BTS Festa 2023 Highlights: New OT7 Song, Special Event for Fans, Fun Group Photos, letters from RM, Jimin and J-Hope
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- June 13, 2023, marks the tenth debut anniversary of the most popular K-Pop band BTS
- Even though two members of the group are serving in the military, the group has made sure that their anniversary celebrations happen on a grand scale
- Major landmarks in Seoul are decked up in purple colour to mark this anniversary, and there are billboards displayed all around the world
The love the South Korean Boy Band BTS receives from the ARMY worldwide is unprecedented. While the ARMY loves the seven-member band unconditionally, BTS reciprocates their affection in equal measure. Jin (Kim Seok-jin), Suga (Min Yoon-gi/Agust D), J-Hope (Jung Ho-seok), RM (Kim Nam-joon), Jimin (Park Ji-min), V (Kim Tae-hyung), and Jungkook (Jeon Jung-kook), form the seven-member BTS (Bangtan Boys) bamd.
BTS debuted in 2013 with their single album 2 Cool 4 Skool under Big Hit Entertainment. Popular singles of this album include ‘We Are Bulletproof Pt.2’ and ‘No More Dream’. As of January 2022, over 430,000 copies of this album had been sold. Every year, BTS Festa takes place around the anniversary, and fans get a lot of new content. Last year, the fans got a brand new song from Jungkook for this special day. This year, the fans expected the celebrations for this landmark anniversary to be muted as BTS is on a hiatus and two members – Jin and J-Hope are serving their mandatory time in the military.
However, the boys have decided to give fans a big surprise this year, and there is a lot of new content being shared, and celebrations are underway worldwide. It all started with the BigHit dropping the Festa timeline on May 30. Based on the emoticons, fans could guess what is in store for them for the next few days.
— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) May 30, 2023
Seoul turns Purple
Purple is the colour that is associated with the BTS and its fandom. BTS’ member V coined the term ‘Borahae’ or ‘I Purple You’ in 2016 to denote their endless and selfless love for the fans. In 2022, Google and YouTube also rolled out a unique feature that enabled fans to see Purple hearts and balloons when they search for BTS on these platforms. By clicking on these balloons, fans can hear the members say, “I Purple You”.
This year, for the tenth celebration, all major landmarks in Seoul have been lit in purple colour. These include Seoul City Hall Main Building, Namsan Seoul Tower, Sejong Center (Gwanghwamun Square), Lotte World Tower, Banpo Bridge, Seoul Outdoor Library in Gwanghwamun (Gwanghwamun Lounge), World Cup Bridge and Yanghwa Bridge. The HYBE building, too, has been lit up in purple.
This shot is truly breathtaking! The magnificient look of Banpo bridge illuminated with purple light
Thinking about @BTS_twt getting all these pictures sent to them by fam & friends.
— cestlavie_90⁷ (@cestlavie9090) June 12, 2023
BTS New Digital Single Take Two
As a part of the Festa celebrations, BTS released a new digital single titled Take Two. The soundtrack has the vocals of all seven members and was recorded in advance to be released during these celebrations. The fans are moved by Jin’s powerful voice in this song, and the message BTS has shared with the fans via this song.
RM’s Special Event at Yeouido
RM will host a unique event to interact with fans at Yeouido as part of the BTS Festa 2023. The fans will have the chance to speak with RM in person through this on-site radio programme, which is called 5 PM, and This is Kim Namjun. It will be an hour-long fan interaction and will take place from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. KST on June 17. Fans across the world, including India, will be able to stream it on Weverse
Fireworks Show Narrated By Jungkook
A captivating fireworks display, narrated by Jungkook, is one of the highlights of the BTS 10th debut anniversary celebrations. This one-of-a-kind occasion will honour the group’s accomplishments over the past ten years and celebrate their journey. The ‘BTS 10th Anniversary Fireworks Show’ will run from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. KST. While spectators can view the fireworks from several spots, a “Firework Spectacle Zone” has also been set and select fans chosen via lucky draw will be able to watch these fireworks up close. This event, too, will be streamed live on Weverse and have deferred live streaming on TikTok.
Experience and Exhibition Spaces
The exhibition and experience event for the ARMY will be underway at Yeouido Hangang Park on June 17th, 2023, before RM’s special event and Jungkook’s firework narration. The event timing is 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Korean Standard Time.
Things To Look Forward To
- Run BTS Stage Wear Exhibition
- Temporary tattoo parlour with BTS’s profound phrases.
- Tenth Festa Monument with the slogan BTS Presents Everywhere
- BTS Family Portraits Photo Zone
- Ten Years of BTS: Trip Down Memory Lane
- From 12 to 10 p.m., the BTS Live Screen will be available for its key performances.
BTS Hoardings with personalised messages
The first FESTA gift the fans got this year was a hoarding with messages from all seven members. Through these posters Jin, Suga, J-Hope (Jung Ho-seok), RM Jimin (Park Ji-min), V/Tae, and Jungkook thanked the fans for their support and wished that they continue to be happy together.
Suchwita with Jin
Fans were also able to see the special episode of Suchwita with Jin. This episode was shot four days before Jin enlisted, and it was mentioned right in the first few seconds that it was his request to air this episode in the warm month of June. This and some other moments from the show tugged at the heartstrings of fans as they continue to miss and pray for his safe return. J-Hope also made a special appearance in the episode and made it even more special.
On June 3, 2023, BANGBANGCON was streamed on YouTube and Weverse, and fans could enjoy “BTS 5th Muster: Magic Shop” and “BTS 2021 MUSTER SOWOOZOO”. This was followed by the “MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E” concert.
BTS Solo Documentaries in Cinemas
Armies around the world will also be able to enjoy BTS’ Solo documentaries – ‘J-Hope in the Box’ and ‘Suga: Road to D-Day’ in cinemas from June 17, 2023. These documentaries were released earlier this year and are already available on Disney+ Hotstar.
Jimin’s Special Song Dedication for Army
Last year Jungkook came out with a song for the Army. This year, Jimin has released a special track titled Dear Army and he even showcased his ‘7’ friendship tattoo at the end of the song.
A Special Message From J-Hope, Jimin and RM
Right on the 12th of June, Army got another surprise in the form of a personal handwritten letter from J-Hope. Since J-Hope is in the military right now, this message was also penned earlier and shared with the fans on the said date. Read below for the English translation of the letter.
RM, who is the leader of the group, also penned a heartfelt letter for the fans of the group and thanked them for supporting them through this journey.
Jimin also opened up about his feeling on the Weverse platform in a long note. He mentioned how he debuted at the age of 19 and how much has changed over the course of the year.
The seven members are known for their chaotic dynamics, and on the occasion of the FESTA 2023, fans also got a brand new photoshoot of the seven members. Fans can see their bond and 10-year friendship through these pictures and are looking for more.
Happy 10th anniversary BTS!