Event Notices

Kyung Wha Chung returns to the concert platform in the UK this month for the first time in over a decade, with sonata performances in Liverpool (22 November), Perth (27 November) and London (2 December). Simultaneously a boxed set of all her Decca recordings (together with a couple from the Deutsche Grammophon catalogue) is being […]

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Discover Korea: How much do you know about Korea?

by Philip Gowman 11 November 2014
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Yes, I know you’re all focused on the Film Festival right now, but here are some interesting things for your diary later this month. Note that RSVPs to these talks are to the Embassy, not the KCC. Discover Korea: How much do you know about South Korea? Four talks on Korean Culture | Economy | […]

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Bada Song: Noon Shadows, at the new Tea Museum Art Space and Cafe, opening on 10 Nov

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2014
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10 November 2014 sees the launch of an interesting Anglo-Korean venture: The Tea Museum Art Space and Cafe. The brainchild of David and Jade Kilburn, the venture is based close to the Changdeokgung, at 61 Changdeokgung-gil: The cake counter looks as if it deserves some serious attention: and you can buy specially blended tea while […]

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The British Korean Society annual House of Lords event

by Philip Gowman 4 November 2014
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A reminder to British Korean Society members of the upcoming House of Lords reception. And if you’re not a member yet, this is your excuse to join. British Korean Society Reception at the House of Lords Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, London SW1A 0AA Thursday 20th November 2014 Starting 7pm – Carriages 9pm Hosted by Baroness […]

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Jenna Sung piano recital at the Wigmore

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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A Sunday piano recital that commemorates the Sewol disaster: Jenna Sung, piano Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition Winner 16 November 2014 – 7:30pm Ticket Prices: £15 £13 £10 £8 Ticket bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per-ticket. Book tickets on the Wigmore Hall […]

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Hong Sang-soo season on Film 4

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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There are still some Korean film fans out there who haven’t seen any Hong Sang-soo yet. There’s a chance to catch his latest at this years London Korean Film Festival. But you can also see some of his recent back catalogue on TV before then. This must be the first occasion that Hong Sang-soo has […]

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Icons of Rhetoric – a different approach to documenting North Korea, at Doomed Gallery

by Philip Gowman 1 November 2014
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This month starts with an exhibition of oil paintings by established DPRK artists, to be held in the DPRK Embassy. With serendipitous timing, another exhibition offering a very different perspective, in Dalston, 20-23 November: Icons of Rhetoric Chris Barrett, photographer, and Gianluca Spezza, researcher/writer 20 – 23 November 2014 Doomed Gallery | 65-67 Ridley Road […]

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North Korean Memoirs with Yeonmi Park and Jihyun Park

by Philip Gowman 31 October 2014
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If you missed out on the event in Parliament earlier this week (KBS report here), there’s a repeat in a slightly bigger venue on Monday. North Korean Memoirs with Yeonmi Park and Jihyun Park Monday 3rd November 2014, 2pm – 4pm St Anne’s Church London W1D 6AF. Due to the high demand, we are delighted […]

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Controversy in Korean Literature: Hailji on Road to the Racetrack

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2014
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What a great way to warm up for the London Korean Film Festival. Artist Talk: Think !n Literature Film Screening & Talk: Controversy in Korean Literature Wednesday 5 November │ 18:30-23:00 │ Korean Cultural Centre UK │ Speaker: Hailji, Author The Road to Racetrack RSVP to KCCUK on 0207 004 2600 or info@kccuk.org.uk We cordially […]

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Come celebrate the launch of the next 5 Dalkey K-Lit titles

by Philip Gowman 30 October 2014
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After last year’s release of ten titles, Dalkey Archive Press has a follow-up release of five new translations. If they all measure up to No One Writes Back from their first set, which was runaway winner of LKL’s Book of the Year 2013, there is treasure in store. So come and help celebrate, and encourage […]

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LKL’s latest must-see film of the LKFF 2014: The Road Called Life

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2014
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It’s taking a while to go through the LKFF 2014 programme to prioritise those films which I simply *have* to go to see. So thanks to Frances Yoo from Studio Meditation with a Pencil for alerting me to the title that instantly has gone from “when I get round to it, I’ll look to see […]

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Mother Green Tree Frog and Her Children, at Gresham College

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2014
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Gresham College hosts a free lunchtime talk, which they file under “Very Unusual”: Mother Green Tree Frog and Her Children Thursday, 13 November 2014 – 1:00pm Barnard’s Inn Hall | Holborn | London EC1N 2HH | www.gresham.ac.uk Overview Through an examination of selected Korean folktales, the lecture will illustrate how traditional society was influenced by […]

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DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition, at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2014
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The details of the exhibition of works by artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios have now been released. The exhibition will be at the DPRK Embassy. DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition Hosted by Mansudae Art Studio, DPR Korea & Heather Arts and Exhibits Ltd. sponsored by The Embassy of DPR Korea in London 3rd November – […]

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BAKS Conference 2014 – full programme announced

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2014
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The programme for this year’s BAKS conference has been released. Book details are at the bottom of this post. British Association for Korean Studies Conference 2014 Korean Identities in a Global Age University of Sheffield, Halifax Hall, The Endcliffe Village, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield S10 3ER 21–23 November 2014 Schedule Friday (21 November 2014) Arrival […]

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Ambassador Lim on security challenges in NE Asia

by Philip Gowman 26 October 2014
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Notice of the upcoming Korean Studies evening seminar at SOAS: Security Challenges in Northeast Asia HE Ambassador Sungnam Lim 31 October 2014, 5:15 – 7:00 pm Brunei Gallery Room B102 With an introduction by Professor Paul Webley, Director of SOAS, University of London, and chaired by Dr Tat Yan Kong (SOAS, University of London).

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London Korean Film Festival 2014: the schedule in detail

by Philip Gowman 23 October 2014
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Here’s the full schedule of the London Korean Film Festival 2014 for you to optimise your viewing pleasure. Full details will soon be up on the festival’s official website, www.koreanfilm.co.uk. And the tickets will be on sale at the relevant Odeon websites: Odeon West End | Odeon Covent Garden | Odeon Kingston. The 9th London […]

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John Stark: Witchcraft & Warfare, at Charlie Smith Gallery

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2014
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British artist John Stark has recently returned from Korea. His current exhibition at Charlie Smith Gallery includes some of his paintings from Korea, where he travelled extensively, in particular in Yeongyang County, Gyeongsangbuk-do, home of Ilwol san (“The Haunted Mountain”), said to be the final stronghold of Shamanism. John Stark: Witchcraft & Warfare Friday 10 […]

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