Books, talks and discussion Hyeonseo Lee has three separate events to launch her memoir, on 1, 2 and 3 July. You may have come across a trail or two in the Guardian and the Times. Ambassadors Hay and and Gifford update the British Korean Society on the UK-Korea relationship on 6 July Ko Un appears with […]

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Shan Hur in Sculpture in the City commission

by Philip Gowman 30 June 2015
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A new site-specific work by Shan Hur will be installed in the churchyard of St Helen’s Bishopsgate as part of Sculpture in the City 2015: Shan Hur | Sculpture in the City Located at St Helen’s Bishopsgate Churchyard, this artwork will be installed on 4 July 2015 Sculpture in the City, the dynamic yearly public […]

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Kwak Kyung-taek quizzed at the first LKFF on Typhoon, filming in Russia and more

by Saharial 29 June 2015
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Kwak Kyung-taek is July’s featured director at the KCC. This gives us the opportunity to resurrect from the archives Saharial’s transcription of a Q&A with the director following the UK premiere of his movie Typhoon, at the first of the KCCUK’s London Korean Film Festivals back in September 2006. Q: What drew you to the […]

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The Korean Tea Ceremony – A Natural Approach

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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It’s nice that while Brother Anthony is in town we are getting to see him on two consecutive nights: with Ko Un on 15 July, and with tea-master Hyoam a day later: The Korean Tea Ceremony-A Natural Approach Thursday 16 July 2015 19.00 Korean Cultural Centre UK Entrance Free but Booking Essential RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk […]

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A Poetry Evening with Ko Un and Brother Anthony

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2015
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Ko Un is paying one of his regular visits to the UK in July, with a reading at the KCC on 15 July which follows his appearance at the Ledbury Poetry Festival: A Poetry Evening with Ko Un Ko Un with Brother Anthony of Taizé reading in Korean and English Wednesday 15 July 2015, 7pm […]

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Arirang: the 2015 KAA summer residency at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 23 June 2015
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This year’s summer residency of the Korean Artists Association at the KCC runs for nearly three weeks, 7 – 27 July. Registration is required for the opening performance, via koreanartuk@gmail.com. Arirang: the 2015 Korean Artists’ Association summer residency at the KCC 2015 Opening Reception: Tue 7th July 6pm – 8.30pm PERFORMANCE: 7pm RSVP: koreanartuk@gmail.com EXHIBITION: […]

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Conference report – Comfort Women: Listening To Their Voices

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2015
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Short of bringing some of the surviving halmonis to the UK in person, it is difficult to imagine how the organisers of this weekend’s gathering in Sheffield could have assembled a better line-up of people to discuss the Comfort Women issue. We had Byun Young-joo, director of the trilogy of documentaries focusing on the Korean […]

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Press preview: Two Korean War documentaries

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2015
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For a while now Theatre for All have been working with British Korean War veterans, gathering their memories. Some of the fruits of their labours will be revealed this Thursday, the 65th anniversary of the start of the war, in a press preview in Kingston. You can register for the screenings at Eventbrite. Premiere screenings: […]

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An update on the UK–Korea relationship from our two ambassadors

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2015
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If you’re not already a member of the British Korean Society, this is a good reason to join. Membership details can be found here. Update on the UK–Korea relationship Monday 6 July 2015, 6.30pm for 7.00pm Korean Cultural Centre. A talk by H.E Charles Hay, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and H.E Michael […]

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침묵 Silence, A Day at the Temple — at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 20 June 2015
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An interesting day of dance, tea and meditation at Asia House: 침묵 Silence, A Day at the Temple Monday 13 July 2015, 12:00 – 8:30pm Asia House | 63 New Cavendish Street | London W1G 7LP Admission free but registration required: register here. Join us to recreate a day in a temple with performances by […]

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Icons of Rhetoric moves to Nottingham

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2015
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After two successful shows in London, Chris Barrett’s and Gianluca Spezza’s thoughtful take on North Korean media moves to Nottingham: ICONS OF RHETORIC | 북한의 수사학 아이콘 Looking In, With a View to Looking Out North Korea reinterpreted on instant film DATE: Thu 18 Jun 2015 – Fri 10 Jul 2015 TIME: Monday – Friday, […]

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Minho Kwon: We Also Deserve to Live — at The Foundry Gallery

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2015
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I enjoyed seeing Minho Kwon’s work at Anise Gallery last year, so I’m looking forward to seeing some of his new work at The Foundry Gallery in Chelsea this summer: We Also Deserve to Live New work by Minho Kwon 2 July – 13 August The Foundry Gallery | 39 Old Church St | Chelsea […]

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Juck Juck Grunzie to play the Windmill Brixton

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2015
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The Windmill seems to be turning into a regular venue for Korean bands passing through London looking for a gig: JUCK JUCK GRUNZIE + Meatraffle + Primordial Soup 30 June 2015, 8pm Windmill Brixton | 22 Blenheim Gardens | London SW2 5BZ | windmillbrixton.co.uk Book Tickets (£5 + £1 service charge) Crazed, sleazy psych-noise-postpunk girl-boy […]

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Have a Good Day, Mr Kim! – Choi and Lager’s summer exhibition in Cologne

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2015
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Nowhere near London, but I’m posting this just because I wish I could find a conveniently-timed flight to get me to the opening event, as this is an exhibition I’d love to get to. I fear that this press release is the closest I’m going to get. Choi and Lager have assembled a pretty impressive […]

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Comfort Women: Listening To Their Voices — free screenings and discussion in Sheffield

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2015
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A series of documentary screenings and discussions on the subject of Comfort Women, spread over Friday evening and Saturday. Director Byun Young-joo will be present to discuss her work – the first two documentaries of her 낮은 목소리 trilogy will be screening. Director Kim Dong-won will also be present. Korean Cinema Stories: Comfort Women — […]

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Kim Tae-yong is June’s featured director at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 10 June 2015
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Two contrasting films from June’s featured director, Kim Tae-yong. The first screening, Family Ties, is preceded by at talk by Mark Morris. As always, registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk. Family Ties (가족의 탄생, 2006) 11 June, 7pm Director: Kim Tae-yong Cast: Moon So-ri, Ko Doo-sim, Uhm Tae-woong, Kong Hyo-jin, Bong Tae-gyu 113 mins / cert […]

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Hyeonseo Lee: The Girl with Seven Names and three book launches

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2015
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Hyeonseo Lee’s memoir, The Girl with Seven Names, is published on 2 July. Three separate events on 1 July (Asia House), 2 July (European Association for Human Rights in North Korea) and 3 July (Guardian / Amnesty) will give you the chance to hear her story and get a signed copy. Details in date order […]

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