UK-Korea Relations – A Talk by Thomas Harris KBE

by Matthew Jackson 2 July 2014
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The talk on UK-Korea relations by Sir Thomas Harris KBE CMG, held at Gresham College on Friday 27th of June, was both a stimulating and ultimately uplifting account of the diplomatic and economic interactions between the two countries before and after the Korean War. Amongst his various international posts as a businessman and diplomat, Sir […]

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A special offer on Ensemble Sinawi for LKL readers

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2014
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Enjoying Seoul in the City so far? Me too. I’m not sure we’ll get around to reviewing everything on LKL, but Matthew’s account of Sir Robert Harris’s talk on UK-Korea relations, and Colette’s review of Andersen’s Gazes, will both be posted soon. There’s plenty more to come, but I wanted to share with you a […]

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The life of North Koreans in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2014
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As part of the 7th New Malden Arts Festival (19th July ~ 2 August 2014), Theatre4All are presenting an evening focusing on the lives of North Koreans in New Malden. Life of North Koreans in New Malden Malden Centre | Blagdon Road | New Malden | KT3 4TA Saturday 26 July 2014 7:30pm ~ 9:00pm […]

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July events

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2014
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Here are the events I know of for July. Music and Performance July sees the remainder of the City of London Festival. Highlights are Ensemble Sinawi at LSO St Luke’s on 8 July, followed by a performance / workshop at SOAS on 9 July A Korean Hamlet at the Peacock on 12 July Young Korean […]

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Korea wins Golden Lion in Venice architecture biennale

by Philip Gowman 30 June 2014
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There have been a lot of Korean Ministry of Culture bigwigs in town this week for the opening of the City of London Festival, in which Korean performers are playing a major part. And many of the officials are going home to Seoul via Venice. Why? Because the Korean Pavilion has been awarded the Golden […]

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The London Korean Novel Club

by Philip Gowman 29 June 2014
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Many LKL followers will have already heard of the London Korean Novel Club – not to be confused with the monthly Korean Literature Night meetups at the KCC. The London Korean Novel Club was born in part because the KCC-organised literature nights seemed to get booked up so quickly: there’s obviously a market for informal […]

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Killer creativity at the RCA graduate show

by Philip Gowman 27 June 2014
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A quick tour of the Royal College of Art degree show last weekend showed just how many Korean artists and designers there are in London. I had gone along to see the work of a handful of friends whose work I had got to know through various exhibitions over the past couple of years, and […]

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Ensemble Sinawi in Artist Talk: Think in Performance

by Philip Gowman 24 June 2014
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As part of the Seoul in the City strand of the City of London Festival, SOAS is hosting an evening of performance and instruction with Korean fusion band Ensemble Sinawi. The ensemble is performing at LSO St Luke’s on the previous evening, 8 July. Artist Talk: Think In Performance Beyond Borders: Re-creating Pansori in the […]

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Ensemble Sinawi at LSO St Luke’s – don’t miss one of the highlights of COLF

by Philip Gowman 23 June 2014
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For many LKL followers, the highlight of the City of London Festival this year will be the performance by Ensemble Sinawi at LSO St Luke’s on 8 July. If you liked Geomungo Factory at the K-Music festival last year, or have caught Baramgot on one of their London performances, this evening’s performance will be a […]

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Inventing Temperature – the KCC’s summer exhibition

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2014
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Now this is something quite different: an exhibition inspired by the ideas of a Cambridge academic. Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, and describes his research interests as “history and philosophy of chemistry and physics from the 18th century onward; philosophy of scientific practice; other topics in […]

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Hyunjoo Son: The Island is a Buoy, at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 22 June 2014
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News of the upcoming Mokspace exhibition. Strange to have an opening viewing on a Wednesday, when it’s head-to-head with the opening of the KCC’s new exhibition. But catch it while you can: it’s only on for less than two weeks. Hyunjoo Son: The Island is a Buoy Private View: Wednesday 25th June 6.00 – 8.00 […]

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Andersen’s Gazes – a dance collaboration as part of Seoul in the City

by Philip Gowman 20 June 2014
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This should be an entertaining and rewarding contribution to the Seoul in the City programme of the City of London Festival: a collaboration between a leading Korean dance company and artist Mari Kim. Mari Kim’s pop art is sometimes to be seen at the Albemarle Gallery, and it will be interesting to see how it […]

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Interview with the new KTO President in Korea Herald

by Philip Gowman 19 June 2014
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Hmmm. Gone is the 기, 흥 and 정 of Lee Charm. Instead, are we to get an emphasis on K-pop at the expense of the more traditional things? Two quotes from an interview with Byun Choo-suk, the new KTO president, in the Korea Herald: “The royal guard changing ceremony at palaces in Seoul, traditional mask […]

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New works by Minho Kwon – at Anise Gallery

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2014
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The last time I saw some of Minho Kwon’s work was in one of the KCC’s Call for Artists exhibitions, back in December 2008. So it’s good to see a solo show coming up at Anise Gallery near Tower Bridge: New Works by Minho Kwon Anise Gallery, 27 June – 20 July 13a Shad Thames […]

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Anna Paik in Medici Gallery Still Life exhibition

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2014
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The Medici Gallery’s current exhibition, which runs 10 June – 8 July 2014, features paintings by six artists, including Anna Paik. Still Life Exhibition June 10th – July 8th Pierre-Yves Russo, Barbara Richardson RBA, Jo Barrett, Andrew Holmes, Tom Hughes and Anna Paik Medici Gallery | 5 Cork Street | London | W1S 3LQ | […]

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Call for Papers – BAKS Conference 2014

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2014
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The CFP for the 2014 BAKS conference: Korean Identities in a Global Age Call for Papers for a Conference, 21-23 November 2014 British Association of Korean Studies (to be convened at the University of Sheffield) From the birth of modern Korea, the Korean people have been prominently entwined with and influential upon global events, but […]

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Q: What do Sylvia Park and Angelina Jolie have in common?

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2014
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A: They were both honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on 13 June. In the Diplomatic and Overseas listing, within the list of those honoured with an MBE, there is the following: Mrs Sylvia Chong-Ae Park, Events secretary, Anglo-Korean Society. For services to strengthening links between the UK and Korea. Sylvia marks 20 […]

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