I fell over this upcoming gig while browsing on Facebook a couple of days ago: the four-member hip-hop boy band AlphaBAT are coming to London at the end of the month. The venue’s website provides no more information than the gig’s Facebook event page, namely just the time, place and price: you are assumed to […]

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Korean crafts at Collect 2018

by Events Editor 20 January 2018
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In addition to the major Korean exhibitors listed below, glass artist Choi Keeryong will be in the Scotland Craft & Design collection, and textile artist Kang Soojin will be with jaggedart. Collect 2018 Saatchi Gallery | Duke of York’s HQ | King’s Road | London SW3 4RY Thursday 22 February, 12pm – 7pm Friday 23 […]

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SOAS conference: Colonialism and its Reverberations

by Events Editor 16 January 2018
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A good half-day conference coming at the beginning of February. Check the event’s Facebook page or the SOAS website for updates. Colonialism and its Reverberations: ‘Comfort Women’ and Historical Revisionism in Korea and Japan Professor Yonson Ahn (University of Frankfurt), Professor Vladimir Tikhonov (University of Oslo), Professor Chong Yeonghwan (Meiji Gakuin University) 3 February 2018, […]

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The LKL quiz of the year 2017

by Philip Gowman 15 January 2018
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I’m currently going through my 2017 press cuttings and trying to make sense of them, in the hope that as in (some) previous years I’ll be able to pull together a series of posts summarising some of the most newsworthy stories of the year. In case I don’t manage to get that done (after all, […]

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The Kim Aeran essay contest: so far, so good

by Philip Gowman 14 January 2018
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I struggled with previous KLTI Essay Contests. With There a Petal Silently Falls, having read it three times, I still couldn’t find an angle into it, and although I wrote an essay it was a pretty uninspired offering. With Who Ate Up all the Shinga, I probably enjoyed the book more, but again couldn’t really connect […]

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Evening talk: Inside North Korea

by Events Editor 14 January 2018
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Mike Glendinning and Jihyun Park gave this talk in London and Manchester last year (6 Nov and 3 Dec 2017). Further opportunities to hear the talk are in London on 23 Jan and Manchester on 18 Mar 2018: Inside North Korea Venue: Lock 17, Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AL (Exact address will be provided […]

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Exhibition news: Minjung Kim — The Memory of Process, at White Cube

by Events Editor 13 January 2018
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The White Cube’s Katharine Kostyál continues her exploration of Dansaekhwa with what seems to be turning into an annual January opening. Minjung Kim: The Memory of Process White Cube | 25 – 26 Mason’s Yard | London SW1Y 6BU | whitecube.com Preview: Thursday 25 January, 6-8pm 26 January – 10 March 2018 Tuesday – Saturday […]

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Spring 2018 season of lectures at SOAS

by Events Editor 12 January 2018
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Here are the seminars announced for the Autumn 2017 season at SOAS. Check the SOAS website for updates. 19/01/18 Korean Wave Reception and Participatory Fan Culture in Latin America: Prof. Wonjung Min 02/02/18 Korean Cinema Echoes: TBA 03/02/18 Colonialism and its Reverberations: ‘Comfort Women’ and Historical Revisionism in Korea and Japan Professor Yonson Ahn (University […]

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Korean galleries at London Art Fair 2018

by Events Editor 12 January 2018
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I’m not sure if I’m going to get the chance to go to the London Art Fair this year. But a scan of the website indicates the following galleries of interest. As usual, you’ll probably find Korean artists at one or two other stands as well. Gallery Location Artists Atelier Aki STAND G04 Kang Yehsine, […]

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Handmaiden nominated for foreign language BAFTA

by Philip Gowman 10 January 2018
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It’s up against four others including Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, but Park Chan-wook’s Handmaiden has made the shortlist announced yesterday for best feature film not in the English language. The shortlist was determined by an “opt-in chapter” of BAFTA voting members. The winners will be announced on 18 February. Films are only eligible to be entered into […]

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A new year gift from the Korean Film Archive

by Philip Gowman 6 January 2018
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Those nice people at the Korean Film Archive have given us a new year gift, in the form of twenty-one English subtitled classic movies newly uploaded to their YouTube channel. At least two of these have been available on subtitled DVD before (Come, Come, Come Upward and Gingko Bed) but I’m assuming these are new, […]

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Se-mi Hwang with PERC’M in RCM Percussion Showcase

by Events Editor 6 January 2018
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The first Korea-related concert of the new year features Stuttgart-based percussionist Se-mi Hwang: Percussion Showcase Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall | Royal College of Music | Prince Consort Road | London SW7 2BS 17 January 2018, 7:30pm Tickets £5 | Book here Se-Mi Hwang percussion PERC’M Keiko Abe: The Wave Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual JS Bach: […]

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KCC’s January House concert features the Odora Trio

by Events Editor 5 January 2018
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The first KCC concert of the year. Nice programme. KCC House Concert with Odora Trio Tuesday 23 January, 7 pm Reception Hall, KCCUK Admission free / Advanced Booking required (RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk | 020 7004 2600) Sophie Hinson violin Harriet Butterworth cello Songeun Choi piano Schubert Notturno in E flat, Op.148 Debussy Piano Trio in […]

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Event news: K-Pop Knight at Wembley Arena

by Events Editor 5 January 2018
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As far as I’m aware, this is the first live gig of 2018. No doubt there will be more. Expect to pay a three-figure sum for the best tickets. KPop Knight LINE UP: Monsta X | Se7en | 7 O’Clock | Tahiti 27 January 2018 | Doors 6pm | Concert 7pm – 9pm SSE Arena […]

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4482 Sasapari – Open Call for Artists

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2018
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It’ll be nice to have Sasapari back. Korean artists: get your applications in by 15 February! Voices of Korean Contemporary Artists: Butterfly Effect 4482 (sasapari), a figure made from combining the calling codes of the UK (44) and South Korea (82), is the name adopted by a collective group of Korean Contemporary Artists. Since the […]

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Becoming Who I Was gets brief theatrical release – catch it while you can!

by Philip Gowman 3 January 2018
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Jeon Jin’s and Moon Chang-yong’s documentary Becoming Who I Was screened at the London Film Festival back in October. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but it made quite an impression on me, and it ended up being one of my films of the year. My brief review is here. Do try and catch this […]

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January events

by Philip Gowman 2 January 2018
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A quiet start to the year – just as well: the last few months have been so hectic that we could do with a break. Exhibitions The Contemporary Korean Ceramics exhibition continues all month. Watch out for notices of open studios. Jewyo Rhii’s The Day 3, Walls and Barbed continues at Amanda Wilkinson Gallery until […]

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