Cho Young-wuk is the third of the KCC’s film professionals

by Philip Gowman 10 July 2014
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The Year of the Film Professionals turns to focus on music director Jo Young-wook / Cho Young-wuk, who according to Hancinema has a pretty impressive roster of films to his credit. Here’s the schedule for the quarter. Registration as always is required via the KCCUK website. The Contact (접속) Director: Jang Yoon-hyun (1997) Cast: Han […]

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Artist Talk – Re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet

by Philip Gowman 9 July 2014
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This is the third talk presented in connection with the Seoul in the City strand of this year’s City of London Festival. And check this link to find out about an offer of free tickets to Yohangza Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet this Saturday. Beyond Borders: Re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet Monday 14 July 2014, 19:00 to […]

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Jeehee Park: Elephant in the Room, at Hanmi Gallery

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2014
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News of Hanmi Gallery’s 36th interim exhibition: Jeehee Park: Elephant in the Room 18 July – 3 August 2014 12 – 6pm every day Hanmi Gallery | 30 Maple Street | London | W1T 6HA | 020 7436 9717 www.hanmigallery.co.uk Hanmi Gallery is pleased to present Elephant in the Room — an exhibition of multi-sensory […]

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“Jazz” in the DPRK: Autumn Whispers and the forbidden fruit of Richard Clayderman

by Philip Gowman 7 July 2014
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I’ve just finished reading Jang Jin-sung’s memoir, Dear Leader. It’s a real page-turner that will appeal to many types of readers, including people who like a good adventure story (the passages describing Jang’s evasion of Chinese and North Korean security forces once he has fled from the North Korean capital are genuinely exciting) and of […]

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Korean performers at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe

by Philip Gowman 6 July 2014
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As usual, the Edinburgh Fringe will host a range of Korean performers this year with something to suit all tastes and ages. Kkachidong theatre company, who two years ago introduced me to the legend of Grandmother Mago, returns to tackle something more grounded in history: the life story of dancer Choi Seung-hee. Norian Maro from […]

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Mt Chilbo is the fourth DPRK biosphere reserve

by Philip Gowman 4 July 2014
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At the 26th meeting of the UNESCO International Coordinating Council of the Man and Biosphere Program on 10-13 June, thirteen new sites were added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Among them was Mt Chilbo (칠보산), in Myongchon County, North Hamgyong Province. This 340 hectare site in the north-east of the country is a […]

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Shin Meekyoung’s Toilet Project comes to sketch London

by Philip Gowman 4 July 2014
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Shin Meekyoung’s Toilet Project seems to be getting everywhere. Now at a club just off Regent Street. Meekyoung Shin: Toilet Project sketch, 9 Conduit Street, W1S 2XG FROM JULY Hanmi gallery is pleased to present Meekyoung Shin’s ongoing “Toilet Project” at sketch London, which will feature soap “artefact” sculptures that visitors can ‘use’ in the […]

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Andersen’s Gazes – an outstanding fusion of body, image and sound

by Colette Balmain 3 July 2014
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Andersen’s Gazes is the second in a series of collaborations between Lee Kyung-ok Dance Company and pop artist Mari Kim. The first, The Boy in the Red Shoes, was performed at KB Haneul Youth Theatre in November 2013. The Boy in the Red Shoes was created by the National Dance Company of Korea, and choreographed […]

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Soon Hak Kwon: Truth is in the Detail, at Union Gallery

by Philip Gowman 3 July 2014
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I somehow can’t believe that this is Soon Hak Kwon’s first solo show in the UK – he has been such a fixture of the Korean art scene over the past few years that I kind of assume he must have had several. Anyway, it’ll be nice to be able to focus on his work […]

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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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