The DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble makes its second UK appearance: DPRK Youth Para-Ensemble UK Concert Tour 2017 DULA International is a UK charity (CHARITY NO. 1166701) dedicated to the promotion of disability welfare and the improvement of living conditions of people with disabilities in North Korea. Founded in 2012, DULA has been collaborating with the KFPD (Korean Federation for the Protection […]

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Event news: The Barberettes + Sultan of the Disco @ Borderline

by Philip Gowman 25 April 2017
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It’ll be nice to see the Barberettes again, and this time they are joined by Sultan of the Disco for a fun filled evening of retro-chic (note that this event was originally scheduled for the previous day at a venue in Camden). K-Music Showcase: The Barberettes + Sultan of The Disco Tuesday 23 May 7pm […]

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Book review: Song Sokze — The Amusing Life

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2017
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Song Sokze: The Amusing Life Translated by Se-un Kim Dalkey Archive, 2016, 233pp Originally published as 재미나는 인생, Kang Publishing Ltd, 1997 The most recent book to be discussed at the KCC’s monthly book club was Song Sokze’s The Amusing Life, a collection of around 50 short “stories”. None of these pieces will detain you […]

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Exhibition news: Between Serenity and Dynamism

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2017
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The next exhibition at the KCCUK is timed to coincide with London Craft Week: Korean Ceramics: Between Serenity and Dynamism Korean Cultural Centre UK, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Dates: 3 May – 3 June 2017 The Korean Craft and Design Foundation (KCDF) presents ‘Between Serenity and Dynamism; Korean Ceramics’, an exhibition that explores the beauty […]

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Event news: the UK ambassadors to the two Koreas talk at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 23 April 2017
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The British Korean Society is hosting a talk by our ambassadors to the two Koreas in collaboration with SOAS: An update on the UK-Korea relationship H.E Mr Charles Hay MVO (British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea) HE Mr Alastair Morgan (British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) 11 May 2017, 6:45 – […]

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Event news: Short films by UK based Korean directors

by Philip Gowman 23 April 2017
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All sorts of good things seem to happen at the Deptford Cinema. Don’t forget the screening of the Sewol documentary on Tuesday and The Journals of Musan on Wednesday, but tomorrow night, there’s this: Short films by UK based Korean directors Deptford Cinema | 39 Deptford Broadway | London SE8 4PQ | deptfordcinema.org Monday, April 24, 2017, […]

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Exhibition news: Puncheong — Crossing the timelines, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 21 April 2017
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May is shaping up to be a good month for ceramics this year. There’s this, there’s Made in Korea, there’s the Arumjigi exhibition, and a special exhibition at the V+A soon to be announced. Puncheong: Crossing the timelines Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk 5 May – […]

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Exhibition news: Arumjigi brings work of 38 artisans to London Craft Week

by Philip Gowman 20 April 2017
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The Koreans are coming to London Craft Week in force. As well as the Made in Korea ceramics exhibition at Sladmore Contemporary, there are nearly fourty artisans exhibiting courtesy of the Arumjigi Cultural Keepers Foundation. Beth McKillop came across them in the 2016 Culture Communication Forum in Seoul, and they exhibited a gorgeous set of […]

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Exhibition news: Made in Korea – Korean ceramics in Brighton and London

by Philip Gowman 17 April 2017
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Having been following some of these ceramic artists for a number of years, we’re really looking forward to this. Brighton or London, Stoke-on-Trent or Seoul – there will be a few opportunities to experience this exhibition. Made in Korea The Ceramic House 6/7, 13/14, 20/21, 27/28 May, vernissage Thursday 4th May London Craft Week showcases a […]

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Event news: Jambinai Re:Connection Tour

by Philip Gowman 17 April 2017
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It’s good to have Jambinai back in the UK for a tour. Their gigs are always a highlight in the calendar. Text below is from Bristol’s Colston Hall website. Jambinai Re:Connection Tour Sun 23 Apr 2017, 7pm: Bristol | The Lantern | Colston Hall | Book tickets Tue 25 Apr 2017, 7pm: Glasgow | O2 […]

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Event news: Channel 4 documentary + discussion — North Korea’s Reality TV Stars

by Philip Gowman 17 April 2017
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This Wednesday’s talk at the Frontline Club, originally billed as focusing on the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, will now be an opportunity to preview and discuss the Channel 4 Unreported World documentary on the subject of the South Korean TV panel show starring North Korean migrants – “Now on My Way to Meet You” (이제 […]

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A reminder of Sewol 3rd anniversary events

by Philip Gowman 13 April 2017
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The Sewol ferry disaster took place three years ago, 16 April 2014. There are three ways you can mark the sad anniversary in London: The regular monthly silent protest will be held at the north-east corner of Trafalgar Square, in front of the National Gallery, Easter Saturday, 2-4pm. The Remembering Sewol UK group has been holding this […]

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Korean Film Nights April – June 2017: On Foreign Ground

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2017
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The second season of films at the KCC this year has been curated by students from the Film Studies Programming and Curation MA programme at the National Film and Television School. The season is entitled On Foreign Ground: Visions of Migration, and focuses on stories of immigration in South Korean cinema, a theme that was […]

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Event news: KCC’s April House concert features Hyungi Lee

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2017
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April’s house concert at the KCC features percussionist Hyungi Lee: KCC House Concert: Hyungi Lee Tuesday 25 April, 7pm Reception Hall, KCCUK Free entry but booking is required. To reserve your place, please RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk Designed to support UK based Korean musicians, the KCC House Concert is a new performing arts programme at the […]

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Exhibition news: Hong Sungchul — Solid But Fluid, at Pontone Gallery

by Philip Gowman 9 April 2017
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Pontone Gallery’s latest exhibition: Hong Sungchul: Solid But Fluid 17 March – 16 April 2017 Opening reception Thursday 16 March | 6–8 pm Pontone Gallery | 43 Cadogan Gardens | London SW3 2TB | www.pontonegallery.com Mon – Fri: 10am – 7pm | Sat: 11am – 7pm | Sun: 11pm – 6pm Born in 1969 in […]

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London and Seoul sign Friendship City agreement

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2017
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When Seoul Mayor Park Wonsoon was in town yesterday he signed a “friendship city” agreement with London Mayor Sadiq Khan at City Hall. According to Yonhap, the agreement is “aimed at strengthening cooperation in nine sectors including economic democratization, improved response to climate change and digital renovation.” Earlier in the day Mayor Park was at […]

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Exhibition visit: Chosun Paintings — Beyond Borders, Beauty.

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2017
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When going along to an exhibition of work by North Korean artists you’re not quite sure what to expect. David Heather’s collection that was exhibited at La Galleria in 2007 had something for all tastes, including propaganda posters; a genre, influenced by western painting styles, that might be dismissed as Juche kitsch; and Chosonwha, which […]

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