London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Novus String Quartet returns to the Wigmore

Wigmore Hall regulars the Novus String Quartet – Jaeyoung Kim (violin), Young-Uk Kim (violin), Kyuhyun Kim (viola) and Wonhae Lee (cello) – return to London for an hour-long coffee concert on Sunday morning, 14 April, and a full length concert on Monday evening, 15 April Sunday 14 April 2024, 11.30am WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: String Quartet … [Read More]

Musical: Marie Curie

Marie Curie. Physicist. Pioneer. Parent. Marie Curie is certain that she can make a name for herself and change the course of science in the progress as she arrives from her native Poland to study at Sorbonne University in Paris. When she discovers Radium, a new chemical element, she’s lauded with the Nobel Prize but … [Read More]

April events 2024

Here’s the list for April. Plenty on offer for music fans; for others the main interest is outside of London, and in the new books coming out this month. Exhibitions In Manchester, Jane Jin Kaisen’s Halmang is at esea contemporary until 21 April. In Bristol, Young In Hong’s Five Acts is at Spike Island all … [Read More]

Korean Documentary season at Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema

This season focuses on bringing contemporary Korean documentary to Sheffield and showing the breadth of films that are emerging in the Korean documentary market. Experience modern Korea through the lens of these captivating stories that explore diverse topics from cats to football, from North Korean politics to LGBTQ+ parenting. From the streets of Seoul to the forgotten countryside, each documentary … [Read More]

Korean films at Queer East 2024

After the Korea focus in last year’s festival it was perhaps a little bit to be expected that this year there would be less in the way of Korean content.  So we have one South Korean feature film from 1967 (directed by Choi Eun-hee) and a handful of shorts; plus a 2016 feature by Korean … [Read More]

[UCLan] Exploring Dynamics: Korean Anthropology and Sociology in a Global Context

The International Institute of Korean Studies UCLan (IKSU) is holding its annual conference on 19-20 April. The programme is as follows: Day 1: 19 April 2024 (Friday) Opening session Opening Remarks by Sojin Lim (University of Central Lancashire, UK) Welcoming Remarks by Niki Alsford (University of Central Lancashire, UK) Session 1 – Migration and Diaspora … [Read More]

Seong-Jin Cho plays Beethoven 4

Seong-Jin Cho plays Beethoven’s poetic Fourth Piano Concerto. You can’t keep inspiration down. Michael Tippett heard the chugging of a steamboat on a Swiss lake, and his Second Symphony burst into vibrant, bustling life. Wagner wrestled with faith and philosophy, and created music that seems to hover, glowing, in mid-air. And Ludwig van Beethoven sat … [Read More]

Seventeen play Glastonbury Pyramid Stage

They’re not the first Korean act to appear at Britain’s best-known festival – acts such as Jambinai and Gonne Choi have appeared before – but they’re the first to perform on the main stage (the Pyramid). In what was probably just a load of clickbait froth, publications such as the Daily Mail picked up on … [Read More]

Tacit Group and Gazaebal return to the Coronet

Immersive audio-visual pioneers Tacit Group and their co-founder Gazaebal present two special concerts showcasing their spectacular synthesis of sound and visual art. Each night artists from Tacit Group use a live mix of mathematical coding and computer programming to produce an utterly unique and compelling event. Their algorithmic art has echoes of the concept of synesthesia: “we love the … [Read More]

Jaha Koo’s Haribo Kimchi at the Purcell Room

In a South Korean snack bar, four lost souls take us on a journey through the history of South Korea through the familiar, startling and sacred language of food. Floating aromas of a steamy simmering soup, the sharp sound of a knife quickly slicing spring onions, the hissing and sizzling of mushrooms on a scorching … [Read More]

Exhuma (파묘) – UK theatrical release

A shaman is offered a large amount of money to move a tomb. He moves with his companion, Ji Gwan. After suffering from serial paranormal events, a wealthy family living in LA summons a young rising shaman duo Hwa-rim (KIM Go-eun) and Bong-gil (LEE Do-hyun) to save the newborn of the family. Once they arrive, … [Read More]

Oh Myung-hee in The Future is Female, at the Garrison Chapel

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, The Future is Female exhibition by The Art Link aims to showcase exceptional female sculptors, both established and emerging, while addressing the long standing gender disparity in the art world. The exhibition will feature 18 female sculptors and 40 works of art, offering a diverse and thought-provoking exploration of contemporary female … [Read More]