New Zealand, Yongkyu Park.
Some of South Korea’s top pop bands, with millions of fans and followers around the world, could be headed to New Zealand for a huge pop music festival with the aim of spreading “Hallyu” – or the Korean cultural wave.
As part of celebrations to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between South Korea and New Zealand, the Korean Society is planning to bring the country’s most popular female group, Girls’ Generation, with other top pop groups such as 2PM and Kara and more for a K-pop festival in the summer.
Celebrations to mark the “Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship” start on Saturday with Korean Day at the North Shore Events Centre, where K-pop will be taking centre stage.
The South Korean Embassy will also be backing New Zealand’s first national K-pop competition, to take place this year.
“K-pop has become a very important part of Korea’s modern and dynamic culture, which has been gaining popularity around the world,” said the republic’s ambassador to