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We probably don’t talk enough about Korea’s hiphop and b-boy scene at the Gig Guide, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like their stuff. In fact, the incredible, grassroots way that scene built itself up over the years is a great example to everyone who complains that the indie scene does not get enough support. I can remember when the dance scene consisted of young kids hanging out in parks, trying out moves that were more like a P.Diddy backdance team than real breaking. But today, as I’m sure you know, Korean dancers are among the best anywhere.
The R16 Korea is one of the top b-boy competitions in the world, and this year looks to be their biggest yet, with 200 performers from all over the world coming for two days of competition in Olympic Park this weekend. Saturday’s competition will features a performance by Jay Park (formerly of 2pm) and his dance crew Art of Movement. And Sunday will feature two of Korea’s best rappers, Tiger JK and Yoonmirae (aka T, aka Tasha, aka one of my favorite female vocalists period).
The area around Olympic Hall will also feature an all-day R16 Urban Arts Festival, with street artists, graffiti teams, and oodles of other stuff going on.