Back in April this year, we posted an advertisement seeking an actor for an upcoming short film about a young North Korean girl living in Britain. That role, Mi Young, has now been filled – and she could almost have been born to take the role. Writer and director In-sook Chappell commented: “After meeting Mi […]

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Those foreigner-friendly cookery books keep on coming…

by Philip Gowman 26 July 2016
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Time was when you really couldn’t lay your hands on a cookery book focusing on Korean food that was written by someone who understood the UK market. We were all waiting for Judy Joo’s Korean Food Made Simple – which according to Amazon was published on 19 May this year, though it was available on […]

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Concert notes: China, Korea and Syria at Club Inégales

by Philip Gowman 25 July 2016
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The final gig of Club Inégales’ current season was predictably unpredictable. You know the format in advance, but you never know what the outcome will be. The house band, or subsets of it, improvise in the first set; in the second set the guests solo; and in the third set everyone plays together, cross fertilising […]

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Event news: House Concert with Jason Bae

by Philip Gowman 23 July 2016
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News of an upcoming piano recital at the KCC: The House Concert with Jason Bae Tue 26 July 2016, 7pm  l  Korean Cultural Centre UK  Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW The Korean Cultural Centre invites you to ‘The House Concert’ to hear an exciting programme featuring young Korean pianist Jason Bae. Free entry with drinks and […]

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Event news: Lee Seok-hoon’s Himalaya screens at Regent Street Cinema

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2016
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The third of the KCCUK’s teaser screenings for the 2016 London Korean Film Festival is on 4 August at the Regent Street Cinema. Its star Hwang Jung-min told audiences at last year’s film festival that Himalaya had been the most exhausting film he had worked on. Find out why by watching it. The Himalayas (히말라야) […]

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Event news: Maya Youssef, Cheng Yu & Hyelim Kim at Club Inégales

by Philip Gowman 14 July 2016
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Following on from the inspirational double bill at the Spitalfields Festival, Notes Inégales appear again with soloists Maya Youssef, Cheng Yu and Hyelim Kim for what will be another memorable night of music-making: Maya Youssef, Cheng Yu & Hyelim Kim Saturday 23rd July 2016, door 7.00pm Club Inégales | 180 North Gower Street | London NW1 2NB […]

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Event news: Kang Ik-joong’s floating installation for Totally Thames

by Philip Gowman 13 July 2016
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New York based Korean artist Kang Ik-joong will have a work prominently displayed on the river by the Millennium Bridge as part of the Totally Thames festival this September. The official release from the Totally Thames website is reproduced below, and Yonhap has a report from today’s press launch in Seoul. Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong […]

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Event news: My Teacher, Mr. Kim and King of Jokgu are July’s films at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 11 July 2016
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July brings another opportunity to see The King of Jokgu, which screened at the London Korean Film Festival in 2014. I’m not sure we’ve had a chance to see My Teacher Mr Kim before, but 2003 was a good year for Korean movies. Reservations as usual via the KCC website. My Teacher, Mr. Kim (선생 […]

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Exhibition visit: Koo Jeong A upgrades Charing Cross

by Philip Gowman 4 July 2016
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When we visited the Venice Biennale in 2009, one of the installations in the Giardini was by Koo Jeong A entitled A Reality Upgrade & End Alone (2009). The installation involved the sprinkling of 3,000 rhinestones on the grass near the cafeteria, which should have resulted in the tired lawn miraculously coming alive with fairy dust. And indeed that’s […]

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July events 2016

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2016
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Well, I was right. My guess that the evening with Gamin and Notes Inégales was going to be the event of last month was spot on. And this month the highlight will be the gig at Club Inégales on 23 July. The informal discussion of Park Wan-suh’s short stories on 28 July should also be […]

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Event news: Koo Jeong A’s Art Night installation in Charing Cross

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2016
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News of a one-off experience featuring an installation by Koo Jeong A in the disused Jubilee Line terminus under Trafalgar Square: Art Night: Disused Jubilee Line, Charing Cross Underground Station: Koo Jeong A 2 July 2016 This project runs 5pm-12am. Advance bookings only via ICA website. Koo Jeong A creates a new site-specific installation that […]

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Exhibition news: Oh Se-Yeol — The Layers of Memory, at Pontone Gallery

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2016
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News of Shine Artists’ upcoming exhibition in their new space, Pontone Gallery: Oh Se-Yeol | The Layers of Memory Pontone Gallery | 43 Cadogan Gardens | London SW3 2TB | www.pontonegallery.com 1 – 24 July 2016 Tues – Fri: 10am – 7pm | Sat: 11am – 7pm | Sun: 12pm – 6pm The directors of […]

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Concert notes: Gamin and Notes Inégales at the Spitalfields Festival

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2016
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When we previewed the double bill at Wilton’s Music Hall featuring Purcell with Korean, Middle Eastern and western instruments, improvisation and more, we had an inkling that the evening might be something special. And we were darn right. This was music making and entertainment that is rare to find anywhere. First, the Purcell. King Arthur / the […]

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Another way to make sure your Korea trip is very busy

by Philip Gowman 16 June 2016
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In planning my 2016 Korea trip I found two websites invaluable: firstly, the Cultural Heritage Administration site, which provides a wealth of information as to the various sites of interest throughout the country. I talk about this tool here. Secondly, there is the Korean Tourism Organisation website. This is an obvious place to look, but […]

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Korean performers and artists at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2016
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Once again there’s a strong Korean showing at the Fringe this year. It’s particularly nice to see Modl Theatre in the UK again, this time with three productions. Two of them are geared towards families and children, but the third is a something darker: a new and topical production on the theme of the wartime […]

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Event news: HaHaHa and Singles are June’s screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2016
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June’s screenings at the KCC are HaHaHa, one of Hong Sang-soo’s most approachable films (LKL review here), and Singles, a film which Anthony Leong describes as “a breezy concoction brimming with wit and charisma that entertains without relying on dumbed down comedy or exaggerated theatrics.” A good month then. Reservations as usual via the KCC […]

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Exhibition news: Seoung Ku Lee — From Nature: Mental Images, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 12 June 2016
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News of an exhibition in the gallery formerly known as Mokspace: From Nature: Mental Images Seoung Ku Lee 16th June – 30th June 2016 Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm Han Collection is pleased to present ‘From Nature’, an exhibition of […]

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