Events

News of a one-off experience featuring an installation by Koo Jeong A in the disused Jubilee Line terminus under Trafalgar Square: Art Night: Disused Jubilee Line, Charing Cross Underground Station: Koo Jeong A 2 July 2016 This project runs 5pm-12am. Advance bookings only via ICA website. Koo Jeong A creates a new site-specific installation that […]

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Exhibition news: Oh Se-Yeol — The Layers of Memory, at Pontone Gallery

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2016
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News of Shine Artists’ upcoming exhibition in their new space, Pontone Gallery: Oh Se-Yeol | The Layers of Memory Pontone Gallery | 43 Cadogan Gardens | London SW3 2TB | www.pontonegallery.com 1 – 24 July 2016 Tues – Fri: 10am – 7pm | Sat: 11am – 7pm | Sun: 12pm – 6pm The directors of […]

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Concert notes: Gamin and Notes Inégales at the Spitalfields Festival

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2016
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When we previewed the double bill at Wilton’s Music Hall featuring Purcell with Korean, Middle Eastern and western instruments, improvisation and more, we had an inkling that the evening might be something special. And we were darn right. This was music making and entertainment that is rare to find anywhere. First, the Purcell. King Arthur / the […]

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Event news: Remembering Dictators – The Politics of Bronze Statues in South Korea and Taiwan

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2016
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Thanks to Colin Bartlett for forwarding me details of a seminar at SOAS’s main building this evening, hosted by their Centre of Taiwan Studies: Remembering Dictators: The Politics of Bronze Statues in South Korea and Taiwan Speaker: Prof Huang Chang-Ling Date: 22 June 2016, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT […]

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Korean performers and artists at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2016
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Once again there’s a strong Korean showing at the Fringe this year. It’s particularly nice to see Modl Theatre in the UK again, this time with three productions. Two of them are geared towards families and children, but the third is a something darker: a new and topical production on the theme of the wartime […]

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Event news: HaHaHa and Singles are June’s screenings at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2016
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June’s screenings at the KCC are HaHaHa, one of Hong Sang-soo’s most approachable films (LKL review here), and Singles, a film which Anthony Leong describes as “a breezy concoction brimming with wit and charisma that entertains without relying on dumbed down comedy or exaggerated theatrics.” A good month then. Reservations as usual via the KCC […]

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Exhibition news: Seoung Ku Lee — From Nature: Mental Images, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 12 June 2016
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News of an exhibition in the gallery formerly known as Mokspace: From Nature: Mental Images Seoung Ku Lee 16th June – 30th June 2016 Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm Han Collection is pleased to present ‘From Nature’, an exhibition of […]

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Concert news: Korean Sounds 3 comes to Kings Place, 22 June

by Philip Gowman 11 June 2016
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The third of the Korean Sounds concerts is an interesting combination of string quartet and traditional Korean music: East Meets West with Abel Quartet and the Korean National Gugak Centre: Mozart & Janácek Wed 22 June 2016 Kings Place Hall Two, 7.30pm The main theme of this concert series is ‘East Meets West’, presenting a […]

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Gamin at Spitalfields Festival – programme details

by Philip Gowman 8 June 2016
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Next Wednesday’s late-night (9pm) concert at Wilton’s Music Hall, featuring the extraordinary Korean musician Gamin, should be something special. (Book tickets here). Playing piri, taepyeongso (Korean traditional oboe family) and saengwhang (ancient wind-blow instrument), she is one of Korea’s most distinguished musicians, equally at home in traditional Court Music, (a member of the Contemporary Gukak […]

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Neon Bunny – please come back to London soon!

by Philip Gowman 6 June 2016
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London has been doing well recently for live music: from B.A.P to Jambinai via Dead Buttons and more, there has been something for everyone. But the artist that I personally have been looking forward to seeing more than the rest is Neon Bunny (야광토끼) – whose debut album Seoulight made it into the list of […]

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Event news: Sounds of Korea, at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 5 June 2016
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The SOAS Korean Music Society presents a varied programme of Korean music this coming Friday (10 June) at 7pm in the main SOAS building. It is rumoured that they will be joined by guest performer Gamin (who will be playing with Notes Inégales at Wilton’s Music Hall on 14 and 15 June). Entry free but […]

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The Priests – another excellent LKFF16 teaser

by Philip Gowman 3 June 2016
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The second of the KCC’s “teaser screenings” for the 2016 London Korean Film Festival, which screened last night at the Picturehouse Central, was another hit. Let’s hope they keep this up. Jang Jae-hyun’s The Priests was a hugely fun (and suspense-filled) exorcism movie, and an impressive full-length debut for the director. It will win new […]

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Book review: Cheon Myeong-kwan — Modern Family

by Philip Gowman 2 June 2016
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Cheon Myeong-kwan: Modern Family Translated by Kyoung-lee Park White Pine Press Korean Voices Series, 2015 Originally published as 고령화 가족 by Munhakdongne Publishing Corp, 2010 The KCC has been running its Korean Literature Nights for more than two years now. The discussion group has an enthusiastic and regular following, to the extent that seats have […]

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June events 2016

by Philip Gowman 1 June 2016
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For me, I suspect this month’s highlight will be Gamin’s appearance at the Spitalfields Festival on 15 June with Notes Inégales. A bit of free improvisation on the saenghwang, with a band which includes a daegeum among other things… what’s not to enjoy, particularly if you catch the same group’s reimagining of Purcell’s King Arthur […]

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Event news: Ambassador Kathleen Stephens gives Ra Jong-il Annual Lecture

by Philip Gowman 1 June 2016
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This Friday’s annual Ra Jong-il lecture in Cambridge will be given by Kathleen Stephens, former US ambassador to the ROK. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Lessons from Korea Ra Jong-il Annual Lecture at Cambridge Friday, 3 June 2016, 5:00 pm (RSVP in advance to jhs22@cam.ac.uk) Darwin College, Old Library Ambassador Kathleen Stephens […]

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Event news: Purcell and improvisation with Korean instruments

by Philip Gowman 31 May 2016
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I’m a fan of Peter Wiegold’s eclectic approach to music-making, and whether or not there’s any Koreanness involved at his regular venue, Club Inégales (where Kim Hyelim on daegeum is a frequent member of the house band), the music is always wondrous. So his reimagining of Purcell’s King Arthur, at the oldest surviving Music Hall […]

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Hay Joung Hwang wins Silver Gilt at Chelsea Flower Show

by Philip Gowman 30 May 2016
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Congratulations to Hay Joung Hwang for winning a silver gilt medal for her first show garden at Chelsea. Hwang’s LG Smart Garden combined soft pastel-coloured planting in a very English style with clean, modern lines for an outside living space. The feature which caught everyone’s attention was the cantilevered pergola which reached over the terrace, […]

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