Event news: K-music 2015 — Jambinai, 16 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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We’ve been wanting to see Jambinai live for years, but never made it down to Womad or any other of their gigs. So we’ll definitely be at the Rich Mix for this. K-Music: Jambinai Wednesday 16 September | 8:00PM LONDON Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA £10 + Booking fee […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — No Brain, 11 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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This one will definitely be worth checking out: K-Music: No Brain + support Friday 11 September | 7:00PM LONDON Scala | 275 Pentonville Road | Kings Cross | London N1 9NL £10 + Booking fee In England, we know a bit about Korean art music and hold some preconceptions about K-Pop – but we don’t […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — The Barberettes, 4+5 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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Two appearances from The Barberettes will be a really fun highlight of K-music 2015. K-Music: The Barberettes Friday 4 September | 8:00PM Saturday 5 September | 8:00PM LONDON Forge | 3-7 Delancey St | London NW1 7NL £15 + Booking fee The Barberettes are a spectacular vocal harmony trio, a timeslip girl group who turn […]

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Event news: K-music 2015 — SU:M + special guest, 1 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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2015’s K-music festival opens on the South Bank on 1 September with SU:M. K-Music: SU:M + special guest Arthur Jeffes from Penguin Cafe Tuesday 1 September | 7:45PM LONDON Southbank Centre | Purcell Room | Belvedere Road | London SE1 8XX £15 + Booking fee | Book here SU:M’s name (pronounced “soom”) translates as “breath” […]

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Event news: Topp Dogg appears at the Troxy, 4 Sept

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2015
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Among all the other music events this month we also have hip-hop boy band 탑독 battling for our attention. Their appearance clashes with the Barberettes, but you can also catch the latter the following night – so if your tastes are wide-ranging you can get to both. Topp Dogg Friday 4th September 2015 Troxy | […]

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Event news: Talk & See with Hwang Sun-mi

by Philip Gowman 13 August 2015
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A lovely book, and a charming film – though obviously the author prefers the original. Hwang Sun-mi will be on hand to discuss both this Sunday at a talk and screening. Talk & See with Hwang Sun-mi Sunday 16 August, 4pm £10 (Children free) Soho Hotel | 4 Richmond Mews | London W1D 3DH We […]

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Jang Jin is August’s featured director at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 11 August 2015
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I really rather like the two films for August. I’ll definitely give Guns and Talks a second viewing; and while a feelgood sporting romance is not the sort of thing that generally ticks my boxes, I amazed myself by enjoying Someone Special first time round, and I’m seriously considering giving it a re-watch, particularly as […]

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Exhibition news: The Korean Craft — Human, Place, History

by Philip Gowman 7 August 2015
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News of the KCCUK’s summer exhibition: The Korean Craft: Human, Place, History 10 Aug – 19 Sep 2015 Korean Cultural Centre This exhibition is dedicated to Bukchon, a district of Seoul and a reservoir of Korean arts, crafts and royal lifestyles, bearing traces from the turbulent history of the Joseon Dynasty (14th – 19th Century). […]

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August events 2015

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2015
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This is a busy month… Festivals We’re already well into Kingston Welcomes Korea, which lasts until 8 August. A schedule of events can be found here. The KTO and KCC have combined to put on a big event in Trafalgar Square, 9 August. Full details here. The Edinburgh Fringe has at least seven Korean performance […]

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August’s K-drama pilot screenings

by Philip Gowman 28 July 2015
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Details of this month’s pilot episode screenings, on Thursday 6 August from 7:00pm at the KCC. Pre-booking is required in the normal way. The Three Musketeers (삼총사) First Broadcast: tvN (2014), 12 episodes Produced by: CJ E&M Cast: Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jin-wook, Yang Dong-geun, Jung Hae-in Synopsis: The Three Musketeers is a television adaptation of […]

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Film Review: Korean Undertaker and Not One of the Forgotten

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2015
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For about four years Bona Shin of Theatre for All has been getting to know some of the British veterans from Korean War, particularly those based in the Virginia Water area; and as she got to know them she decided to collect some of their memories and preserve them in documentary form. The resulting two […]

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Exhibition news: Chun Kwang-young’s Aggregations in Edinburgh’s Dovecot Gallery

by Philip Gowman 26 July 2015
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A high profile Edinburgh exhibition for Chun Kwang-young in Festival season: Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations Daily 10-6pm 31 July to 31 August | Mon-Sat 10.30am-5.30pm 1-26 September Dovecot Studios | 10 Infirmary Street | Edinburgh EH1 1LT | dovecotstudios.com Dovecot Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Scotland of internationally renowned Korean artist Kwang Young […]

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Event notice: BKWS visit to Clarence House, 16 August

by Philip Gowman 26 July 2015
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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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Echoes and connections – an introduction to LKL’s 2015 Korea Trip

by Philip Gowman 20 July 2015
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A few days into this year’s Korea trip, my brain was threatening to explode. Coming to Seoul is always a pretty full-on experience: so many things to pack in, so many people to see; and inevitably the first few days you are also pretty sleep-deprived as you adjust to the time zone. But this year […]

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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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Brief book review: Mark James Russell — Young-hee and the Pullocho

by Philip Gowman 17 July 2015
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Mark James Russell: Young-hee and the Pullocho Tuttle Publishing, 2015, 258pp So annoying. I get sent a review copy of a work of fiction. I warn them that I probably won’t have time to read it properly, but promise to do my best to have a quick flick through it and to write a polite notice […]

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