The upcoming exhibition at the KCC is by Yeji Kim, winner of the KCC’s 2017 Open Call: Yeji Kim: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things A series of paintings which explore a sense of the virtual world, inspired by the flatness of images found on social media platforms. 27 February – 18 March 2017 Korean […]

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Event news: Deborah Smith on translating Bae Suah

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2017
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Deborah Smith’s latest Bae Suah translation, Recitation, is now available in bookshops. This month you have the opportunity to hear some of the challenges of translating it, courtesy of SOAS’s Centre for Translation Studies: Close to a State of Linguistic Weightlessness: On Translating Bae Suah Dr Deborah Smith (Korean-English translator, Publisher/Editor at Tilted Axis Press) […]

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Event news: Red Shoes is the second movie in the KCC’s K-horror series

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2017
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The second of six weekly screenings of horror movies and thrillers – a series curated by Collette Balmain – will be introduced by Hangul Celluloid’s Paul Quinn. We are assured that the gremlins that infected the DVD player at last week’s screening have been exorcised. Red Shoes (분홍신) Dir: Kim Yong-gyoon, 2005 (103 mins) 7pm, […]

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LKL’s evening with Zion.T in Kentish Town

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2017
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On the very rare occasions when I go to a big popular music concert I usually end up wondering why. A couple of years ago I queued for ages to get into the cheap seats (£77) for Big Bang’s gig in Wembley Arena. At least they didn’t have a support act, and worked hard to […]

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Exhibition news: North Korean Paintings — Beyond Borders, Beauty, at Coningsby Gallery

by Philip Gowman 16 February 2017
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Late notice of an exhibition of a private collection of paintings by North Korean artists. Thanks to Hannah Giles and Marc Leggett for bringing this to my attention. North Korean Paintings: Beyond Borders, Beauty Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, 19 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM The Coningsby Gallery | 30 Tottenham Street | […]

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Event news: the first KCC House Concert of the year is with Joo Yeon Sir

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2017
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The KCC has been holding an open call for Korean musicians to perform in their series of “House Concerts”. That application period closes on 19 February. In the meanwhile, a supremely talented duo will be giving the first recital of the year: KCC House Concert: Joo Yeon Sir (violin), Irina Andrievsky (piano) Tues 21 Feb, […]

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A survey of post-millennials – and South Korea shows its expected malaise

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2017
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Another of those surveys, and guess where South Korea ends up in the rankings? As you might expect from the land of Hell Joseon, the statistics do not look great: second from bottom in terms of overall happiness. Around 1,000 15-21 year-olds from each of 20 countries were surveyed between September and October 2016 as […]

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2017 KCC film nights kick off with Princess Aurora

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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The 2017 film screenings at the KCC start with a season of horror movies and thrillers curated by Colette Balmain. Princess Aurora (오로라 공주) Dir: Bang Eun-jin, 2005, 106 mins 16 February 2017, 7pm @ KCCUK Book via the KCCUK website The directorial debut of Bang Eun-jin, Princess Aurora is a female take on the […]

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Tickets still available for Zion.T’s concert on 17 Feb

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2017
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At the time of writing, tickets are still available for Zion.T’s concert on 17 February. His latest album was released earlier this month, and is available on iTunes. You can catch some tracks from the support act, Choice 37, on SoundCloud. More details on the Cult of Ya’s event page. Zion.T in London O2 Forum […]

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Exhibition news: Park Seo-Bo — ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983-1992, at White Cube

by Philip Gowman 9 February 2017
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After last year’s hit show, White Cube are aiming to repeat the success with a different range of work from the distinguished artist’s studio. “The works by Park Seo-Bo in this show consist of paper, worked into the paint surface so it looks like a big brushstroke,” says Martin Gayford in The Spectator. Park Seo-Bo: […]

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Exhibition news: Do Ho Suh — Passage/s, at Victoria Miro

by Philip Gowman 8 February 2017
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Victoria Miro Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new work by Do Ho Suh, who has now made London his home. The exhibition lasts until 18 March and has been getting some enthusiastic coverage. Do Ho Suh: Passage/s 1 February – 18 March 2017 Victoria Miro | 16 Wharf Road | London N1 7RW | […]

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Event news: an evening concert by Korean musicians at the Royal Academy of Music

by Philip Gowman 4 February 2017
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News of a concert by some of the Korean musicians studying at the Royal Academy of Music: UK x Korea 8 February 2017, 7pm David Josefowitz Recital Hall Royal Academy of Music | Marylebone Road | London NW1 5HT Performed by Korean Students of the Royal Academy of Music Concert Programme: J. Haydn London Trio […]

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February events 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 February 2017
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Film The Korean Film nights restart with a season of horror films / thrillers curated by Colette Balmain. We kick off with Princess Aurora (Dir: Pang Eun-jin, 2005) and The Red Shoes (Dir: Kim Yong-gyun, 2005) on 16th and 23rd February respectively. A second screening of Princess Aurora will take place at SOAS on 24 February. Exhibitions […]

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New and upcoming non-fiction titles for 2017

by Philip Gowman 30 January 2017
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As a follow up to my post on literature and fiction titles coming up in 2017 (now updated twice), here are some of the upcoming non-fiction publications that I’ll be looking out for. There are of course many others: simply do an advanced search on Amazon with keyword “Korea” and publication year 2017 and you may […]

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11th K-pop academy – application window now open

by Philip Gowman 29 January 2017
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Deadline for applying for the 11th K-pop Academy is 12 February. More details below. The 11th K-pop Academy Date: 25 February – 20 May 2017 (12 weeks) Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (every Saturday) Venues: Korean Cultural Centre UK and various offsite venues Tuition Fee: Free Since 2012 the ‘K-Pop Academy’ has given K-Pop fans a […]

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Event news: LSE SU Korea Future Forum

by Philip Gowman 25 January 2017
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How refreshing to have a whole day conference on Korea without a mention of hallyu or the DPRK in the detailed programme (though security on the peninsula has a dedicated panel session in the afternoon). Buy tickets for the LSE Student Union’s Korea Future Forum via Eventbrite (top price £40 plus booking fee) LSE SU […]

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Scholarships for Undergraduates and Post-graduates Studying Korea

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2017
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An announcement on behalf of the British Korean Society, the British Korean Veterans Association and the British Association for Korean Studies: Scholarships for Undergraduates and Post-graduates Studying Korea The British Association for Korean Studies administers two sets of bursaries for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The deadline for both schemes this year is 3 April 2017. […]

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