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Fanchants and Fingerhearts: A Night of K-Pop Stanning


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Calling all K-pop stans! Nothing’s going to kill our love, so join us for an evening of readings, art and performances celebrating the world of K-pop and the passionate and talented fans who have made it a global phenomenon.

About the event

Did you ‘just want to learn their names’ and now find yourself streaming MVs on repeat? Does an aegyo make your heart melt? Have you bought CDs even though you don’t own a CD player? How many photocards do you own?

This July, celebrate the world of K-pop and its global community of passionate and talented fans as five special guests share readings, reflections, art and dance inspired by this global sensation.

Join host Diem Nguyen as we explore fan art with artist Erin Kim, obsess over SHINee’s Taemin with poet and Shawol Anita Solak, hear from performance artist Ari Tampubolon about their TWICE bias, share the girl group love with musician and poet Hannah Wu, and learn how stanning BTS changed curator and self-described #casualfan Sophia Cai’s creative work. Then, dust off your light sticks as Bias Dance Crew take to the stage.

Whether you’re a dedicated stan, a casual listener or just curious about this worldwide phenomenon, head to the Wheeler Centre and get ready to ROAR.

Hannah Wu will appear via video.

Artwork by Erin Kim


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BIAS DANCE Crew cover of “I AM” by IVE (아이브)


Bias Dance Crew

We are a co-ed dance crew from the Unimelb Kpop Club (UKC), based at the University of Melbourne in Australia! We currently have 28 members.

Sophia Cai

Sophia Cai 蔡晨昕 is a curator and arts writer based in Narrm/Melbourne, Australia. She currently teaches at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne and Monash Art Design & Architecture, Monash University, while also maintaining an independent curating and writing practice. She... Read more

Erin Kim

Erin Kim has used story telling as a form of expression about herself and current interests. Seen through her paintings “Belonging” and “Acceptance” which were showcased in Top Arts 2021. Exploring her identity and adolescence living in Australia as a Korean-Australian. Addit... Read more

Diem Nguyen

Diem is the Wheeler Centre’s Program Coordinator. She has worked at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Writers Victoria, and the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Gender Studies and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management, both ... Read more

Anita Solak

Anita Solak is a poet, writer and editor living and working on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her work can be found in Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Cordite, Going Down Swinging, Runway Journal, and The Suburban Review among others. She has been a poetry editor at Voiceworks and is a 2023 Wheel... Read more

Ari Tampubolon

Ari Tampubolon (b. Pekanbaru, Indonesia and based in Melbourne, Australia) is a performance artist working across filmmaking, writing, experimental performance, and commercial drag forms. Ari’s research practice serves to document the detritus of western cultural neo-imperialism and its influence ... Read more

Hannah Wu

Hannah Wu is a writer and musician from Aotearoa, studying on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her writing has been published with or is forthcoming with Yale Art History Journal, At The Above Gallery, Liminal Magazine, Pantera Press, Australian Poetry Journal, The Performance Review, Cordite Poetry Revie... Read more


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