomplish these past 5 years. In 2011, KCON was held at the Irvine Amphitheater, and the event has grown so much that it is now held at both the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center.
We are amazed and thankful to have been a part of KCON’s journey, and we hope that it continues to grow!
KCON LA started on Friday, July 29th, and ended with a great concert on the night of July 31st. There were so many different events and panels attendees could go to, such as a HALO championship and KCON Food Street. Fans also had the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite groups with the fan engagement sessions.
New this year was the Flower Boy Cafe, where patrons would be able to talk to one of seven Korean Flower Boys over coffee. TKCON also had a bunch of vendors and food trucks for their KCON Food Street, which was awesome! They had food such as bulgogi nachos, and food trucks like Seoul Sausage and Belly Bombz were there. The convention part of KCON was sectioned off into different parts, such as the sponsors’ tents, the Beauty Block, Dance Workshops, Marketplace, Flower Boy Cafe, Creative Korea Roadshow, and the CJ Cultureplex.
The Beauty Block featured vendors such as Club Clio, Aritaum, The Face Shop, NYX, MEMEBOX, Tony Moly, and SokoGlam. The marketplace featured really cool artists as well as some k-pop merchandise booths. The Creative Korea Roadshow featured new products from Korea, such as a super cute robot that could function as a home assistant, much like Amazon’s Alexa.
On Friday, KCON had several awesome panels such as: the Ultimate Hallyu Knowledge Challenge, an Aegyo Battle, Centuries of Flower Boys, and Meet & Greets with the Youtubers: JRE, KennyBoySlay and Heyitsfeiii.
On July 30th, there was so much to do – such as attending the HALO competition, going to cool panels such as Rhythms of Korea: Exploring Korean Music and Dance, Uncovering Korean Indie Music, and learning K-pop dances such as Monsta X’s ‘All In’ choreography. The night ended with a concert featuring: Block B, Dean, Amber, GFriend, I.O.I and SHINee.
On July 31st, there were panels about Asian American in Hollywood, The World Talks about Korea, and Cross Cultural Clashes in Hallyu. The last night of the star-studded event was closed with performances by: Astro, BTS, Eric Nam, Girls’ Generation – TTS, Monsta X, and Twice.
Photos Courtesy of John Nguyen.