Philip Gowman

For about four years Bona Shin of Theatre for All has been getting to know some of the British veterans from Korean War, particularly those based in the Virginia Water area; and as she got to know them she decided to collect some of their memories and preserve them in documentary form. The resulting two […]

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Event notice: BKWS visit to Clarence House, 16 August

by Philip Gowman 26 July 2015
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An interesting social event coming up for the British Korean Womens Society. You can find out more about the society here, or visit their website, www.bkws.org.uk. Visit to Clarence House St James’s Palace, London SW11BA (nearest underground Green Park) Sunday 16 August 2015, 11.30 am Clarence House was built between 1825 and 1827 to the designs […]

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The Massive reports from the Boys Republic concert

by Philip Gowman 25 July 2015
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It seems the Boys Republic gig in Islington on 4 July went down well with the audience. The Korean Class Massive has a detailed account of the evening on their blog, and loads of photos on their Facebook page. Sounds like a good evening.

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Echoes and connections – an introduction to LKL’s 2015 Korea Trip

by Philip Gowman 20 July 2015
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A few days into this year’s Korea trip, my brain was threatening to explode. Coming to Seoul is always a pretty full-on experience: so many things to pack in, so many people to see; and inevitably the first few days you are also pretty sleep-deprived as you adjust to the time zone. But this year […]

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Korean performers at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2015
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Once again, there is a strong representation of Korean performers at the 2015 Fringe. And scheduling clashes mean that if you want to get to all of the performances you need to allow three days – here’s a screenshot of LKL’s event calendar for peak time at the Fringe to prove it: Here’s some thoughts to […]

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KCC to host two previews of the Edinburgh Fringe

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2015
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On their way up to Edinburgh two groups of performers will be stopping off at the KCC to give us a preview of their shows. Not to be missed if you can’t make it up to Edinburgh. And even if you can, there are so many diary clashes between the Korean acts this year that […]

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Brief book review: Mark James Russell — Young-hee and the Pullocho

by Philip Gowman 17 July 2015
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Mark James Russell: Young-hee and the Pullocho Tuttle Publishing, 2015, 258pp So annoying. I get sent a review copy of a work of fiction. I warn them that I probably won’t have time to read it properly, but promise to do my best to have a quick flick through it and to write a polite notice […]

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London Korean Festival 2015 – a celebration of Korean culture in Trafalgar Square, 9 August

by Philip Gowman 11 July 2015
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It’s been a while since there was a big Korea-related event in Trafalgar Square – 7 years to be exact. Let’s hope the Korean food stalls clean up after themselves this time and so it won’t be another 7 years before the next big event. There’s something for everyone in the line-up for 9 August. […]

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Korean Traditional Ensemble SANI – additional concert date

by Philip Gowman 10 July 2015
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For those who can’t make it down to Kingston for SANI’s Independence Day Concert on 8 August, the ensemble will be giving a concert at SOAS the previous evening: Korean Traditional Ensemble SANI Date: 7 August 2015 Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Venue: SOAS, Russell Square, College Buildings Room G2 Registration: Free and open to […]

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New Malden Korean Food Festival 2015

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2015
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It’s the second Saturday in July, so it must be the Korean Food Fest at New Malden’s Fountain pub. 11 July 2015, from shortly before noon, but check with the pub for the exact time. There will be some familiar faces providing musical entertainment during the course of the day. Kayageum / guitar duo Kaya […]

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Kwak Kyung-taek is July’s featured director at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2015
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July features the early films of Kwak Kyung-taek, best known for his 2001 movie Friend. The Doctor K (닥터 K, 1999) 9 July, 7pm, KCCUK Book here Cast: Cha In-pyo, Kim Hye-soo, Kim Ha-neul, Yu In-chon, Park Sang-myeon 107 mins, Cert. 15 A mysterious doctor has a very special gift that allows him to successfully […]

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Kingston Welcomes Korea – a festival of Korean music, performance, art and more

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2015
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There’s something for everyone in the upcoming celebration of Kingston’s Korean community. Congratulations to the organisers for assembling such a varied programme of events. Full details at www.kingstonwelcomeskorea.org. Kingston Welcomes Korea 30 July to 8 August 2015 www.kingstonwelcomeskorea.org No borough in Britain, royal or otherwise, has thrown a party to welcome friends from the other […]

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Korea Post honours the Glosters

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2015
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Lt Col James Power Carne of the Gloucestershire Regiment appears on a new Korean postage stamp, part of a set of ten issued to mark the 65th anniversary of the start of the war. The BBC regional website for Gloucestershire has the full story.

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July events

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2015
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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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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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KWK exhibition: Korean traditional wedding and bridal room, 8-31 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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To complement the exhibition of contemporary Korean art showing as part of Kingston Welcomes Korea, here’s something more traditional: Korean traditional wedding and bridal room From August 8, 2015 until the end of August. Venue: Kingston Museum | Wheatfield Way | Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS A display of Korean Traditional Wedding and Bridal Room […]

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