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Micro posts, bite sized articles and links to stories on other sites that we find of interest.

Another debut – today is the first day of the Pojang kimbab stall at Druid Street Market in Bermondsey. With so many Korean ‘street food’ ventures trying to reinvent the Korean street food wheel (bulgogi burittos, kimchi burgers, ramen burgers etc) it’s nice to see this enterprising English couple recreating the simple authentic food they […]

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

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2016
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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

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

by Philip Gowman 29 April 2016
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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, […]

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

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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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 […]

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

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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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 / […]

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Shine Artists open in Chelsea

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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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 […]

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Younee releases second solo album

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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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 […]

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Tony’s Reading List plugs Bae Suah

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2016
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There’s a great article in support of Bae Suah’s Nowhere to be Found (tr Sora Kim-Russell) on Three Percent, by Tony of Tony’s Reading List fame. A year ago he did a review of Nowhere to be Found along with Highway with Green Apples. And in his Three Percent article he passes on this bit of […]

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Award for Korean Information Centre Co-founder

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2016
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Congratulations to Bona Shin of the Korean Information Centre in New Malden for winning the Mayor’s Community Award for outstanding service to the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. The award was presented on 31 March 2016. The Korean Information Centre opened on 2 February last year with the aim of building a healthier and happier Korean […]

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Exhibition news: Kye Sook Park at Riverhouse Arts Centre

by Philip Gowman 1 April 2016
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Notice of an exhibition in Walton-on-Thames by Kye Sook Park, whom we last noticed exhibiting in Mokspace in 2013: Kye Sook Park Robert Phillips Gallery | Riverhouse Arts Centre | Manor Road | Walton on Thames | Surrey KT12 2PF Wednesday 30 March – Sunday 17 April 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday 11am-4pm Sunday […]

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Hong Gildong coming soon to Penguin Classics

by Philip Gowman 23 March 2016
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I wonder why it’s taken so long. But coming soon, in a new translation by Minsoo Kang, is The Story of Hong Gildong, “arguably the single most important work of classic Korean fiction,” according to the publishers, Penguin Classics. A release date of 7 July 2016 is mentioned, though Amazon UK is offering it on […]

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Radio 3 features highlights from Great Mountains Music Festival

by Philip Gowman 22 March 2016
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All this week BBC Radio 3 is playing highlights from last year’s Great Mountains Music Festival (대관령국제음악제) – held each summer in Pyeongchang. You can listen to it on iPlayer for the next 30 days. (Thanks to Aidan FC for spotting) Links: Great Mountains Music Festival website

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APPG provides summary of their conference on violence against women

by Philip Gowman 12 March 2016
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The All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea has published a brief write-up of their conference on violence against women and girls in North Korea, which was held on 22 February in the Houses of Parliament. They hope to upload the conference papers in due course. The report includes photos of the event by the […]

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BIFF controversy inching towards resolution? Probably not

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2016
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With the news that the Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo has stepped down from the position as figurehead of BIFF, perhaps the controversy over the festival is getting towards some form of resolution. The wonder, as most have pointed out, is how the controversy managed to arise in the first place. Tony Rayns marvels at the […]

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Exhibition news: Abstractions & Figurations, at Gallery 54

by Philip Gowman 14 February 2016
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Ceramic artist and sculptor Sarah E Choi (음은경) will be appearing in a group exhibition at Gallery 54 in Shepherd Market from 22 February: Abstractions & Figurations Date: 22 – 28 February 2016 daily from 11am – 6pm Venue: Gallery 54 | 54 Shepherd Market | London W1J 7QX Private View: Tuesday 23 Feb, 6 […]

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Exhibition news: No Monkey Business

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2016
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A one-day group show to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the start of the Year of the Monkey will be held on 14 February near Leicester Square: No Monkey Business Q-Park China Town | 20 Newport Place | London WC2H 7PR 14 February 2016, 12 noon – 6pm Curated by Sujin Shin & Mira Gogova Supported […]

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Event news: Business Opportunities with Korea, in Birmingham

by Philip Gowman 12 February 2016
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The Korea Trade & Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) is hosting a seminar and exhibition, “Business Opportunities with Korea”, on 15th March 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham city centre. “The UK is now Korea’s second largest trading partner in the EU, and this event offers clear and in-depth knowledge of the processes required […]

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