R-16 Korea 2013: World B-Boy Masters Championship, the biggest urban art event in Korea, took place from July 12-14, following four months of preliminary contests that took place all over the world.
Organized by the Korea Tourism Organization and marking its 7th year, R-16 Korea 2013: World B-Boy Masters Championship showcased urban art in Korea in tandem with other elements of hip hop.
Olympic Park underwent a three-day transformation as the venue for R-16 Korea 2013, hosting a range of urban art festivities including a graffiti festival, tattoo and street markets and the world finals of the solo and crew battles.
Photo) R-16 venue Olympic Hall (Top)/ Graffiti Festival (Bottom left)/ Street Market (Bottom right)
As the honorary ambassador of R-16 Korea for three years running, K-pop star Jay Park gave a speech to welcome and encourage b-boys and dancers from around the world at the official press conference held on Press Day on Friday, July 12.
Photo) Jay Park, honorary ambassador of R-16 Korea 2013 (Top)/ Participants and judges of R-16 Korea 2013 at the opening event at Olympic Parktel (Bottom)
After the press conference attended by journalists and participants, the World Open Elimination of R-16 Korea 2013: World B-Boy Masters Championship took place at Club Able in Itaewon to give artists a final chance to win the last spots at the finals. The final preliminaries included the categories of solo popping, solo locking and solo b-boy.
Photo) The World Open Elimination at Club Able in Itaewon
On the afternoon of Saturday, July 13, Olympic Hall filled with anticipation for the finals in solo popping, solo locking and solo b-boy battles.
Photo) R-16 Korea 2013's venue Olympic Hall
Photo) B-boy Morris from the U.S. performs in the solo b-boy final
Photo) Atzo of Japan performs in the solo popping final.
Despite falling on a rainy day amid Korea's monsoon season on Sunday, July 14, the b-boy crew battles drew a lot of attention and excitement from the audience on the final day of the championship. B-boy crews showcased their creativity, originality and incredible skills on the stage, competing with each other to take home the No. 1 spot.
Competition was fierce between the representative teams from France, Australia, Russia, Japan, China, the U.S., Taiwan, and South Korea. In the final battle, Morning of Owl (Korea) went up against Body Carnival (Japanese team), and in the end was crowned the winner of the B-boy Crew Battle.
Photo) Teams go head-to-head in the b-boy crew battle
With the top b-boys and dancers from around the world, the event's theme of RESPECT was under the spotlight, along with a series of jaw-dropping performances that were televised, posted on the R-16 site, and enjoyed by the audience.
R-16 Korea 2013 included a range of performances by world-class artists. This year's guest showcase did not disappoint, featuring judges including Salah (France), Blue Whale Brothers + Khan and Moon (Korea), Jinjo Crew (Korea), Monster Woo Fam (Korea), and Korean Assassin (Korea) performed on the stage with special guests B-girl Terra and B-girl Eddie (U.K.).
Photo) Salah (Left)/ Blue Whale Brothers + Khan and Moon (Top right)/ Monster Woo Fam (Bottom right)
Providing a place for artists from around the world to meet up regardless of nationality or language and with a common love of dance, R-16 Korea 2013 finally closed its three-day run with a concert by Korean artists Dok2, Beenzino and Jay Park.
Photo) Guest showcase performances by Dok2, Beenzino and Jay Park