This weekend is the annual KORUS Festival in Northern Virginia, and by the time dusk settled in on Saturday, the area surrounding the central entertainment stage filled up rapidly.
The KORUS Festival, hosted by the Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area, is a 3-day event. Digital Journal reported on the talent, food and fun featured earlier on Saturday, and while some of this continued into the night (especially the food, this section had barely any walking room!), much of the focus during the evening hours turned to the entertainment stage.
K-Pop music took the stage at 5 p.m. and continued until just after 6:30. At this time DC Style Lesson & Practice took center and the younger generation all jumped up and came forward to learn some cool dance moves "Gangnam Style". This segment of the day's entertainment was pretty lively and a lot of fun to watch.
While seeing the crowd try to learn the dance was fun, by mid-way through the performance, those participating had pretty much given up interest, turning full attention to the dancers on stage. Although, a few held out and continued dancing.
Crowd learning the dance moves given by DC Style Lesson & Practice.
As the sun began to set for the night, the crowd continued to gather around the center stage. At this time Dream of the Dynasty, performed by the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, took the stage and gave a lovely performance.
The National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts performed at the KORUS Festival on Sat. evening
After this was the Washington Song Contest. The program throughout the day was primarily spoken in Korean, so I wasn't sure what was said, although it appeared to be asked no video be taken during this segment of the entertainment. Was not sure if this meant photos too, so I didn't take any, just in case. About a dozen contestants participated, each bringing their own style.
As the contest was winding down, hundreds of young people began rapidly making their way to the stage. The reason why? The Korean pop/rock duo Norazo, the headliner of the night, was scheduled to begin their show at 9 p.m. The singing contest seemed to run over by about 15 minutes, so Norazo took stage a few minutes late, but by this time, the crowd was definitely ready.
Norazo was a very energetic show, a mix of pop and rock. The duo was described as comedians, along with their musical talents. Although I didn't understand what was being said, the crowd was laughing - a lot. The crowd was very excited and their enthusiasm radiated, adding to the fun atmosphere.