Philip Gowman

Sounds like Paul McCartney’s gig in Seoul went down well: “Fantastic climax to the Asian leg. Korean fans gave us the best welcome ever. We love them!” he posted on his Facebook page along with this picture: “Paul has so much aegyo and said things in Korean as much as he could” commented one Korean […]

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Festival Asia makes its debut in Tobacco Dock

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2015
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A new festival which embraces all Asian cultures comes to Tobacco Dock this month. According to the Festival’s website: Over three days this pioneering festival is set to attract tens of thousands of visitors who can expect an Eastern mix of music, dance, food, fashion, martial arts and lots more. With all this taking place […]

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Im Kwon Taek’s Festival to screen at RCA Battersea

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2015
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The latest of the KCC’s screenings on university campuses is at the Royal College of Art’s Battersea site on 11 May: Im Kwon-taek: Festival (축제, 1996) + Introduction by Tony Rayns 11 May / 6:30pm / Royal College of Art’s Gorvy Lecture Theatre Dyson Building, Royal College of Art, Battersea SW11 4AN Cast: Han Eun-jin, […]

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The Ways of Folding Space and Flying: the 2015 Korean pavilion at Venice

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2015
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This year’s Korean Pavilion at Venice features work by Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho: The Ways of Folding Space & Flying A project by Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho Exhibition Period: May 9 – November 22, 2015 Opening hours: Tue – Sun | 10 am – 6 pm (Closed on Mondays, except May 11, June […]

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Dansaekhwa – a Biennale collateral event in Venice, 7 May – 15 Aug

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2015
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Lee Ufan returns to Venice with some site-specific work as part of an official collateral event of Dansaekhwa artists: Dansaekhwa Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia Dates: May 7–August 15, 2015 Opening: May 7, 7pm Venue: Palazzo Contarini-Polignac | 874 Dorsoduro | 30123 Venezia www.villaempain.com | www.kukjegallery.com | www.tinakimgallery.com […]

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Sleepers in Venice: The Purgatory of Desires – Venice 8 May-7 June

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2015
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As well as the official Korean participation in this year’s Biennale, and the collateral event from Kukje Gallery, there’s a third exhibition in which ISKAI Contemporary Art presents specially commissioned Korean works inspired by a work of Mark Wallinger. Sleepers in Venice: The Purgatory of Desires Calle del Carbon, San Marco 4179, Venice, Italy / […]

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Donguibogam to be upgraded to National Treasure status

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2015
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To be honest, I’ve always wondered why an item listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World register was only rated a “Treasure” (no 1085) rather than a “National Treasure”. The three sets of the encyclopaedia’s first edition are currently held by the National Library of Korea, the Kyujanggak Institute For Korean Studies and the Academy […]

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Hur Jin-ho is May’s featured director at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2015
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Christmas in August is one of the first Korean DVDs I bought, when I first got interested in Korean movies rather more years ago than I care to remember, back when the best “start here” was Darcy Paquet’s list of top ten movies of the 1990s. It’s a poignant film, but one of the things […]

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May cookery demonstration: bibimbap and namul

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2015
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The third of the KCC’s cookery demonstrations at Le Cordon Bleu focuses on bibimbap. Registration required. K-Cuisine Lecture Series No.3: Bibimbap & Namul Date/Time: Tuesday 26 May 2015/18.30-20.30 Venue: Le Cordon Bleu London (WC1A 2LS) Lecturer: Chef Hyung Soo Lim RSVP to KCCUK at 020 7004 2600 or info@kccuk.org.uk Short Introduction to Namul Namul, seaseoned […]

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May Events

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2015
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Conversations and seminars Hwang Sok-yong will be launching the English translation of Princess Bari at Asia House on 13 May as part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2015 (discount available for LKL readers) Two seminars at SOAS: Producing Political Landscape on the Korean Peninsula (Robert Winstanley-Chesters and Sherri Ter Molen, 1 May) and Female Same-Sex Marriage […]

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Hangjun Lee & Chulki Hong, Will Guthrie at Cafe Oto

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2015
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It’s a shame that this evening’s performance at an alternative music venue, supported by the KCC, clashes with a Korean rock showcase at the KCC. Hangjun Lee & Chulki Hong, Will Guthrie Tuesday 19 May 2015, 8pm Cafe OTO | 18–22 Ashwin street | Dalston | London E8 3DL | www.cafeoto.co.uk £8 | £6 ADVANCE […]

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Indie bands apear at KCCUK and Liverpool Sound City

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2015
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Dead Buttons and Patients – who came to the UK last year – plus Third Stone will be performing at a rock showcase at the KCCUK on 19 May. All three bands will also be appearing at Liverpool Sound City Cavern Stage on 24 May along with Jambinai and Monoban. One day, surely, Jambinai will […]

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Korean-focused galleries at Art 15

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2015
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The third iteration of Art Fairs London is upon us, and while there are fewer of the big name galleries from Seoul coming this year there are still plenty of Korean artists who are new to London. A quick look at the art fair’s website indicates the following artists and galleries, and I’m sure there […]

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Beer-bottle VC donates medal to Korea

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2015
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Two articles this week report how Bill Speakman VC, who was on a veterans’ trip to Korea, has decided to donate his Victoria Cross to South Korea. He also wants his ashes to be scattered in the DMZ when he dies. Sadly, the medal being donated is a replica: “he sold the original to a […]

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Royal Ballet dancer featured in Chosun Ilbo

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2015
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There’s a nice feature on Choe Yu-hui, a soloist with the Royal Ballet, in the Chosun Ilbo. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, to a Korean family, Choe grew up in a pro-North Korean environment. Only 12 years ago did she change her nationality from North to South Korea. (Via Adam Cathcart) Links: From Korean Outsider in […]

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I rather think I agree

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2015
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Have a read of Charles Montgomery’s post What a Terrible Idea! ㅡ Merging the Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea, and a similar article by Korea Herald editorial writer Kim Hooran Market principle, culture don’t mix. Links: LTI Korea | KPIPA

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A Korean Cultural Festival at Durham’s Oriental Museum

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2015
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Advance notice of a two-week festival of events for all ages, based around Buddha’s birthday. Note that the programme is currently provisional, and will be confirmed on the museum’s website shortly. Korean Cultural Festival Oriental Museum | Elvet Hill | Durham DH1 3TH | www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum The Korean festival will run from 18th – 31st May […]

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