Event Notices

This year the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival gives us a Korean heavyweight. Hwang Sok-yong will be coming to talk about his recently translated novel, Princess Bari. Read LKL’s interview with the book’s translator, Sora Kim-Russell, here. A Conversation with Hwang Sok-yong 13 May 2015 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm Asia House | 63 New […]

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Korean ceramic artists at Ceramic Art London 2015

by Philip Gowman 13 April 2015
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The Craft Potters Association is holding Ceramic Arts London 2015 at the Royal College of Art from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 April 2015. Ceramic Art London 2015 provides a unique showcase for contemporary studio ceramics featuring work from leading national and international makers. There are six Korean ceramists exhibiting their work, and there will […]

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Korean Studies after the Sewol Ferry Disaster – a half-day conference at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 12 April 2015
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One year on from the sinking of the Sewol (16 April 2014), SOAS is holding an afternoon of lectures looking at its impact. You’ll need to duck out of the last session before it finishes if you want to hear Grace Koh and Mark Morris talk on the subject of film adaptations of Korean novels, […]

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Shin Yoon-seok lunchtime recital at St George-the-Martyr

by Philip Gowman 11 April 2015
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An upcoming piano recital in Southwark: Free lunchtime recital with Yoon-Seok Shin (piano) Church of St George the Martyr | Borough High Street | London SE1 1JA [Map] Thursday 16th April, 1pm Sonata for Keyboard No 38 in F Hob XVI/23 – (Franz) Joseph Haydn Nocturne No 9 in B Op 32 No 1 – […]

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Royal Asiatic Society lecture: Humour and Eighteenth-Century Korean Art

by Philip Gowman 8 April 2015
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It’s not often that the one-time parent organisation the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (est 1900) puts on an event that is anything to do with Korea. But the upcoming talk at the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (est 1823) looks well worth the wait. Humour and Eighteenth-Century Korean Art RAS STUDENT […]

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Minjung Baek and Marisol Lee in duo recital

by Philip Gowman 7 April 2015
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The exciting young duo from South Korea, Marisol Lee (violin) and MinJung Baek (piano) will be performing two recitals on 20 and 21 April: a lunchtime recital at the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo, which bills itself as “the most intimate and unique event space in central London”, with the programme repeated the next day […]

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Ghosts of Jeju to get another London screening

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2015
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Eighteen months ago there was a screening of this documentary about the 4:3 incident also known as the Jeju Massacre. There’s now an opportunity to see it again at a deli in Deptford on 27 April as part of the Free Film Festival. Free event. No ticket required, but capacity is only 40 so get […]

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A week-long programme of films based on Korean novels at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2015
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April is the month of the London Book Fair (14-16 April at Olympia). Last year Korea was the market focus, an honour assumed by Mexico this year. But the Korea Publishers Association, LTI Korea and other bodies will be attending to fly the flag for Korea. To remind us of the fun we had last […]

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National Youth Orchestra premieres new Unsuk Chin commission

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2015
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The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain has commissioned a new work by Unsuk Chin which will be premiered at a concert at Sage Gateshead on 9 April. The programme, which also includes Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Percy Grainger’s eccentric and elaborately-scored The Warriors, will be broadcast live on Radio 3 at 7:30pm, and […]

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A private tour of the British Library’s Korean manuscripts with the BKS

by Philip Gowman 5 April 2015
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We’ve had private tours of the collections at the V&A and British Museum. Now comes a not-to-be-missed opportunity to go behind the scenes at the British Library. But you’ll need to join the British Korean Society first Tour of the British Library 96 Euston Road | London NW1 2DB Thursday 23 April 2015 6.15 pm […]

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Hong Sang-soo is April’s featured director at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 4 April 2015
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The month the KCC will be featuring two early films by Hong Sang-soo. Tony Rayns will be introducing The Day a Pig Fell in the Well on 16 April. As usual, reservation is required via the KCC website. Watch out for Song Kang-ho making his movie debut in a minor role in Hong’s first film. […]

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Kim Chang-kyum joins group show at Hall Place & Gardens

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2015
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Bexley Heritage Trust seems to be acquiring a taste for Korean contemporary art. Last year they included Lee Hyunkoo’s work in a group show at Hall Place & Gardens, and Shin Meekyoung’s work in an exhibition at nearby Danson House. This year, Kim Chang-kyum’s work Water Shadow Four Seasons will feature in a water-themed group […]

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The Human Condition and Theories of Unification in Korea – talk by Victor Cha at SOAS

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2015
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Notice of a talk at SOAS next week by Victor Cha, whose Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future has been on my reading pile for rather too long. Please note that seats are limited so please RSVP to Suliane Tillon at 618053 at soas dot ac dot uk. The Human Condition and Theories of […]

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This month’s KCC K-Culture lecture – the history and making of kimchi

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2015
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The upcoming lecture on the history and making of kimchi is sure to be popular. Note that the location is Le Cordon Bleu in Bloomsbury Square, but registration is required via the KCCUK in the normal way. The KCC has provided a kimchi recipe to whet your appetite. It looks like all quantities are approximate: […]

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Screening: Diving Bell / The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol

by Philip Gowman 31 March 2015
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The controversial film that has been causing all the recent trouble at the Busan film festival is getting a welcome screening in London. It’s the same night as the screening of Hong Sang-soo’s first movie around the corner at the KCC, but you can catch that on DVD another time. And the 16th happens to […]

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Kun Woo Paik plays Schubert, at the Wigmore Hall

by Philip Gowman 31 March 2015
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An evening of Schubert coming up at the Wigmore: Kun Woo Paik: a Schubert recital Time: Wednesday 22 April 2015 7:30PM Venue: Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP £35 | £30 | £25| £18 Book via the Wigmore Hall website Kun Woo Paik is greatly admired for his passionate and virtuosic playing. He […]

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Is it Really Korea? a photographic exhibition at Connect

by Philip Gowman 24 March 2015
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Andy McKillop, a person with aphasia, took photographs of his trip to South Korea to make a fascinating exhibition. The exhibition opens at Connect, St Alphege, King’s Bench Street, London SE1 0QZ (020 7367 0845) on Friday 27 March 2015 at 4.00pm till 8.00pm. Drinks and snacks provided. The exhibition continues in April: Wednesday 1 […]

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