Philip Gowman

To celebrate their 50th birthday, the Korean Chamber Orchestra are doing a European tour, and their first stop was London. For works involving just strings, the orchestra is directed by its konzertmeister Kim Min, and for their London concert Finnish conductor Ralf Gothoni took the baton for anything larger. It was ambitious to open their London concert […]

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Exhibition visit: Korean highlights of London Art Fair 2015

by Philip Gowman 25 February 2015
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This year LKL avoided the crowded opening evening of the London Art Fair, opting for a quieter evening later in the week. It’s something we’ll do in future. There still seem to be waiters wandering round offering free drinks, but with fewer punters around you can actually move between the galleries you want to see […]

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The KCC Spring Exhibition 2015: Open Call for Artists

by Philip Gowman 25 February 2015
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After a break of a year or so, the KCC is re-instituting its “Call for Artists” group show in which artists of Korea origin are invited to submit proposals for an exhibition to be held later this Spring. Note that the deadline for application has been extended to 14 March from the original 28 February. […]

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Exhibition visit: Out of the Ordinary — Award-winning works by Young Korean Architects

by Philip Gowman 23 February 2015
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LKL reports from the exhibition of young Korean architects at The CASS, which runs until 28 February. In an informative essay in the Out of the Ordinary catalogue, associate curator Junghyun Park gives us a fascinating snippet of information. When Neo meets the Architect of The Matrix in the final scene of The Matrix Reloaded, […]

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Hyojin Park in Skipwiths inaugural show

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2015
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If you went to the London Art Fair this year and visited the Skipwiths / CAIS stall, you will have noticed that the photographic prints of Hyojin Park were getting a lot of attention. Park now features in the gallery’s inaugural group show, runs until 14 March. Reconstructed Minds February 12th – March 14th Skipwiths […]

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Sunwook Kim makes his debut in the International Piano Series

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2015
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LKL is a fan of Kim Sun-wook’s Bach, so we’re looking forward to his upcoming solo recital at the QEH. International Piano Series 2014/15: Sunwook Kim Tuesday 3 March 2015, 19:30 Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall Book tickets here. Pre-concert talk at 18:15 in QEH, with Southbank Centre’s Head of Classical Music, Gillian Moore. Free. […]

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TV Drama pilot episodes to screen at KCC

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2015
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As if there wasn’t enough to do on the first Thursday of the month, there’s now TV Drama at the KCC that will be battling for precious space in your diaries. The first screening is 5 March, 7pm – 10pm. As usual, registration is required via info@kccuk.co.uk. London K-Drama Screening March 2015 This is the […]

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2015 K-Culture Workshops: application window now open

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2015
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A varied series of lectures and classes coming up at the KCC will enable you to experience a wide range of Korean culture. 2015 K-Culture Workshop The Korean Cultural Centre UK is now taking applications for our free 10 week culture courses: K-POP Dance, Taekwondo, Seoyeh: Korean Calligraphy, Jogakbo: Korean Traditional Patchwork and Gayageum: Korean […]

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Global Oriental title on Joseon dynasty wins American Library Association award

by Philip Gowman 21 February 2015
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Congratulations to Brill / Global Oriental books, whose Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea was in Choice Magazine’s list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2014. The book, edited by Cambridge University’s Michael Shin, is a collection of features on various aspects of life in the Joseon Dynasty: Everyday Life in Joseon-Era Korea shows how the momentous […]

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Published this month: Ko Un’s Maninbo, from Bloodaxe

by Philip Gowman 20 February 2015
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Bloodaxe Books, who last year brought us Kim Hyesoon’s I’m OK, I’m Pig!, and who brought us Ko Un’s moving First Person Sorrowful in 2012 continue their support for Korean poetry in translation by bringing us a selection from Ko Un’s magnum opus, Ten Thousand Lives. Once again Brother Anthony and Lee Sang-Wha are the […]

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Korean Film Nights Amplified – a monthly series of pre-screening talks

by Philip Gowman 18 February 2015
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What a good idea. Once a month the KCC’s film screening will be preceded by a topical talk. The new series starts on 26 Feb with Kang Woo-suk’s Two Cops. The talk itself, given by Jinhee Choi (author of South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hitmaker Global Provocateur), starts at 7pm, and the screening starts after […]

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Looking back at 2014: Domestic news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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Our final look back at 2014: mainly domestic news stories from South Korea: The Sewol and safety culture The MV Sewol capsized on 16 April, causing the death of 304 passengers. A number of factors contributed to the disaster, including lax safety inspections, unsafe modifications, unsecured cargo, overloading, and an inexperienced crew hired on temporary […]

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Looking back at 2014: DPRK and regional news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In our third review of 2014, we look at some of the North Korea related news, and stories which put the peninsula in a wider East Asian context. Domestic news Kim Jong Un’s disappearance from public view in the Autumn prompted speculation ranging from a case of gout  to a “very specific kind of coup”. […]

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Looking back at 2014: Entertainment news

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the second of four retrospective articles, we recall some of the entertainment stories that caught our eye in 2014. Good year for: Popular TV drama My Love from the Star had an impact beyond its 21 episode span. The lead female character, played by Jeon Ji-hyun, managed to boost sales of trenchcoats in Korea, […]

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Looking back at 2014: Culture, sport and tourism

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In the first of four articles looking back over 2014, we recall some of the culture, sports and heritage stories that made the news. Arts Dansaekhwa emerged as flavour of the year. Following the MMCA exhibition in 2013 and Joan Kee’s book, Kukje Gallery had a monochrome retrospective, and dansaekhwa artists were included in MMCA […]

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A comprehensive list of DPRK slogans

by Philip Gowman 15 February 2015
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In case you ever feel short of inspiring slogans, the WPK Central Committee and Central Military Commission has just published a list of 349 of them. Here’s an example (#344): The revolutionary spirit of Paektu, the spirit of the blizzards of Paektu and the anti-Japanese revolutionary forerunners’ call to keep the revolutionary faith even if […]

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North Korean Policy on Disabled People – a talk with DPRK govt officials

by Philip Gowman 14 February 2015
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As part of the tour by the DPRK Youth Para-ensemble there is an opportunity to discuss disability issues in North Korea with some government officials: A Talk with North Korea’s Government Officials North Korean Policy on Disabled People Place: Nuffield College, Large Lecture Room Time: 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM, 21 February, 2015 Due to […]

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