Entertainment News Roundup: K-pop’s BTS may still be able to perform while doing military service – minister; At 75, the Edinburgh Festival is more determined than ever to heal divisions and more

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K-pop’s BTS may still be able to perform while doing military service – minister

K-pop boy group BTS may still be able to perform overseas while serving in the military, South Korea’s defense minister said on Monday, as the country debates reducing the Mandatory military service for K-pop stars at three weeks to around two years. The question becomes increasingly clear with the oldest member of the group, Jin, who turns 30 next year. Under a 2019 law review, globally recognized K-pop stars were allowed to defer service for up to 30 years.

At 75, the Edinburgh Festival more determined than ever to heal divisions

Self-proclaimed working-class playwright Kieton Saunders-Browne used to think the Edinburgh Fringe wasn’t for people like him – until a fund set up to attract a more diverse cast of performers to the largest art festival in the world steps in to help. The 24-year-old Londoner, of Irish and Caribbean descent, is using a Generate Fund grant to direct his play ‘Block’d Off’, which runs at the city’s Pleasance Theater from August 3 and breaks the cycle of deprivation which is at the center of the work.

Inspired by ABBA, digital popstar Polar aims for real-world debut

After headlining a festival in the metaverse, virtual singer and influencer Polar has ambitions to perform in the real world – taking inspiration from avatar gigs pioneered by Swedish pop giants ABBA, said the digital team behind it. The creation of media company TheSoul Publishing, Polar currently only exists in virtual world environments and on social media.

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