Events

Two Korean bands will be performing at The Great Escape music festival in Brighton which will be held 19-21 May. Tickets are available from the festival website. The Barberettes and Danpyunsun and the Sailors, whose sets are on Saturday 21st, are supported by KOCCA. The Barberettes were a hit at last year’s K-Music Festival. If […]

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Chelsea Flower Show 2016 to include Korean-designed LG Smart Garden

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2016
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Korean garden designer Jihae Hwang won gold medals at Chelsea in 2011 and 2012. It’s a tough act to follow, but let’s hope Hay Joung Hwang also wins success with her LG Smart Garden, entered in the Show Garden category this year. Her style is very different from Jihae’s, with clean, modern lines rather than […]

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May events 2106

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2016
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Music Giriboy plays the Miranda in Shoreditch on 1 May Joo Yeon Sir has recitals at St John’s Smith Square on 5 and 22 May and joins a concert by Karl Jenkins at the Festival Hall on 6 May B.A.P’s World Tour hits the Coronet on 13 May Jambinai performs at Corsica Studios on 16 […]

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Event news: Dead Buttons and others play The Forge

by Philip Gowman 30 April 2016
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Is this Dead Buttons’ third UK trip? Whatever, it’s nice to see them back, at a good venue. K-Rock Showcase Wednesday 25 May 7.30pm The Forge | 3-7 Delancey Street | Camden | London NW1 7NL Tickets: £10 | Book tickets: http://www.forgevenue.org From Korea: Dead Buttons | DTSQ | We Are The Night From UK: […]

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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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Exhibition news: Sacred Art – an international group exhibition at Aberglasney House, Carmarthen

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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A reason to explore Carmarthenshire over the Mayday bank holiday weekend: curated by May Kim (whom many may remember from her time as curator at Mokspace) and co-curated by Nick Taylor, this exhibition features a number of Korean artists and performers: Bupjeon Sunim | Chae Hee Jung | Chang Sook Lee | Jeon Je-woo | […]

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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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Event news: an evening with Korean authors Han Yujoo and Cheon Myeong-kwan

by Philip Gowman 23 April 2016
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Cheon Myeong-Kwan and Han Yujoo are being made to work hard during their visit to London in support of the special Korea issue of the Asia Literary Review. Asia House on 10 May (with Deborah Smith), SOAS on 12 May (again with Deborah Smith), and KCC on 13 May (with Kelly Falconer): Korean Literature Night: […]

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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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Lee Joon-ik’s The Throne: a familiar tale made a believable tragedy

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2016
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The first of the KCCUK’s “Teaser Screenings” for the London Korean Film Festival 2016 took place on Monday in the presence of Director Lee Joon-ik and the recently-arrived Korean ambassador. The chosen film was The Throne (사도) – a movie which was #5 in the 2015 Korean box office and deals with an incident in […]

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Last Thursday’s screening at the KCC – Sunny – was an unexpected delight

by Philip Gowman 16 April 2016
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Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed Kang Hyeong-cheol’s Sunny at the KCC this week. I shan’t bore you with the details – Paul Quinn has articulated it on Hangul Celluloid much better than I could. Based on the trailers I had been kind of expecting a bit of an offbeat teen comedy. When it featured in the […]

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Event news: “Cruel State” documentary screening and 2nd anniversary Sewol Silent Protest

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2016
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As we reach the second anniversary of the Sewol sinking, two special events are planned in London. First, the monthly Sewol Stay Put silent protest will be in Trafalgar Square on 16 April in front of the National Gallery, 2pm – 4pm. Later that afternoon will be a free screening of Cruel State (나쁜나라) at […]

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Event news: Sunny and Barking Dogs are April’s KCC screenings

by Philip Gowman 10 April 2016
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The KCCUK’s series of screenings featuring different aspects of Korean humour continues this month with Sunny and probably my favourite Bong Joon-ho movie. Will we come face to face with the mysterious Boiler Kim? The screening on 14 April will include an introductory talk by Jinhee Choi, starting at 7pm. Note also the additional screenings […]

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Event news: K-Lit in the age of Korean Cool

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2016
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For those who are lucky enough to get to the Korean Literature Night at the KCC this month, the author of the featured book will be at Asia House a couple of weeks later: K-Lit in the age of Korean Cool 10 May, 2016, 18:45 – 20:30 Asia House | Book here Hallyu – the […]

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KCC’s April Korean Literature Night features Cheon Myung-kwan’s Modern Family

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2016
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Cheon Myung-kwan is definitely author of the month – he’s appearing at Asia House in May as well as being the subject of this month’s Korean Literature Night. The novel was made into the movie Boomerang Family by director Song Hae-sung, which was the closing gala screening of the 2013 London Korean Film Festival. Korean […]

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Gig news: Giriboy, DJ SQ, Illustrious One in Shoreditch

by Philip Gowman 2 April 2016
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There was a time when the bank holiday weekend at the start of May used to feature a host of Korean B-boys coming to London. As far as I know, that hasn’t happened in the last couple of years, but instead this year there’s some Korean hip-hop in Shoreditch. Check out the tracks below – […]

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