Red Velvet's Irene and Seulgi to perform at Time100 Talks

Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi (left), a sub-unit of the South Korean girl group Red Velvet, will put on a performance next Tuesday.
Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi (left), a sub-unit of the South Korean girl group Red Velvet, will put on a performance next Tuesday.PHOTO: REDVELVET. SMTOWN/INSTAGRAM

SEOUL • There will be a splash of red at the Time100 Talks this month.

According to South Korean pop culture news outlet Soompi, Red Velvet's Irene and Seulgi will be performing at the event next week.

The Time100 Talks, organised by Time Magazine, is an online conference series that brings together an ensemble of trailblazers and leaders from a range of fields. Launched in April, the talks hope to spotlight innovative solutions to problems the world faces in the 21st century as well as encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The next episode, which will be released next Tuesday, focuses on global leadership and features United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and actress Michelle Yeoh, who is also a UN Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador.

Others in attendance include former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, African Leadership Group chief executive Fred Swaniker and, of course, Red Velvet's new sub-unit, Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi.

According to Time, the duo will be treating attendees with a special performance. Red Velvet - Irene & Seulgi released their first extended play, Monster, last month.

This is not the first time a K-pop group has performed at the Time100 Talks series.

In June, South Korean boy group Monsta X delighted fans with performances of Someone's Someone (2020) and Flow (2020) at the Time100 Talks: Finding Hope conference, which discussed the rebuilding of the post-pandemic economy.

This is also not Red Velvet's first participation in a prestigious diplomatic event. The SM Entertainment five-member girl group, which formed in 2014, was the only K-pop group to perform for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018's Spring Is Coming concert - a peace concert aimed at improving relationships between the two Koreas - in Pyongyang.


Correction note: This article has been edited to reflect the correct number of members in Red Velvet. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2020, with the headline 'Red Velvet's Irene and Seulgi to perform at Time100 Talks'. Print Edition | Subscribe