The Perak Society of Performing Arts (PSPA) K-Pop Concert which featured Korean pop music and songs was a refreshing change from the earlier performances in the festival which featured the classics of yesteryear.
K-Pop Concert was also the closing event of the Perak Performing Arts Festival 2011 which kicked off in March with Exploring Shakespeare, a community outreach programme which involved Ipoh Schools.
According to PSPA President, Datin Rosalina Ooi, the final event was to have been the “Perak Top 10 Marching Bands” slotted for September 16. However since many of the band members were preparing for their exams, it was postponed and replaced with the K-Pop Concert.
The K-Pop Concert was young and energetic and had the younger audience standing below the stage and moving to the beat of Korean singers and songwriters such as Daniel Kim, Cho Hye-Ri, Lee Yun-Hwa, Noh A-ram, and Nae Ri and accompanied by a band of energetic musicians.
The night was energized and “that was why we did it, to cater to a younger crowd instead of the earlier fare,” said Rosalina.
The concert was also a fund raiser in aid of IpohBUG, an organisation dedicated to “Developing Youth through Sport”. IpohBUG, started in 2008, is currently providing training programmes in football, Frisbee, basketball and badminton.
IpohBUG President William Chang stated that their “training programmes have grown and expanded and require a full time staff to co-ordinate their weekly programmes. Additionally, it is intending to set up an academy targeted for next year”.
State Exco for Tourism, Dato’ Hamidah Osman, officially closed the Festival that evening and gently reminded Rosalina to start preparing for “Perak Performing Arts Festival 2012”.