World’s Largest K-pop Convention coming to West L.A.

KCON WEST will include free special kick-off concert and screening leading up to the world’s largest K-pop fan convention and music festival. Photo: Courtesy.

K-pop concert plus Korean movie screening at the Hammer Museum. 

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By Sam Catanzaro

KCON LA is the world’s largest K-pop fan convention and music festival and while the event has traditionally taken place in Downtown Los Angeles, this year the some of the excitement and fanfare is coming to the Westside with KCON West.

In a partnership between KCON and the Hammer Museum, KCON West will be held this Wednesday, August 8 at 8 p.m., two days prior to the commencement of KCON 2018 LA. Several artists in the KCON LA lineup will perform at KCON West, including Ailee, Roy Kim and Echae Kang and will give fans a sneak peek at what’s in store for the weekend. The show is free of charge and open to all ages.

“The event was created to celebrate Korean pop art and the diversity of the culture and fandom that KCON brings to Los Angeles,” wrote spokesperson Emma Jacobson-Sive in a press release.

The night after, Thursday, August 9th, at 6 p.m., the Hammer will host a screening of The Fortress, the epic story of when Korea was invaded in 1936 by 150,000 Chinese Qing Dynasty troops. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with director Hwang Dong-hyuk.

Visit www.kconusa.com or www.hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2018/08/kcon-west-ailee-roy-kim-and-echae-kang/ for more information on the event and how to get tickets to KCON LA. For KCON West, parking is available under the museum. Rates are $6 for the first three hours with museum validation and $3 for each additional 20 minutes, with a $20 daily maximum. Cash only.

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