Relive Kollaboration Chicago Showcase 2016

Breaking into the entertainment industry is not easy. Many factors play into “making it big” like knowing the right people, being better than the next guy and having the strength to keep swimming against the tide. For Asian Americans, it can be even harder with the abundance of media-driven stereotypes and lack of resources.

Kollaboration is an Asian and Pacific Islander (API) non-profit organization that hosts talent competitions and brings visibility to performers in mainstream entertainment and media. Kollaboration Chicago hosted Showcase 2016 on July 9th at the intimate Lincoln Hall. […]

First Open Mic Night – A Success!

For those of you who came out, we hope you enjoyed our first Kollaboration Chicago event of 2015! On January 15th, we held our very first open mic night at Jerry’s, located in Wicker Park. Over 70 attended to support 18 very talented performers. The venue hit capacity with people fully engaged in the performances and simply having a great time. […]

By |February 10th, 2015|Events, Executive Board, Finalists|

Tips for a Great Audition

Hello Everyone! Daphne here~ Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful summer weather.

Last month we had another successful audition for our annual showcase event.  With lots of hopefuls eager to perform on stage, we had the difficult decision in choosing our six finalists (you can hear more about them later on). What was all common with these talented individuals was that they had to go through our deadly audition process with our executive board members. *dun dun dun duuuunn* […]

By |June 17th, 2014|Auditions, Events, Finalists|

Showcase 2013 Highlight Video

Check out some behind the scenes footage and other great moments at Kollaboration Chicago’s 2013 main event! […]

By |January 22nd, 2014|Events, Finalists|

Alvin Lau Wins Kollaboration Chicago 2013 Showcase

It’s hard to believe that the Kollaboration 2013 showcase was just over a week ago. On Saturday, September 29, as a passionate group of Kollaboration staff worked diligently to make this the best Kollaboration Chicago show yet, our 12 finalists were onstage, blowing the judges away with their performances.

Before the audience stepped out of the auditorium for intermission, it was already clear: the talent on that stage was real.

By |October 9th, 2013|Events, Finalists, Guests Performers and Judges, Past Winners, Show Guests|

Reflections of Kollaboration Chicago 2012 Winner Jun Sung Ahn

On the evening of July 7, 2012, Jun Sung Ahn was crowned Kollaboration Chicago 2012 winner and took home the $1,000 grand prize! His seamless integration of the violin and Chinese yo-yo wowed the judges and marked one of the most memorable events in Jun Sung’s life. In that moment, Jun Sung realized that he loves performing for an audience and he will never stop chasing after his dreams. […]

By |September 23rd, 2013|Finalists, Past Winners|

Sneak Peak: Check out the 2013 music video teaser!

Before our official 2013 music video debuts next week, we’re giving you a preview of our twelve finalists doing what they do best!

By |August 21st, 2013|Finalists, Music Video|

Behind The Scenes with Finalists Twenty-Thirteen

What do you get when you combine eleven vocalists, a rapper, two instrumentalists, one dance group, and one spoken word artist? The Kollaboration Chicago 2013 Music Video, of course! It all started in an intimate third floor recording studio and fanned out to the Chicago streets, from Gold Coast to Old Chinatown. […]

By |August 5th, 2013|Executive Board, Finalists, Music Video|

Embrace the Power of Entertainment

I always thought I knew what it meant to bring “Empowerment through Entertainment,” but it was something I only knew by head, not by heart. However, as I spent a whole day with our 2013 show finalists in The Jungle recording studio, getting to know them on a personal level and seeing them work together to bring out their best for our promo video, I’ve realized, for the first time, how real the power of entertainment is. […]

By |July 29th, 2013|Auditions, Finalists|

Announcing the 2013 finalists!

Last month’s auditions brought together another group of amazing performers from the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. The talent and depth was so extraordinary, it was particularly difficult to choose who would move on to the big show. […]

By |July 10th, 2013|Finalists|