MCM Pop Asia

Pop Asia

Otakus, K-Pop and J-Pop stans unite!

Pop Asia is a celebration of everything awesome about ESEA pop-culture.

Want to dance like BTS, learn to be an origami folding legend, become a Pokémon gym leader for a weekend or just gush over your new-found manga obsession? Pop Asia is your home!

What’s on in Pop Asia?

Performance Space

Learn the steps to your favourite K-Pop track, watch jaw-dropping demonstrations, or join in with interactive games; Pop Asia is a melting pot of talent. Watch this space to see who will be at the show!

Think you’ve got what it takes to wow the crowds? Applications for May 2023 have now closed. Check back later in the year to apply to take part in our London October and Birmingham shows.

Travel the Globe…

…without leaving East London. Pop Asia is the place for the inquisitive to learn something new.

We’re proud to partner with some of London’s most prominent cultural groups to celebrate the best of Asian pop-culture. Try your hand at Manga drawing, take in a Martial Arts presentation or try your hand at traditional dance; the world is your oyster!

Feeling peckish? Head to one of our many food vendors and sample everything from Onigiri, Lumpia and Udon noodles to tasty Taiyaki, fluffy Bao Buns and Bubble Tea. Careful, they’re hot!


NEW for 2022: Pop Asia’s drop-in workshop programme will run throughout the weekend, giving you the chance to try your hand at something new. Check back closer to the show for full scheduling details!


Did you know…? According to ancient Japanese legend, if you fold one thousand cranes you will be granted a wish! Get started today in our Origami workshop run by members of the British Origami Society and learn some creative paper folding skills!

Manga Drawing

Discover your inner Mangaka; figure out the basics, draw your manga-style portrait, or try out a specific technique…we’ve got everything you need to get creative!

Who Will Be In Pop Asia?