It’s been a while since I last heard of a Korean exhibition at Union Gallery. Was it really as long ago as 2014? And that was also Soon-Hak Kwon. It’ll be nice to see his new work. Soon-Hak Kwon: Everynothing Union Gallery | 94 Teesdale Street | London E2 6PU | 18 October – 4 […]

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Bahngbek performs at Rich Mix as part of LEAFF

by Events Editor 16 October 2017
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The only time I’ve heard Baik Hyun-jhin perform live he had his head in a fireplace and was making moaning sounds up a chimney. He can make a performance of anything. His bandmate Bang Jun-seok has composed the soundtracks for movies from …ing to Battleship Island. Their 2015 debut album together, Your Hands, is well […]

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Exhibition visit: Oh Man-chul ceramic paintings, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2017
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I was sorry to have missed the opening of the current exhibition by Oh Man-chul at Han Collection. I made up for it by spending some time at the gallery a couple of days later. Park Jinsu kindly provided a photo of Master Oh’s opening performance, a painting on a 2 metre square canvas executed […]

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Kingston Korean Festival 2017: the photos

by Philip Gowman 14 October 2017
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Here is a collection of photos from the Korean Festival held in Kingston’s ancient market place on Saturday 16 September 2017. 16,706 people attended the festival and 526 people enjoyed the audience participation programmes on the day! LKL, unfortunately, wasn’t one of them, and these photos are taken with permission from the organisers’ Facebook page […]

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KCC’s October House Concert features Seungwon Lee (piano) and Amy Yule (flute)

by Events Editor 14 October 2017
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News of this month’s House Concert at the Korean Cultural Centre: KCC House Concert with Seungwon Lee and Amy Yule Tuesday 24 October, 7 pm | Reception Hall, KCCUK Admission is free, but booking is required RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600 Seungwon Lee: Piano Amy Yule: Flute Programme Bach Flute Sonata in E […]

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Film review: Memoir of a Murderer

by Philip Gowman 12 October 2017
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Memoir of a Murderer asks us to step inside the mind of someone who is losing his memory, a sufferer of Alzheimer’s disease. The movie opens with a scene focusing on the face of a gaunt and aged-looking Sol Kyung-gu as single dad Kim Byung-soo. As we watch, his face begins to twitch. At first […]

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Oh Myung-hee: Metamorphosis – a Journey of Transformation, at Saatchi Gallery

by Events Editor 12 October 2017
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Late notice of an exhibition currently on at the Saatchi Gallery: Oh Myung-hee: Metamorphosis – a Journey of Transformation 10 October – 30 October 2017 | 10am-6pm, 7 days a week Saatchi Gallery | Duke of York’s HQ | King’s Road | London SW3 4RY | www.saatchigallery.com Curated by Eva McGaw and Tatiana Palinkasev. Metamorphosis […]

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Gig review: Kim Hyelim + Alice Zawadzki

by Philip Gowman 11 October 2017
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I have to confess: I was a little nervous as I set off for Dalston on a dark Monday evening. If I had a minor gripe with the opening gig of the K-music festival at the Union Chapel, billed as a collaboration between East and West, it was that there was not enough collaboration: Kathryn […]

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Gig review: Jeon Jeduk and Park Juwon at Pizza Express

by Philip Gowman 10 October 2017
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What can one say about a pair of such flawless musicians? Jeon Jeduk, blind since birth, has been compared with Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder; Park Juwon… I’m not sure who he’s been compared with, but as I listened to his set I was reminded of the stunning album Passion Grace and Fire by guitarists […]

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Gig review: Heemoon Lee + Prelude

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2017
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Last Sunday night we had the choice between two Korean performers, both known for their unusual dress sense and unique stage presence and more importantly both leaders in their respective fields. With one, the price tag was upwards of £60, for which you had to queue up at a large North London venue, submit to […]

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Film review double bill: Bamseom Pirates and Criminal Conspiracy

by Philip Gowman 8 October 2017
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This weekend gave us the opportunity to watch two very different documentaries which cast their critical eye over contemporary Korean society and recent political history. Part of the fascination of both of them for UK-based Korea-watchers is the way they resonate: they provide, in the one case, a laser-like dissection of an issue of which […]

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Jeju teachers in Kingston exchange

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2017
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I do like receiving these occasional press releases from Kingston Council as I wouldn’t normally get to hear about things like this: Kingston schools welcome teachers from Korea in cultural exchange programme Seven teachers from Jeju in South Korea, Kingston’s partner town, are working in local schools and staying with local families as part of […]

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LEAFF, LKFF and the battle for our diaries

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2017
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The film festival season is upon us, and this requires some serious diary planning. Fortunately the BFI London Film Festival remains serenely distant from the ignominious tangle caused by the collision of LEAFF and LKFF. With four titles scheduled earlier in the month, including the movie that I’ve been most looking forward to all year […]

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October events 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 October 2017
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This is probably the most congested month since LKL’s records began in 2006. Three film festivals take out much of the end of the month; the K-music festival has some very enticing gigs; the unmissable Ahn Eun-me comes to London for two days; and far too much else besides. And then there’s this very tempting […]

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Anna Paik: Invocation, at Han Collection

by Events Editor 1 October 2017
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The second of Han Collection’s exhibitions this month to focus on ceramics: Anna Paik: Invocation ​Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk 24 – 31 October 2017 A Visual Meditation of Condensed Memory Oil Paintings inspired by Korean Ceramic Bowls and Moon Jars ​ Schooled in the tradition […]

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Screening: Criminal Conspiracy

by Events Editor 1 October 2017
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News of a free documentary screenings courtesy of the Birkbeck International Documentary Society: Criminal Conspiracy 공범자들 Dir: Choi Seung-ho (2017, 105 mins) Birkbeck Cinema | 43 Gordon Square | London WC1H 0PD 7 October 2pm | Event’s Facebook page During the Lee Myung-Bak presidency Public Broadcasting in South Korea came under heavy government control and […]

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Oh Man-chul: How brilliant is the love of clay and fire, at Han Collection

by Events Editor 1 October 2017
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Two exhibitions this month feature the Moon Jar. First, the below; and later, Anna Paik’s Invocation. Oh Man Chul: How brilliant is the love of clay and fire ​Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk 5th – 21st October 2017 Live performances, 5 Oct @6pm | 7 Oct […]

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