[EVENT] EOY J-Culture Festival’s 10th Anniversary lineup features AKB48 graduate Riona Hamamatsu, Ola Aphrodite, Niji Universe Inc. and local idols

[EVENT] EOY J-Culture Festival’s 10th Anniversary lineup features AKB48 graduate Riona Hamamatsu, Ola Aphrodite, Niji Universe Inc. and local idols

Singapore, 29 November 2018 – EOY J-Culture Festival 2018 celebrates its 10th Anniversary at Suntec City Hall 403, on 29 and 30 December 2018.

The lineup of overseas guests includes former AKB48 Team 8 idol Riona Hamamatsu, cosplay idol Ola Aphrodite and members from idol group Niji Universe Inc. Fans will get to watch them perform live, meet them up-close, and purchase their official merchandise. For Hamamatsu, EOY will be her maiden overseas stage. Hamamatsu is carving out her solo career since graduating from AKB48, and Singapore is her first step towards going international.

Event attendees will also get to enjoy two full days of live renditions of Japanese pop and anime songs, dances and instrumentals by home-grown idol groups and talents. Each year, the organising team receives over hundred applications from local talents who wish to perform at EOY. The cream of the crop are carefully picked via a round of auditions spanning across three days. Familiar faces would include Tokimeki Jump, Natsuiro Party and Mechapen, but fans will also be glad to discover new and rising talents. Special evening segments include a DJ party and an original dance recital choreographed by the local J-culture dance community.

To promote active participation from the youth community, EOY is collaborating with NTU’s Japanese Appreciation Club and Visual Art Society, ITE Central’s ​​Japanese Pop Culture Research Club​​ and ​​the ITE ​​College East Anime Manga Cosplay Club to generate content for the event. The school clubs will organise and run traditional festival-style game booths. Student volunteers from ITE Central’s ​​Japanese Pop Culture Research Club​​ will help the organising team to support the operations of the event.

Other attractions include:
Artist alley selling an array of original and fan-made creations by artists from Singapore and the Asean region
Official anime merchandise
Cosplay and photography

Tickets are selling online at $11.90 for 1 day and $17.90 for two days on our official website: www.theeoy.com

About EOY:
Since 2009, EOY J-Culture Festival is one of the largest Japanese pop-culture festivals in Singapore, offering an avenue for J-pop, anime and lovers of Japanese culture to congregate and parade their passion through self-made performances, cosplay, illustrations, photography and more.

We are a non-profit organization that seeks to promote arts and the development of talents in young people. The organising team is made up of a group of volunteers who do the work they do out of love and passion for J-Culture.

Website: www.theeoy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theeoy/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClaiQmNEkXFWf18tDIkfd3g/featured

EOY J-Culture Festival 2018 Overseas Artistes Factsheet

Riona Hamamatsu graduated from the popular Japanese idol girl group AKB48. She was a member of Team 8. After graduation, she remained active in the Japanese entertainment industry, doing modeling, reporting, singing and stage plays. She also does dance covers, which she shares on her Youtube account. Her first single release “Never Give Up!!” since her solo debut went on sale on 31 August this year.

Riona is well-versed in English, and her debut overseas performance at EOY J-Culture Festival 2018 is her first step towards engaging the international market.

Official social media accounts:
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/riobluestar
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riona_hamamatsu/?hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/miss_sophia_no1?lang=en

Ola Aphrodite is an Idol, Dancer, Singer, and Model from Indonesia. She started her modelling career at a tender age of 5, for various children’s brands. She was a member of Shojo Complex Idol Group in 2016 and graduated to pursue a solo career.

Ola is also a professional cosplayer, and has, in recent years, been invited to attend various conventions in Asia as a guest cosplayer and performer.

Official social media accounts:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olaaphrodite/?hl=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OlaAphrodite/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcFklI-gjBDslX3ofsFIDfw

Niji Universe Inc. is the first Japanese-idol-style idol group from Vietnam. Their slogan is “Color the world”. They aim to be youthful, energetic, cute, lively and colorful like the rainbow, and to bring their fans joy and happiness.

Since 2016, the members have been performing dance and song covers, which they share on their social media. As they gained a larger social media presence, they have gone on to perform live shows at various Japanese pop and idol festivals in Vietnam and the SEA region.

The three members who will attend J-Culture Festival 2018 are leader Kami Fuurin, Mochi and Aini.

Official social media accounts:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Nijiuniverseinc
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/NijiGroup
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Nijiuniverseinc
Instagram: https://instagram.com/Nijiuniverseinc

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