Philip Gowman

Notice of the monthly dinner of the British Korean Women’s Society: My Seoul Adventure A talk by Anne Wightman (wife of the British Ambassador to South Korea 2011 to 2015) Tuesday 1 September 2015, 7.00pm In and Out Club | 4 St James’s Square | LONDON SW1AY 4JU After postings in Beijing, Paris and Rome, […]

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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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The KAA’s residency at the KCC – a video of the opening performance

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2015
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Here is a video of the opening performance of this year’s Korean Artist Association’s residency at the KCC – entitled Arirang – by Jason Verney of Native Nomad Pictures.

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Book news: Our Korean Kitchen by Jordan Bourke and Rejina Pyo

by Philip Gowman 23 August 2015
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Fashion designer Rejina Pyo has joined with her husband, chef and food writer Jordan Bourke, to produce Our Korean Kitchen, available from 3 September (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £25). Judging by the extract published today in The Guardian, the recipe book is user-friendly, full of welcoming photographs, and adapts traditional recipes to accommodate ingredients available in […]

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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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A year of Korea-France cultural events starts in September

by Philip Gowman 19 August 2015
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The official website opens at the end of this month; the year of Korean events in France starts on 18 September, lasting until August 2016; and the year of France in Korea runs from March till December 2016. The celebrations mark 130 years since diplomatic relations were established in 1886. Looks like the Eurostar might […]

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Understatement of the year: Joint concert “not quite a success”

by Philip Gowman 18 August 2015
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There’s a delightful and very detailed account of the grand Independence Day North-South musical collaboration in the Korea Joongang Daily. The headline reads “DMZ concert not quite a success, but not a failure”. Less politely put, the affair sounds like it was a bit of a fiasco: Only “13 musicians … turned up: one violin, […]

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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: Chuseok family day at the V+A, 13 Sept

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2015
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The V+A is building up a nice track record of engaging, family-oriented events with a Korean angle. Their next one has a Chuseok theme: Chuseok Festival Family Event Sun 13 September 2015 11:00–17:00 The John Madejski Garden, Victoria and Albert Museum Admission free – just drop in. FAMILY EVENT: Join us to celebrate Chuseok, the […]

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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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Event news: K-music 2015 — Noreum Machi, 20 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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A fun evening of percussion with plenty of visual excitement too: K-Music: Noreum Machi Sunday 20 September | 8:00PM LONDON Kings Place (Hall Two) | 90 York Way | London N1 9AG £10 + Booking fee There’s a theatrical strand to a lot of Korean music and, for more than 20 years, Noreum Machi have […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — Jambinai, 16 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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We’ve been wanting to see Jambinai live for years, but never made it down to Womad or any other of their gigs. So we’ll definitely be at the Rich Mix for this. K-Music: Jambinai Wednesday 16 September | 8:00PM LONDON Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA £10 + Booking fee […]

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