Featured Participant: HallyuCY

HallyuCY is a growing community dedicated to the spread of South Korean pop culture in Cyprus! The group will be participating at Cyprus Comic Con for a third consecutive year!

‘Hallyu’ (which literally translates to “flow of Korea”) also known as ‘The Korean Wave‘ is a neologism referring to the increase in popularity of South Korean culture in the rest of the world since the late 1990s. Some aspects of South Korean pop culture that have contributed to its popularity, include K-pop music, K-dramas (TV-series), the Korean language and cuisine, animated comics and films, technology.

To find out more about HallyuCY, join the group on Facebook.

In the online Facebook group, members can post about their favourite K-pop music, K-drama and films, share and exchange knowledge about different aspects of South Korean culture and generally bond and form friendships with likeminded individuals.

HallyuCY organise a number of gatherings throughout the year! Some of these include arts and crafts sessions, cooking sessions, Korean karaoke where the members sing their hearts out with no shame (!), Hangul (Korean alphabet) learning sessions, K-pop dance cover meetings and cozy Korean film nights!

At the Comic Con, HallyuCY will be screening K-pop music videos throughout the event so make sure to visit their booth for a taste of South Korean pop music! The group members will also be selling low-cost K-pop merchandise and homemade, delicious pepero (also known as pocky in Japan), which are chocolate covered biscuits, a very popular and yummy treat. Lastly, cute handmade arts and crafts created by the group’s members will be on display at their booth!

Make sure you don’t miss the afternoon dance performances on both Comic Con days by HallyuCY’s members on the Fringe Festival stage, as they will be performing a fun K-pop mashup showcasing choreographies from a number of popular groups! Stay tuned for the full Comic Con schedule release for the details!

Some of the group’s future goals include growing the Hallyu community in Cyprus, to inform and educate interested individuals about South Korean culture and to hopefully one day organise larger scale events, such as K-pop parties and Korean Cinema screenings!