Philip Gowman

Two Korean bands will be performing at The Great Escape music festival in Brighton which will be held 19-21 May. Tickets are available from the festival website. The Barberettes and Danpyunsun and the Sailors, whose sets are on Saturday 21st, are supported by KOCCA. The Barberettes were a hit at last year’s K-Music Festival. If […]

{ 0 comments }

Chelsea Flower Show 2016 to include Korean-designed LG Smart Garden

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2016
Thumbnail image for Chelsea Flower Show 2016 to include Korean-designed LG Smart Garden

Korean garden designer Jihae Hwang won gold medals at Chelsea in 2011 and 2012. It’s a tough act to follow, but let’s hope Hay Joung Hwang also wins success with her LG Smart Garden, entered in the Show Garden category this year. Her style is very different from Jihae’s, with clean, modern lines rather than […]

Read the full article →

The V+A’s official video of Kang Yiyun’s residency

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2016
Thumbnail image for The V+A’s official video of Kang Yiyun’s residency

The V+A has put together a short video of Yiyun Kang’s residency, with footage from the two performances of her work in the Cast Courts. Much more informative than LKL’s botched effort. Links: Video’s page on V+A website Watch the video on Vimeo

Read the full article →

2011 Korea Trip: The Stories of the Stones – an introduction

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2016
Thumbnail image for 2011 Korea Trip: The Stories of the Stones – an introduction

When I started writing up my 2011 Korea trip a few days after returning to London in May that year, I said “the write-ups are going to take a while to put together and will involve rather more legwork than last year, but I’ll get them done over the next few weeks.” Five years later, […]

Read the full article →

May events 2106

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2016
Thumbnail image for May events 2106

Music Giriboy plays the Miranda in Shoreditch on 1 May Joo Yeon Sir has recitals at St John’s Smith Square on 5 and 22 May and joins a concert by Karl Jenkins at the Festival Hall on 6 May B.A.P’s World Tour hits the Coronet on 13 May Jambinai performs at Corsica Studios on 16 […]

Read the full article →

Event news: Dead Buttons and others play The Forge

by Philip Gowman 30 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Event news: Dead Buttons and others play The Forge

Is this Dead Buttons’ third UK trip? Whatever, it’s nice to see them back, at a good venue. K-Rock Showcase Wednesday 25 May 7.30pm The Forge | 3-7 Delancey Street | Camden | London NW1 7NL Tickets: £10 | Book tickets: http://www.forgevenue.org From Korea: Dead Buttons | DTSQ | We Are The Night From UK: […]

Read the full article →

A way to make sure you never have enough time in Korea

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2016
Thumbnail image for A way to make sure you never have enough time in Korea

I’ve just discovered a great way to help plan a trip to a particular part of Korea to make sure you get maximum value from your time in the area. Go to the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) website, go to Heritage Info, and then General Search. In the search form, select the Location (province or […]

Read the full article →

Event news: Joo Yeon Sir’s concert diary for May includes a Karl Jenkins premier

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Event news: Joo Yeon Sir’s concert diary for May includes a Karl Jenkins premier

Joo Yeon Sir makes her Royal Festival Hall debut with the Palladio Orchestra of London at the invitation of Sir Karl Jenkins, performing his work Lament for the Valley on Friday 6 May 7.30PM. Sir Karl has also kindly composed a new work called Chatterbox! for the Young Artist Residency at St. Johns Smith Square, […]

Read the full article →

Wanted: actors for short film on North Korean refugee in Britain

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Wanted: actors for short film on North Korean refugee in Britain

Having enjoyed In-Sook Chappell’s two stage plays, I’m delighted to hear that she has a short film planned. She is looking for actors, with or without experience or training, to cast. Here’s the brief. Do please volunteer, because I want to see this film! KOCHEBI: A short film written and directed by In-Sook Chappell. It’s […]

Read the full article →

Event news: Jane Portal on art and archaeology in North Korea

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Event news: Jane Portal on art and archaeology in North Korea

News of a lunchtime lecture at the British Museum this coming Friday: Tradition and socialism: art and archaeology in North Korea Jane Portal Friday 29 April 2016, 13.30–14.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential | Book Online In this lecture, Jane Portal, British Museum, will discuss the dual influence of Korean tradition and the socialist […]

Read the full article →

Exhibition news: Sacred Art – an international group exhibition at Aberglasney House, Carmarthen

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Exhibition news: Sacred Art – an international group exhibition at Aberglasney House, Carmarthen

A reason to explore Carmarthenshire over the Mayday bank holiday weekend: curated by May Kim (whom many may remember from her time as curator at Mokspace) and co-curated by Nick Taylor, this exhibition features a number of Korean artists and performers: Bupjeon Sunim | Chae Hee Jung | Chang Sook Lee | Jeon Je-woo | […]

Read the full article →

Event news: B.A.P tour comes to London

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Event news: B.A.P tour comes to London

Fans will have booked their tickets and pre-ordered their merchandise weeks ago, but for the record: B.A.P Live On Earth 2016 World Tour — London Awake!! Date: 13th May (FRI) 8:00 PM Venue: The Coronet Theatre | 28 New Kent Road | London SE1 6TJ | coronettheatre.co.uk Tickets: www.ticketmaster.co.uk Ticket prices: £69 / 99 / […]

Read the full article →

Event news: an evening with Korean authors Han Yujoo and Cheon Myeong-kwan

by Philip Gowman 23 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Event news: an evening with Korean authors Han Yujoo and Cheon Myeong-kwan

Cheon Myeong-Kwan and Han Yujoo are being made to work hard during their visit to London in support of the special Korea issue of the Asia Literary Review. Asia House on 10 May (with Deborah Smith), SOAS on 12 May (again with Deborah Smith), and KCC on 13 May (with Kelly Falconer): Korean Literature Night: […]

Read the full article →

Shine Artists open in Chelsea

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Shine Artists open in Chelsea

Shine Artists, who have hitherto been based in Albemarle Gallery off Piccadilly, have just opened up in the Sloane Square area. Their first exhibition features many of their house artists. From Korea: Hwang Seontae | Im Changwook | Jeong Woojae | Kim Chansong | Lee Jeonglok | Lee Jeongwoong | Mari Kim | Lee Jaehyo […]

Read the full article →

Younee releases second solo album

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Younee releases second solo album

Those of you looking for interesting piano music should seek out Younee’s second solo release. She came to London back in 2009 with the launch of the album True to You (reviewed here) which showcased her talents as a singer-songwriter, and she entertained live and radio audiences with the many different facets of her musical […]

Read the full article →

Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne: a familiar tale made a believable tragedy

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne: a familiar tale made a believable tragedy

The first of the KCCUK’s “Teaser Screenings” for the London Korean Film Festival 2016 took place on Monday in the presence of Director Lee Joon-ik and the recently-arrived Korean ambassador. The chosen film was The Throne (사도) – a movie which was #5 in the 2015 Korean box office and deals with an incident in […]

Read the full article →

Last Thursday’s screening at the KCC – Sunny – was an unexpected delight

by Philip Gowman 16 April 2016
Thumbnail image for Last Thursday’s screening at the KCC – Sunny – was an unexpected delight

Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed Kang Hyeong-cheol’s Sunny at the KCC this week. I shan’t bore you with the details – Paul Quinn has articulated it on Hangul Celluloid much better than I could. Based on the trailers I had been kind of expecting a bit of an offbeat teen comedy. When it featured in the […]

Read the full article →