Two K-pop singers, Donghae of Super Junior and Seohyun of Girls’ Generation, on Monday unveiled the theme song “Dreams Come True” for the upcoming 2011 Asia Song Festival.
The one-day festival is to be held at the Daegu Stadium in Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province, on Saturday at 6 p.m., where 13 pop artists from Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand will gather to hold arguably the largest pop concert in Asia.
The annual music festival is in its 8th year and this is the first time it has announced a theme song.
All revenue from online sales of the theme song will be donated to UNICEF to help children suffering from famine in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti.
The two singers have been appointed UNICEF envoys.
“I am very pleased to be able to help society with my talent. While K-pop is enjoying worldwide popularity, I will try my best to promote UNICEF’s efforts,” Seohyun said.
Donghae (left), a member of boy band Super Junior, and Seohyun of Girls’ Generation hold UNICEF dolls that help raise funds for children in Africa at the Korean Committee for UNICEF in Seoul, Monday. (Kim Myung-sub/The Korea Herald)
“As for the Asia Song Festival, I look forward to enjoying the concert with many other Asian artists,” she said.
The theme song was composed by Jo Yeong-su and lyrics were written by An Yeong-min.
Korean participating artists for the upcoming festival include Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, miss A, Beast and Lee Seung-gi.
The host Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange said it has picked miss A as the Best Asian New Artist, U-KISS and G.NA, the Asia Influential Artists.
Japanese acts such as Perfume and AAA will heat up the stage, while Chinese singer Zhou Bichang and Thai singer Tata Young will also showcase their representative songs.
Actress Lee Ha-nui, who is also a former Miss Korea, and MC Jeon Hyeon-mu will host the 2011 Asia Song Festival, it said.
It is the second time that the Asia Song Festival is being held outside Seoul. In 2005, the second Asia Song Festival took place in Busan.
Over 40,000 fans are expected to attend the free concert in Daegu, the organizer said.
By Kim Yoon-mi (firstname.lastname@example.org)