In the crazy world of K-pop, where you can have a “comeback” without ever having announced your retirement, you can, according to the below PR, also have an international tour before you officially “debut”. Now having had their debut, the new K-pop group K.A.R.D are already seasoned travelers and are coming to the University of […]

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Battleship Island gets a UK release

by Events Editor 9 August 2017
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Last summer it was Kim Seong-hun’s Tunnel that got a UK release even while the movie was still topping the Korean box office. This year the summer blockbuster Battleship Island, released in Korea on 27 July, gets some London screenings just two weeks later, from 11 August. The film raked in $27 million in box […]

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Event news: G-Dragon tour comes to London and Birmingham

by Events Editor 4 August 2017
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After the full group came to London in 2012, G-DRAGON returns on his own to play at the National Exhibition Centre and Wembley Arena. His agency, YG, comments “G-DRAGON has built quite a name for himself by participating in high profile fashion shows and events. However, now G-DRAGON’s fans in Europe will actually be able […]

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Event news: A lacquer masterclass at the V+A

by Events Editor 2 August 2017
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An opportunity to get behind the scenes of the V+A’s lacquer collection: Lustrous Surfaces: East Asian Lacquer Masterclass ART STUDIO 10:15 – 16:45 Sackler Centre for the Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum 8 November 2017 Join expert curators and conservators from the V&A on a unique exploration of the traditions and techniques of East Asian […]

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August events 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2017
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The main focus is on Edinburgh this month, with twenty Korean acts performing at the Fringe throughout the month and Hwang Sok-yong appearing at the book festival on 16 August. In London: Exhibitions The KCC’s exhibition Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive lasts until 19 August; Through their eyes: depicting Korea and UK then […]

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Korean culture gets more mainstream (and what it means for LKL)

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2017
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A week or so ago Time Out, London’s leading event listings magazine, asked its readers to recommend their favourite Korean places in London and New Malden. I passed it on to the LKL Facebook Group without giving it much further thought, vaguely interested that the survey was in progress, interested also in the knowledgeable responses […]

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Fringe 2017: two early recommendations

by Philip Gowman 30 July 2017
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To help give a taste of the range of Korean talent at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the KCC hosted a showcase of four of the acts, at the Lilian Baylis Studio. Of these, the stand-out performances were Behind the Mirror and Black and White Tea Room — Counsellor. LKL went along to the event hoping […]

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6th LKFF 2017 Teaser: Jang Hoon’s Taxi Driver

by Events Editor 23 July 2017
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How did we manage to squeeze in six teasers this year? Anyway, the latest is possibly one of the most anticipated Korean movies of the year so far. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectation. Taxi Driver (택시 운전사) Director: Jang Hoon, 2017, 137mins Cast: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol UK Premiere […]

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K-music 2017 – an introduction to this year’s programme

by Philip Gowman 22 July 2017
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This year’s K-music festival is the biggest yet, with nine concerts lined up for the series, and with only one act which could be described as from the mainstream indie world, the programme promises to be the most interesting yet. As is fitting in the year of UK-Korea cultural collaboration, many of the concerts this […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Park Jiha, 25 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Park Jiha’s appearance in the Purcell Room at K-music 2015 was something rather special (LKL review here), and her album Communion was one of our favourites of 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 Korean Music Awards in two categories. A great way to round off K-music 2017. Jiha Park: Communion Wednesday 25 October 2017, 8pm […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Kingston Rudieska, 23 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Kingston Rudieska bring the Caribbean summer to Autumn in London: Kingston Rudieska Monday 23 October 2017, 8:30pm Borderline | Orange Yard | Manette St | Soho | London W1D 4JB Book tickets Seoul may not be first city you think of when you say “Ska!”, but there is a fanatical ska and reggae movement there, […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — AUX, 15 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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This concerts promises to be intensely exciting, and Rich Mix is the perfect venue for it. AUX (억스) Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA | richmix.org.uk Sunday 15 October 2017, 8:30pm Book tickets Psychedelic pansori-rock from Korea crashlands in Shoreditch en route to the Womex festival. AUX bring together screaming […]

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Event news: K-music + Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Love, 11 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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The fourth Korean Sounds concert this year, which also forms part of the K-Music festival, is on the theme of love: Korean Sounds – East Meets West: Love Wednesday 11 October, 7.30pm Kings Place, Hall One Tickets from £9.50 Book here: Kings Place/Korean Sounds Universally and in all ages, music has been a messenger of love […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Woojae Park, Soumik Datta + Shogo Yoshii, 9 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Woojae Park is best known in Europe for his beautiful collaborations with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui – he created the music for Fractus V, which played at Sadlers Wells and toured worldwide. In a rave review, The Guardian described the music as ‘a marvellous braid of sound, fusing Middle Eastern influences to a wildly ecstatic […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Hyelim Kim + Alice Zawadzki, 2 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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A major theme running through this year’s K-music festival is that of collaboration between Korean and Western musicians. Hyelim Kim has been collaborating across genres for many years, most recently at Club Inegales. Her collaboration with vocalist / violinist Alice Zawadzki in the intimate Vortex venue should be special. They gave us a preview of […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Jeduk Jeon + Juwon Park, 27 Sept

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Harmonica legend Jeduk Jeon is one of the great figures of Korean music today. Blind since birth, he’s been compared to Toots Thielemans for his formidably virtuosic style. Guitarist Juwon Park’s band has been influenced by flamenco and gypsy jazz, but their range goes even wider. Expect a soulful celebration from this special collaboration: Jeduk […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Heemoon Lee & Prelude, 24 Sept

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Last year’s K-music gig in the Albert Hall’s Elgar Room was a great success. This year’s blend of jazz and Korean traditional folk music looks to be equally as promising. Heemoon Lee & Prelude Sunday 24 September 2017, 8pm LONDON Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room | Kensington Gore | London SW7 2AP £15 + booking […]

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