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

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
Thumbnail image for KWK Talk: The Vengeful Ghost in Korean cinema, with Colette Balmain, 6 Aug

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 […]

Read the full article →

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

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
Thumbnail image for KWK exhibition: Rain Doesn’t Fall For Nothing, 4-14 Aug

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, […]

Read the full article →

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

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
Thumbnail image for KWK Performance: The Stem, the Bud, the Bloom and the Seed, 4-5 Aug

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 […]

Read the full article →

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

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
Thumbnail image for KWK Talk: A Korean Literary Evening with Deborah Smith, 4 Aug

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 […]

Read the full article →

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

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
Thumbnail image for KWK Performance: Ongals in Babbling Comedy, 1-2 Aug

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 […]

Read the full article →

KWK Performance: Brush, 1-2 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
Thumbnail image for KWK Performance: Brush, 1-2 Aug

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 […]

Read the full article →

KWK: Music at All Saints, 1- 8 Aug

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
Thumbnail image for KWK: Music at All Saints, 1- 8 Aug

As part of Kingston Welcomes Korea, a series of concerts at All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP. Itinerary Series directors: David Sutton Anderson and Avril Anderson Consultant and Presenter: Keith Howard This concert series will provide selected members of an outstanding generation of young Korean musicians with their first recital opportunities. […]

Read the full article →

KWK Performance: In Nam Soon, 30-31 July

by Philip Gowman 28 June 2015
Thumbnail image for KWK Performance: In Nam Soon, 30-31 July

Kingston Welcomes Korea kicks off with an opening gala performance on 30 July: In Nam-soon and Company Thursday July 30 at 8pm, Friday July 31 at 7.30pm Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL Running time 90 mins Tickets are £10-50 Plus £1.60 transaction fee for Gala evening on 30th […]

Read the full article →

A Poetry Evening with Ko Un and Brother Anthony

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2015
Thumbnail image for A Poetry Evening with Ko Un and Brother Anthony

Ko Un is paying one of his regular visits to the UK in July, with a reading at the KCC on 15 July which follows his appearance at the Ledbury Poetry Festival: A Poetry Evening with Ko Un Ko Un with Brother Anthony of Taizé reading in Korean and English Wednesday 15 July 2015, 7pm […]

Read the full article →

Arirang: the 2015 KAA summer residency at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 23 June 2015
Thumbnail image for Arirang: the 2015 KAA summer residency at the KCC

This year’s summer residency of the Korean Artists Association at the KCC runs for nearly three weeks, 7 – 27 July. Registration is required for the opening performance, via koreanartuk@gmail.com. Arirang: the 2015 Korean Artists’ Association summer residency at the KCC 2015 Opening Reception: Tue 7th July 6pm – 8.30pm PERFORMANCE: 7pm RSVP: koreanartuk@gmail.com EXHIBITION: […]

Read the full article →

Conference report – Comfort Women: Listening To Their Voices

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2015
Thumbnail image for Conference report – Comfort Women: Listening To Their Voices

Short of bringing some of the surviving halmonis to the UK in person, it is difficult to imagine how the organisers of this weekend’s gathering in Sheffield could have assembled a better line-up of people to discuss the Comfort Women issue. We had Byun Young-joo, director of the trilogy of documentaries focusing on the Korean […]

Read the full article →

Press preview: Two Korean War documentaries

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2015
Thumbnail image for Press preview: Two Korean War documentaries

For a while now Theatre for All have been working with British Korean War veterans, gathering their memories. Some of the fruits of their labours will be revealed this Thursday, the 65th anniversary of the start of the war, in a press preview in Kingston. You can register for the screenings at Eventbrite. Premiere screenings: […]

Read the full article →

An update on the UK–Korea relationship from our two ambassadors

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2015
Thumbnail image for An update on the UK–Korea relationship from our two ambassadors

If you’re not already a member of the British Korean Society, this is a good reason to join. Membership details can be found here. Update on the UK–Korea relationship Monday 6 July 2015, 6.30pm for 7.00pm Korean Cultural Centre. A talk by H.E Charles Hay, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and H.E Michael […]

Read the full article →

침묵 Silence, A Day at the Temple — at Asia House

by Philip Gowman 20 June 2015
Thumbnail image for 침묵 Silence, A Day at the Temple — at Asia House

An interesting day of dance, tea and meditation at Asia House: 침묵 Silence, A Day at the Temple Monday 13 July 2015, 12:00 – 8:30pm Asia House | 63 New Cavendish Street | London W1G 7LP Admission free but registration required: register here. Join us to recreate a day in a temple with performances by […]

Read the full article →

Icons of Rhetoric moves to Nottingham

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2015
Thumbnail image for Icons of Rhetoric moves to Nottingham

After two successful shows in London, Chris Barrett’s and Gianluca Spezza’s thoughtful take on North Korean media moves to Nottingham: ICONS OF RHETORIC | 북한의 수사학 아이콘 Looking In, With a View to Looking Out North Korea reinterpreted on instant film DATE: Thu 18 Jun 2015 – Fri 10 Jul 2015 TIME: Monday – Friday, […]

Read the full article →

Minho Kwon: We Also Deserve to Live — at The Foundry Gallery

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2015
Thumbnail image for Minho Kwon: We Also Deserve to Live — at The Foundry Gallery

I enjoyed seeing Minho Kwon’s work at Anise Gallery last year, so I’m looking forward to seeing some of his new work at The Foundry Gallery in Chelsea this summer: We Also Deserve to Live New work by Minho Kwon 2 July – 13 August The Foundry Gallery | 39 Old Church St | Chelsea […]

Read the full article →

Juck Juck Grunzie to play the Windmill Brixton

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2015
Thumbnail image for Juck Juck Grunzie to play the Windmill Brixton

The Windmill seems to be turning into a regular venue for Korean bands passing through London looking for a gig: JUCK JUCK GRUNZIE + Meatraffle + Primordial Soup 30 June 2015, 8pm Windmill Brixton | 22 Blenheim Gardens | London SW2 5BZ | windmillbrixton.co.uk Book Tickets (£5 + £1 service charge) Crazed, sleazy psych-noise-postpunk girl-boy […]

Read the full article →