SEOULCon announces K-pop artists & T1 E-sports team for 2023

SEOULCon, a dynamic two-day exhibition, is set to captivate audiences with its celebration of Asian entertainment and culture on December 30 and 31. Organized independently and driven by a passion for promoting diversity in creative expressions, SEOULCon aims to connect various facets of Asian music, media, technology, art, and consumer entertainment entities. In a world where Asian influence continues to shape global pop culture, the exhibition provides a platform to unite these diverse elements into a seamless, immersive experience. SEOULCon’s attendees will explore and appreciate the rich tapestry of Asian artists and cultures, offering a multi-sensory, live event that bridges the present, the new, and the next in Asian creative expressions. The full music artist lineup consists of K-pop heavyweights such as Jay Park, APINK, ASH ISLAND, CHUNG HA, DJ Soda and LEE GIKWANG of HIGHLIGHT.

The exhibition will take place at various locations within the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), including the Art Hall, Oullim Square, and Design Lab, and will house all programming listed below. There will be over 20 programs created to showcase the latest lifestyle of Seoul, amongst the present and future of technology companies that are highlighted through the ‘Seoul Tech Meetup & Technology Demonstration’, which showcases the innovative technologies of Seoul-based tech companies such as AI, robots, fintech, biotechnology, mobility, and notably popular content creators.

T1, as one of the most prominent teams, has won a record total of four League of Legends World Championship titles (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2023), two Mid-Season Invitational titles (2016 and 2017). ‘T1 CON’, a fan meeting program of the world’s top e-sports club T1, will be held. The T1 team, including Faker, will hold an event to repay the fans who have supported them throughout the year.

SEOULCon aims to secure the ‘content industry’ as a new driving force for the Seoul economy through various programs such as the exhibition related to Hallyu content, beauty activations presenting a sustainable fashion in Seoul launching shows for promising small and medium-sized enterprises, and exhibitions and demonstrations of the latest technologies. The event’s focus is to enhance its competitiveness in the global social media and business lifestyle industries by showcasing invited content creators who share a common interest in SEOULCon’s initiatives and bring them together to collaborate.

Consumer Entertainment

Popular Netflix programs such as “Single’s Inferno” and “Physical 100” who’ve become global sensations when first premiered, have continued their commercial dominance and cultural omnipresence in 2023. Some of the cast members from both programs will participate in panels and a live Drawing Show.

Hallyu Star and Global Influencer Awards

On December 30, the Hallyu Star and Global Influencer Awards will collaborate with the 2023 APAN Star Awards for an awards ceremony featuring multiple entertainment categories such as domestic broadcasting and OTT drama; to be attended by actors, journalists, and global influencers. This ceremony will be attended by numerous Hallyu stars. The 2022 Grand Prize Winner was Song Joong-Ki from the hit Netflix series, Vincenzo.

Street Fashion and Sneakers Market

Starting from December 30 for two days, the “2023 SEOULCon:ORIGINAL SEOUL” will feature numerous domestic and international street brands, presenting hip fashion trends. Each brand will showcase their latest lineups, limited-edition goods, and conduct brand-specific events. Brands participating will be including Musinsa, Another Shop, Kasina, Peaches, LEVI’s and more.

On December 31, the 2023 Media Trailer will kick off their program where popular or highly anticipated content participants, including those from past successes or upcoming works, engage in experiences and talk shows with the audience. This will feature a showdown between the popular Netflix series ‘Physical 100’ cast and global content creators attending. Winners of ‘Physical 100’ program, including Woo Jin-yong, along with celebrities like Jo Jin-hyung, and Australia Tarzan, will face off against notable creators. ‘Single’s Inferno’ participants from previous seasons such as Oh Jin-taek will also host relationship counseling and talk shows in a panel.

K-Pop Random Play Dance & Meet and Greet

At the DDP Oullim Square, from December 30 (Saturday) to December 31 (Sunday), the K-Pop Random Play Dance will take place, bringing together entertainment networks and domestic dance crews to collaborate; KBS, DGDG Studio and more taking part in this installation. On the 30th, T1 from League of Legends will hold a fan meeting expressing gratitude to the fans who have supported them throughout the year.

K-Pop Concert

On December 31st (Sunday) from 18:00, the highlight of the 2023 SEOULCon edition, the K-Pop Concert, will take place with some of the biggest artists in the genre currently. As the clock strikes midnight on January 1 (Monday), the celebration will continue , heating up the atmosphere to welcome the year 2024. The lineup consists of Jay Park, APINK, ASH ISLAND, CHUNG HA, DJ Soda and LEE GIKWANG of HIGHLIGHT.

Notable Attending Content Creators

Anushka Sen is an Instagram influencer with an impressive 40 million followers. Representing India, Sen has been appointed as an honorary ambassador for promoting Korea as a tourist destination, expressing her aspiration to be a bridge connecting Korea and India.

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