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

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2015
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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 […]

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

by Philip Gowman 20 June 2015
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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 […]

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Icons of Rhetoric moves to Nottingham

by Philip Gowman 18 June 2015
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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, […]

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

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2015
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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 […]

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Juck Juck Grunzie to play the Windmill Brixton

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2015
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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 […]

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Have a Good Day, Mr Kim! – Choi and Lager’s summer exhibition in Cologne

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2015
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Nowhere near London, but I’m posting this just because I wish I could find a conveniently-timed flight to get me to the opening event, as this is an exhibition I’d love to get to. I fear that this press release is the closest I’m going to get. Choi and Lager have assembled a pretty impressive […]

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Comfort Women: Listening To Their Voices — free screenings and discussion in Sheffield

by Philip Gowman 13 June 2015
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A series of documentary screenings and discussions on the subject of Comfort Women, spread over Friday evening and Saturday. Director Byun Young-joo will be present to discuss her work – the first two documentaries of her 낮은 목소리 trilogy will be screening. Director Kim Dong-won will also be present. Korean Cinema Stories: Comfort Women — […]

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Kim Tae-yong is June’s featured director at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 10 June 2015
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Two contrasting films from June’s featured director, Kim Tae-yong. The first screening, Family Ties, is preceded by at talk by Mark Morris. As always, registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk. Family Ties (가족의 탄생, 2006) 11 June, 7pm Director: Kim Tae-yong Cast: Moon So-ri, Ko Doo-sim, Uhm Tae-woong, Kong Hyo-jin, Bong Tae-gyu 113 mins / cert […]

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Hyeonseo Lee: The Girl with Seven Names and three book launches

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2015
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Hyeonseo Lee’s memoir, The Girl with Seven Names, is published on 2 July. Three separate events on 1 July (Asia House), 2 July (European Association for Human Rights in North Korea) and 3 July (Guardian / Amnesty) will give you the chance to hear her story and get a signed copy. Details in date order […]

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Ann Shin’s movie – The Defector – screens at the Frontline Club

by Philip Gowman 2 June 2015
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Late notice of a screening this Friday near Paddington: Screening: The Defector – Escape from North Korea + Q&A Friday 5 June 2015, 7:00 PM Frontline Club | 13 Norfolk Place | London W2 1QJ | www.frontlineclub.com Book tickets This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ann Shin. As the leadership in […]

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June events 2015

by Philip Gowman 1 June 2015
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Screenings This month’s director at the KCC is Kim Tae-yong. Family Ties (2006) screens on 11 June and Memento Mori / Whispering Corridors 2 (1999) on 25 June. The TV drama pilot episode screenings this month, on 4 June, are Mama and Big Man Hong Sang-soo’s The Day a Pig Fell in the Well screens […]

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Shinwook Kim in Sleepwalker, at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 30 May 2015
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The second exhibition resulting from the KCCUK’s Open Call for artists: Shinwook Kim: Sleepwalker KCCUK Open Call II Korean Cultural Centre UK | Grand Buildings | 1 – 3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW | www.kccuk.org.uk 8 June – 27 June 2015 The second winner of 2015 KCCUK Open Call is Shinwook Kim. His first […]

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Julpungnyu – a traditional music concert at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 29 May 2015
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Notice of an upcoming traditional performance. As usual, booking is essential via info@kccuk.org.uk Traditional Korean Music Concert: Julpungnyu Fri 12 June, 7.30 pm Korean Cultural Centre UK, Multi-purpose Hall The five outstanding performers that make up the Daegu Hyangje Julpungyu Preservation Group will come to the KCCUK to perform ‘Julpungnyu’. Julpungnyu is based on 5 […]

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June’s K-drama pilot screenings

by Philip Gowman 28 May 2015
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Here are the two pilots that will be screening on 4 June at 7pm in the KCC, in a collaboration with the London Korean Drama Club. As usual, registration is required via info@kccuk.org.uk Mama (마마 – 세상 무서울 게 없는) First Broadcast: MBC (2014), 24 episodes Produced By: Pan Entertainment Cast: Song Yoon-ah, Jung Joon-ho, […]

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Refugee Week: North Koreans Living in the UK

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2015
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An upcoming event sponsored by the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea: Refugee Week: North Koreans Living in the UK Date: June 18, 2015 Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Venue: Manor Park Hall, 316b Malden Road, KT3 6AU [Map] Tickets: Entry is free, but donations are welcome. Join us on Thursday, June 18 for […]

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The Appreciation of Art and Joy – a concerto for traditional Korean instruments with Western orchestra

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2015
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You can often rely on the Thames Philharmonia to put together an interesting programme with a Korean angle. In June they will be presenting Bruckner’s 8th along with Hee Jung Kang’s concerto for traditional Korean instruments with symphony orchestra. The soloists, the Daegu Hyangje Julpungnyu ensemble, will also be performing at the Korean Cultural Centre […]

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Exhibition visit: Korean artists at Art 15

by Philip Gowman 26 May 2015
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No matter how prepared you think you are when you go to an art fair, you’ll always be caught unawares by a gallery who is showing an artist you weren’t expecting, or by a new side to an artist you thought you knew. In the most unlikely corner of the hall you can come across […]

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