Event Notices

An interesting social event coming up for the British Korean Womens Society. You can find out more about the society here, or visit their website, www.bkws.org.uk. Visit to Clarence House St James’s Palace, London SW11BA (nearest underground Green Park) Sunday 16 August 2015, 11.30 am Clarence House was built between 1825 and 1827 to the designs […]

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Korean performers at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2015
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Once again, there is a strong representation of Korean performers at the 2015 Fringe. And scheduling clashes mean that if you want to get to all of the performances you need to allow three days – here’s a screenshot of LKL’s event calendar for peak time at the Fringe to prove it: Here’s some thoughts to […]

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KCC to host two previews of the Edinburgh Fringe

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2015
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On their way up to Edinburgh two groups of performers will be stopping off at the KCC to give us a preview of their shows. Not to be missed if you can’t make it up to Edinburgh. And even if you can, there are so many diary clashes between the Korean acts this year that […]

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London Korean Festival 2015 – a celebration of Korean culture in Trafalgar Square, 9 August

by Philip Gowman 11 July 2015
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It’s been a while since there was a big Korea-related event in Trafalgar Square – 7 years to be exact. Let’s hope the Korean food stalls clean up after themselves this time and so it won’t be another 7 years before the next big event. There’s something for everyone in the line-up for 9 August. […]

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Korean Traditional Ensemble SANI – additional concert date

by Philip Gowman 10 July 2015
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For those who can’t make it down to Kingston for SANI’s Independence Day Concert on 8 August, the ensemble will be giving a concert at SOAS the previous evening: Korean Traditional Ensemble SANI Date: 7 August 2015 Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Venue: SOAS, Russell Square, College Buildings Room G2 Registration: Free and open to […]

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New Malden Korean Food Festival 2015

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2015
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It’s the second Saturday in July, so it must be the Korean Food Fest at New Malden’s Fountain pub. 11 July 2015, from shortly before noon, but check with the pub for the exact time. There will be some familiar faces providing musical entertainment during the course of the day. Kayageum / guitar duo Kaya […]

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Kingston Welcomes Korea – a festival of Korean music, performance, art and more

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2015
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There’s something for everyone in the upcoming celebration of Kingston’s Korean community. Congratulations to the organisers for assembling such a varied programme of events. Full details at www.kingstonwelcomeskorea.org. Kingston Welcomes Korea 30 July to 8 August 2015 www.kingstonwelcomeskorea.org No borough in Britain, royal or otherwise, has thrown a party to welcome friends from the other […]

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Shan Hur in Sculpture in the City commission

by Philip Gowman 30 June 2015
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A new site-specific work by Shan Hur will be installed in the churchyard of St Helen’s Bishopsgate as part of Sculpture in the City 2015: Shan Hur | Sculpture in the City Located at St Helen’s Bishopsgate Churchyard, this artwork will be installed on 4 July 2015 Sculpture in the City, the dynamic yearly public […]

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The Korean Tea Ceremony – A Natural Approach

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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It’s nice that while Brother Anthony is in town we are getting to see him on two consecutive nights: with Ko Un on 15 July, and with tea-master Hyoam a day later: The Korean Tea Ceremony-A Natural Approach Thursday 16 July 2015 19.00 Korean Cultural Centre UK Entrance Free but Booking Essential RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk […]

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KWK exhibition: Korean traditional wedding and bridal room, 8-31 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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To complement the exhibition of contemporary Korean art showing as part of Kingston Welcomes Korea, here’s something more traditional: Korean traditional wedding and bridal room From August 8, 2015 until the end of August. Venue: Kingston Museum | Wheatfield Way | Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS A display of Korean Traditional Wedding and Bridal Room […]

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KWK Performance: YMAP – Alice in Wonderland, 7-8 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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YMAP’s version of Madame Freedom featured in the Edinburgh International Festival 2013, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they re-interpret Alice. YMAP: Alice in Wonderland Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, at 7.30 Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL running time 70mins Tickets from £10 […]

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KWK Talk: The Vengeful Ghost in Korean cinema, with Colette Balmain, 6 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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Colette Balmain has made Asian Horror cinema – with particular reference to Korea and Japan – something of her speciality, and so her talk as part of Kingston Welcomes Korea comes highly recommended. This is the second of two talks that focus on particular aspects of contemporary Korean culture, the first being Deborah Smith’s literary […]

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KWK exhibition: Rain Doesn’t Fall For Nothing, 4-14 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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A contemporary art exhibition as part of Kingston Welcomes Korea: Rain Doesn’t Fall For Nothing Participating Artists: HaYoung Kim, Sang Jin Kim, Sea Hyun Lee, Sejin Park, Meekyoung Shin Venue: The Creative Industries Centre, Kingston College, 55 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 5BP Admission FREE. Exhibition open: Tue 4 – Fri 14 August, […]

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KWK Performance: The Stem, the Bud, the Bloom and the Seed, 4-5 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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This is the KWK performance we’re looking forward to most of all. We’re big admirers of musician / composter / conductor Won Il from his work with Puri, Baramgot, and the National Orchestra of Korea, and our 2013 interview with him can be found here. He is coming over to Kingston two weeks early to […]

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KWK Talk: A Korean Literary Evening with Deborah Smith, 4 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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One of two discussions on aspects of contemporary Korean culture as part of Kingston Welcomes Korea – the other featuring Colette Balmain on the vengeful ghost in Korean movies. Deborah Smith’s translation credits include Han Kang’s The Vegetarian as well as Ahn Do-hyun’s fable mentioned below. The venue is New Malden Library – conveniently close […]

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KWK Performance: Ongals in Babbling Comedy, 1-2 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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These guys were hugely entertaining when they came to the Edinburgh Fringe (LKL review here), and they’ve also entertained us at the Thames Festival. They are also the first comedy act to have performed at the Seoul Arts Centre – so do support them when they come to the Rose Theatre Perfordian Factory: Ongals in […]

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KWK Performance: Brush, 1-2 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
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This production won many friends when it showed in Edinburgh and London in the last couple of years, so it’s nice to welcome it back. Theatre Haddangse: Brush Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, at 2.30 (Rose Studio) Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL Running time 55 minutes […]

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