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NCKS K-Pop Party 2020 Translation Contest

Did you say K-pop?

K-pop, or Korean pop music, is the largest cultural export of Korea. The style of K-pop blends elements of pop/R&B/rap tones, repetitive verses, dancing, and unique fashion. Referred to as part of Hallyu (한류), or the Korean Wave, K-pop captivated audiences of Asia and traveled the world into the United States, including our community in Ann Arbor.

We want YOUR HELP in building resources to increase our community’s knowledge of Korea and the influence of K-pop. Show us your own K-pop skills!

Contest Eligibility:

Any 6-12 grade student that attends school in the US can enter!

Rules & Submission:

  • Entrants must submit one of three options via Google Form by Sunday, April 19th at 11:59PM (EST):
    • Lyrics Video (Example)
      • Use your English translation to make a visually appealing and creative video!
      • Your English translation must be visible in the video
    • Dance Video (Example)
      • Show us a cover of the original dance or choreograph your own moves!
      • Your English translation must be visible in the video
    • Voice Recording Video (Example)
      • We want to hear you sing!
      • You may record yourself singing the original Korean lyrics or your translated English lyrics
      • Your English translation must be visible in the video
  • All video submissions must
    • Include an English translation for the song of choice and have it in the video in some way, shape, or form (be creative!)
      • Yes, you may use a dictionary!
    • Choose a song or compilation of songs originated from Korea
    • Be at least 1 minute in length and no longer than 4 minutes
  • Entrants must complete our “Contest Submission Form and Terms” linked in the above Google Form
  • If a group submission, one person must be delegated to submit on behalf of the group
  • Entrants will be given a set 8-week period for entry, with winning entrants notified within a week following the deadline

Prizes (Video Sneak Preview):

  • Overall quality (video, creativity, and translation)
    • A set of Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphones
    • Mix of additional items from below
  • Most Creative Adaptation
    • K-pop Merchandise
    • Assorted Korean snacks
    • Nam Center Apparel
  • Most Fluent Translation
    • K-pop Merchandise
    • Assorted Korean snacks
    • Nam Center Apparel

Winner Selection:

  • Following the submission deadline, a panel of judges within NCKS will evaluate entrees based on:
    • How original/creative is the entry?
    • How is the clarity of the video/technical execution?
    • Is the English translation clearly visible?
    • What is the overall impression of the entry?
  • Winners will be given 5 business days to respond; should the notification return undeliverable, or can otherwise not be contacted, the potential winner may be disqualified and another entrant chosen
  • Should entries be insufficient in quality or quantity, the judges reserve the right to choose no winner
  • Winners WILL NOT attend any events due to CANCELLATION of the public event (“K-Pop Party: Trivia and Translation”). Prize and certificate will be mailed to the home of the winner.


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Our submission examples were created by students in KRSTD 290 in connection with the contest and with the University’s educational activities. Our examples may only be shared within University academic spaces with the sole purpose of increasing community knowledge of Korea and the influence of K-pop.