Jakarta, IO – Ten ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) along with the Republic of Korea will take part in the ASEAN-Korea music festival, which is organized by KBS, sponsored by the Korean government’s “Joint Funding from ASEAN-Korea” and supported by the ASEAN Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ASEAN secretariat.
The ASEAN-KOREA Music Festival, also known as the 2023 ROUND Music Festival, will take place in Jakarta on October 21 and 22, 2023, at Beach City International Stadium in Ancol, Jakarta, and will be the first live version of the festival, which was previously hosted twice online in streaming mode, in 2020 and 2021.
The ROUND Music Festival, which debuted in 2020, is an ASEAN and Korean music festival event that serves as a musical act and communications platform. Despite a significant target drop over the last three years, deferring the COVID-19 pandemic, music festival events survive by transitioning to an online concert, which still upholds high-quality content and encourages cultural exchange and solidarity between Korea and ASEAN countries.
Despite the challenges of holding music festivals, the ROUND Music Festival is highly acclaimed for its ability to showcase the most significant ASEAN performers and to offer a communication and engagement space for ASEAN musicians and music enthusiasts all over the world.
The slogan for this year’s ROUND Music Festival in Indonesia is “Step Out, Sing As One,” to represent the struggle to conquer all challenges, for everyone to unite in one event and enjoy the moment. This concert will feature a number of prominent musicians from ten ASEAN countries; among these are Isyana Sarasvati, who often appears at music festivals; BARASUARA; PAMUNGKAS; and Ardhito Pramono.
Korean music group SE SO NEON, who has recently cooperated with RM BTS for their current album, will surely enliven the festival in a duet performance with Isyana Sarasvati. Another musician performing at the festival is SURL, who will also embark on a Southeast Asia tour this fall. (des/ast)