Event news: KCC’s June house concert features Samson Tsoy Choi

by Events Editor 4 June 2017
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June’s House Concert at the KCC features pianist Samson Tsoy Choi: KCC House Concert with Samson Tsoy Choi (piano) Date/Time: Tuesday 27 June, 7pm Venue: Reception Hall, KCCUK Free admission but booking is required. RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600 PROGRAMME (95 mins inc. 20 interval) Schubert: 12 Waltzes D 145 Schubert: Impromptus D 899 Schumann: Kreisleriana […]

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Exhibition news: Paper Man — Lee Joo-youn, at Han Collection

by Events Editor 2 June 2017
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News of Han Collection’s June exhibition: Paper Man: Lee Joo-youn 7th Jun – 21st Jun 2017 Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk Far from the commercial super heroes of comics and movies, Paper Man lives in the lightness and destructibility of a sheet of paper. Shifting wind […]

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June events 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 June 2017
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A busy and varied month of events: Exhibitions The V&A’s exhibition of Contemporary Korean Ceramics lasts until 2018. Han Collection’s exhibition of buncheong ceramics lasts until 3 June. Their subsequent exhibition, Paper Man, opens on 6 June, lasting until 21 June. The KCCUK’s ceramics exhibition – Between Serenity and Dynamism – also closes on 3 […]

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Event news: 5100: Pentagon commemorates Gwangju in dance

by Events Editor 31 May 2017
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As part of Block Universe, a week-long festival of performance art held in venues across London, a new work by Young In Hong is inspired by Gwangju. 5100: Pentagon — Young In Hong Sunday, 4 June 2017, 3pm, duration 15 minutes. Sunday, 4 June 2017, 3.40pm, duration 15 minutes. Courtyard, Royal Academy of Arts | […]

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Event news: Zadie Xa in Block Universe commission

by Events Editor 31 May 2017
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A new commission from Korean Canadian artist Zadie Xa, with a related Artist Talk: Crash, Boom, Hisssssss. Legend of the Liquid Sword — Zadie Xa New commission Thursday, 1 June 2017, 7pm Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Rooms, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, entrance from Lancaster Place Tickets: £10 / £7.50 concessions | Book tickets Commissioned […]

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Event news: Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive

by Events Editor 30 May 2017
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We’re really looking forward to this exploration of the 60s and 70s avant-garde. It promises to be challenging, but hopefully rewarding too. Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive Korean Cultural Centre UK, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW Dates: 27 June – 19 August 2017 The Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK) is pleased to announce Rehearsals […]

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Hwang Jihae’s Shoes Tree project at Seoul Station

by Philip Gowman 28 May 2017
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This year’s Chelsea Flower Show has just come to an end. No Korean participation this year, as far as I am aware. Last year Hwang Hay-joung won silver gilt for her Smart Garden sponsored by LG. But loyal readers will remember back to 2011 and 2012, when Hwang Jihae, without a big name corporate sponsor, […]

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Event news: an interview with Michael Breen

by Events Editor 28 May 2017
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We enjoyed Mike Breen’s first book – The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies – and are currently enjoying this completely new and updated version. It’s full of fascinating detail as well as giving you the big picture. We were hoping to have written a review by now, but events […]

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Event news: the 4th LKFF Teaser is Han Jae-rim’s The King

by Events Editor 28 May 2017
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After the gentle comedy that was Queen of Walking, it looks like the tempo will be picked up with the fourth LKFF teaser screening. Shame that it clashes with the conversation with Mike Breen about his new book… The King (더 킹) Director: Han Jae-rim (2016, 134 mins) Starring: Cho In-sung, Jung Woo-sung, Bae Seong-woo, […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Virtuoso

by Events Editor 28 May 2017
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The second in this year’s Korean Sounds series promises to be a very satisfying one: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Virtuoso with members of the National Gugak Center and Sunwook Kim Wednesday 21 June, 7.30pm Kings Place, Hall One, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. Tickets from £9.50 online | Kings Place/Korean Sounds Kim […]

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News of the visual arts programme as part of Korea/UK season 2017/18

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2017
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Back in February, the British Council announced the various cultural events taking place in Korea as part of the UK/Korea season of cultural exchange. The first of the reciprocal events, the launch of the Korea/UK season, took place in the V&A last week with the launch of the Contemporary Korean Ceramics exhibition, with the upcoming […]

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Event news: KCC’s May house concert features Sung Kyu Choi (Baritone)

by Events Editor 27 May 2017
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May’s House Concert at the KCCUK features Sung Kyu Choi (Baritone): KCC House Concert with Sung Kyu Choi (Baritone) Date/Time: Tuesday 30 May, 7pm Venue: Reception Hall, KCCUK Free admission but booking is required. RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600 PROGRAMME (50 mins, no interval) Life, 삶, Leben, Vie, жизнь, Vita Ronald: A Cycle […]

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Event news: Nah Youn Sun at Ronnie Scotts

by Events Editor 24 May 2017
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A live performance from Youn Sun Nah is always a very special event. For her past couple of performances in London she has been with virtuoso guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who used to play with the Oscar Peterson Quartet. This time, she has a four-piece band, performing tracks from her album that was released this month, […]

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2017 travel diary – reminiscences

by Philip Gowman 21 May 2017
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This year, I’m not doing a detailed hour-by-hour account of my trip. That’s not because I didn’t have much to report. It’s just that I decided only to focus on the bits which merit standalone articles. After all, you don’t particularly want to know what I had for lunch every day, or who my dinner […]

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Exhibition news: Contemporary Korean Ceramics, at the V+A

by Events Editor 19 May 2017
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I rashly said yesterday morning that I thought that the upcoming Korean / British poetry collaboration coming up in June was the first London event in the UK/Korea Creative Futures 2017/18 programme. I was wrong. It was announced last night at the V&A that their Contemporary Korean Ceramics exhibition, which opens today, is officially the […]

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Event news: Beyond Words – South Korean + British poets in collaboration

by Events Editor 18 May 2017
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To my knowledge this is the first London-based event in the UK/Korea Creative Futures programme 2017-18. Beyond Words: South Korean & British poets in collaboration Saturday 3rd June 2017, 7.30pm – Free Entrance Rich Mix Venue Two | 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd | London E1 6LA | www.richmix.org.uk A dynamic new collaborative project featuring new works of […]

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Love X Stereo at the Windmill – both intimate and euphoric

by Philip Gowman 17 May 2017
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Many thanks to Annie Ko and Toby Hwang for a fantastic gig down in Brixton on Monday night. Featuring tracks from their recently-released album 37A – the first fruits of their crowdfunded project for 2017 in which they aim to release 37 songs during the course of the year – as well as earlier albums, […]

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