By Huh Yoon-jin
The ASEAN-Korea Center will host the fifth edition of a music and dance performance contest in Seoul on Oct. 26.
The finals of the "5th Bravo! ASEAN in Korea 2013" will take place at the New Millennium Hall, Konkuk University in northeastern Seoul.
The center is currently accepting applications from nationals of the 10-member ASEAN countries through Sept. 22 for the preliminary rounds of the contest. Koreans can participate as members of a team that must have more ASEAN-nation members than Koreans. The preliminaries will take place at two respective venues; the outdoor stages installed in Man-nam Square in Wongok-dong, Ansan; and in the Hongik University area on Oct. 5.
The venues were chosen for specific reasons as the city of Ansan in Gyeonggi Province has one of the highest concentrations of foreign residents ― especially migrant workers ― residing there. Hongik University in Seoul is a hotspot for foreigners and foreign students studying in Korea.
A total of 10 teams will be selected through the preliminaries, after which they will perform in the finals. Each of the finalist teams will be given a prize of 1 million won and a return ticket to their home country.
Furthermore, after the finals, there will be a special performance to celebrate the harmony of ASEAN and Korean culture.
Last year, after a keen competition among 161 people in 59 teams, 34 people in 10 teams went to the finals and seized the chance to perform traditional, instrumental and pop music and dance.
"Bravo! ASEAN in Korea" is a culture festival for people from ASEAN countries residing in Korea to present their artistic talent. It has been held every year since the establishment of the Center in 2009, aiming to deepen mutual cultural understandings between Korea and ASEAN countries.
The event is to illuminate the unique characteristic of ASEAN culture "Harmony Among Diversity" and to promote cultural exchange by bringing Korea and ASEAN countries together through music and dance.