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K-pop in Brussels: World festival plus girl power group Black Swan on 4 September

Black Swan perform at K-Pop festival (c) DR Entertainment
09:43 17/08/2022

Fans of K-pop are in for a treat with a world festival dedicated to the music genre, including a performance by girl band Black Swan.

Organised by the Korean Cultural Center, the event is staged at the La Madeleine concert venue in Brussels on 4 September.

K-Pop World Festival X Black Swan presents an exciting double programme showcasing some of the best from South Korea’s contemporary pop and dance scene.

Mixing modern Western sounds and African-American influences with Korean performance, the cross-cultural values of K-pop are one reason why the movement has become such a global phenomenon. 

The first part of the programme at La Madeleine sees 13 solo or group teams competing in a K-pop dance contest. Dance is an integral part of K-pop and requires considerable skills and training. It includes synchronised moves, formation changes and the so-called ‘point choreography’, consisting of hooking and repetitive key movements.

Black Swan, a multinational girl group, is invited onto the stage for the second half of the evening. K-pop is a space where girl bands are thriving. Formed by DR Music, Black Swan consists of Fatou, Leia, Gabi and Sriya. While Fatou is from Belgium, the other girls hail from India, Brazil and Germany.

Although the group debuted in October 2020, their present line-up dates from July 2022. Two new members, Gabi and Sriya, joined via the band’s distinctive auditioning and training system called 'Cygnus Project'. By convention in modern K-pop, trainees go through a rigorous preparation system before making their debut. 

The band’s name derives from the Black Swan Theory, signifying that it will be a unique K-pop idol on the world stage. A year after forming, they launched their first album Close to Me, which has only boosted their global recognition.

This eagerly-awaited hour-long performance in Brussels marks the start of a new journey for Black Swan and its brand-new line-up.

Tickets are on sale for €10.

K-Pop World Festival X Black Swan
La Madeleine, 4 September
19.30-21.00 K-pop World Festival
21.00-22.00 Black Swan concert
Rue Duquesnoy 14
1000 Brussels



Written by The Bulletin