July Jung’s debut feature, A Girl at My Door (도희야, 2014), was one of the highlights of last year’s London Korean Film Festival, so it’s good that the film is getting a tiny extra bit of UK screen time. The release date is 18 September from Peccadillo Pictures, and according to filmdates.co.uk you can catch […]

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September events

by Philip Gowman 1 September 2015
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This month is music month. And Chuseok. Music The K-music Festival is a month-long event with seven groups performing: SU:M at the Purcell Room on 1 September The Barberettes at the Forge, Camden, on 4 and 5 September No Brain at the Scala, 11 September Jambinai at the Rich Mix, 16 September Noreum Machi at […]

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Restaurant review: Chef Joo Won’s tasting menu at Galvin at Windows

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2015
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The last time I ate in the rooftop restaurant in the London Hilton was nearly thirty years ago, and somebody else was paying. It was very good, but since then much has changed. In 2006 the space was taken over by Chris Galvin (ex Orrery, Wolseley), and the establishment got a Michelin star in 2009. […]

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Event news: Infinite returns to London

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2015
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After their well-attended appearance at the Hammersmith Apollo two years ago, Infinite are returning to the Shepherds Bush Empire this year. Infinite 2nd World Tour: Infinite Effect Friday 9th October 8:00 pm O2 Shepherds Bush Empire Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8TT London. Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.ticketweb.co.uk On sale 11:00 am, 5th Sept

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Event news: K-music rising stars

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2015
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Running alongside the K-music festival is a series of three performances in the KCCUK featuring young UK-based Korean musicians. Admission is free, but booking is essential. To reserve your place, RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk or 020 7004 2600 with your details (name, contact details and number of tickets required). All performances are at 7pm at the […]

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September’s K-drama pilot screenings

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2015
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If it wasn’t such a busy week this week I’d definitely sign up for this particular evening. Not only did a lot of my friends heartily recommend Misaeng to me, but it would be interesting to see an example of the retro 1990s trend that seemed to have be running through Korean popular entertainment recently. […]

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Exhibition news: Simple, Calm, Subtle — Korean crafts at Tent London 2015

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2015
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For the second year running, the Korea Craft and Design Foundation is bringing an impressive collection of Korean crafts to Tent London. At LKL we’re particularly pleased that the work of one of our favourite ceramic artists, Roe Kyung-jo, will be included. Constancy and Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2015 Su-su, Deom-deom, Eun-eun (means Simple, […]

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Event news: Highlights of the 8th New Malden Arts Festival

by Philip Gowman 29 August 2015
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The 8th New Malden Arts Festival runs from 7th to 20th September. For full details, visit the Theatre for All website and view the official brochure. A summary of the timetable is laid out below, and a details of a couple of highlighted events which may be of interest to LKL readers. But there’s something […]

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The full programme for the V+A’s Chuseok family day on 13 September

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2015
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The Victoria & Albert Museum have released details of the treats in store on their Chuseok family day. It all looks fun, but if I could recommend one thing in particular: make a beeline for one of Sef Townsend’s story-telling sessions and you’ll be captivated – and the kids will love it too. Chuseok: Korean […]

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Book review: I’ll be right there

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2015
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Shin Kyung-sook: I’ll Be Right There Translated by Sora Kim-Russell Other Press, New York, 2014, 325pp Originally published as 어디선가 나를 찾는 전화벨이 울리고, Somewhere A Phone Is Ringing For Me, 2010 There are people who liked Shin Kyung-sook’s most famous work – Please Look After Mother – and those that didn’t. In the latter […]

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Embeddedness: Artist Films and Videos from Korea 1960s to Now

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2015
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An interesting collaboration between the KCC, Tate Modern and EXiS (the 10th Experimental Film And Video Festival In Seoul 2015) brings you a collection of Korean artist videos in a series of three two-hour screenings. Embeddedness: Artist Films and Videos from Korea 1960s to Now Tate Modern Friday 18 – Saturday 19 September 2015 Adult […]

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Event news: The Promised Land screens at the ICA

by Philip Gowman 22 August 2015
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Anna miyoung Kim continues her work looking at the hidden costs of economic development with a film screening of The Promised Land. The screening is free, but registration is essential via info@annaartproject.co.uk. The Promised Land Human Rights of Migrant Workers Köken Ergun | Kyongju Park | Santiago Sierra | Ekta Mittal and Yashiswini Raghunandan Wednesday […]

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Street food and cooking sauce start-up gets Dragon funding

by Philip Gowman 19 August 2015
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Congratulations to Ben Ansah and Sue Youn, the couple behind street food and Korean sauce company Yogiyo! who secured £50,000 of funding from one of the investors in TV show Dragons’ Den in the episode screened on Sunday 16 August. You can watch their TV pitch on the BBC website here (43’10” into episode 6 […]

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Conference news: Writing North Korean social history, at SOAS, 11 Sept

by Philip Gowman 18 August 2015
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Registration is now open for a one-day conference at SOAS on Friday 11 Sept, hosted in collaboration with the British Association for Korean Studies. I’m always amazed that these conferences are available to the public for so little outlay. Come along, and then let your hair down with punk band No Brain later that evening. […]

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Event report: the 2015 Trafalgar Square Korean Festival

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2015
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Trafalgar Square is one of London’s premier venues for free open-air events, and Korea is ideally situated to take advantage of the space to showcase its culture, given that the Cultural Centre is a stone’s throw away. The square had already hosted two Korean festivals in the summer of 2007 and 2008, presenting a mixture of […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — Korean National Gugak Centre, 30 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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The final concert in K-music 2015. And the programme ends with a lively sinawi. Good choice. K-Music: Korean National Gugak Centre Wednesday 30 September | 7:30PM LONDON Lilian Baylis Studio | Sadler’s Wells | Rosebery Avenue | London EC1R 4TN £15 + Booking fee The Korean National Gugak Centre is one of the great arts […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — Pansori Night, 23 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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This could be the highlight of the 2015 K-music series, and it’s free – to help celebrate Chuseok: K-Music: The Pansori Night Wednesday 23 September | 7:30PM LONDON Cadogan Hall | 5 Sloane Terrace | London SW1X 9DQ FREE but ticketed The Pansori Night will bring together six talented performers for an evening of music, […]

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