A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
I’m not a huge fan of K-pop in general, but being in Korea for 4 years and actually making it the topic of my master’s thesis, K-pop is something very close to my heart. That being said, last Sunday I was so thrilled to participate in this “K-pop event” organized by Somaek Entertainment in Leiden. It’s called “Strictly K-pop,” and really, it’s strictly all about K-pop!
I would never expect K-pop to be a big thing in Europe, but then I learn that here if someone’s into K-pop, they are really fanatic. The event is similar to any kind of party that you have seen around Leiden – everyone came to dance and have fun, except that we danced to K-pop songs and talked about K-pop artists. The bar where they held the party was a full house that day, and friends of my friends even went all the way from Groningen and Rotterdam to join us. So K-pop is big where it is big!
Besides usual party activities, they also served Korean snacks, sold K-pop and Korean merchandise, such as posters and lightsticks, and had a few performances. But what drew me to the party is the noraebang – Korean karaoke that I’ve missed so dearly. I really wish they would have more of that type of karaoke everywhere I go 😛
What surprised me the most is, again, how fanatic the Dutch K-pop fans are. I mean, I was in Korea for quite a long time but they surely know a lot more K-pop songs than I do. Every time a song was one every one sang along and cheered so enthusiastically. It was quite an eye-opening experience. Another fun fact that I kind of figured out is that normally I would see very talk people walking on the streets (well of course this is the Netherlands), but in the party, every one was like… medium size 😛 There were apparently very few tall girls because they all stood out from the crowd, which I found quite interesting! Maybe that’s something about the people who like K-pop? 😛 Nonetheless, it actually made me enjoy the party a lot more because that was a rare time I didn’t feel like a dwarf 😛