Dr Colette Balmain discusses the controversial debut MV from Korea’s “first openly gay” KPOP idol. “Never lose self-esteem and be confident” (Holland, 2018) On 22st January 2018, at exactly midnight KST, Holland released his debut single and MV “Neverland”.  Since its release, “Neverland” has racked up over 6 million views on YouTube and Holland has […]

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JVNR + Ooberfuse play the Dublin Castle, Camden

by Events Editor 16 February 2018
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JVNR, a Korean electronic pop artist, is playing at the Dublin Castle in Camden on 21 February. Also on the bill are London-based Ooberfuse, who played an Amnesty gig in Seoul last year with the Yoon Band. Those of you who have got hold of a copy of the crowd-funded PyeongChang-themed compilation album Winter Dreams […]

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Korea Through My Queer Eyes: a talk with Heezy Yang

by Events Editor 16 February 2018
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Coming up next week, a very informal talk session with South Korean artist and activist Heezy Yang (a.k.a. Hurricane Kimchi). Korea Through My Queer Eyes 21 February at 19:30–21:00 G3, SOAS The topics will include Seoul Pride, Military Service, Queer Youth, Parents and Family, Night Life, Drag Culture, Art & Entertainment! About Heezy Yang Heezy […]

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Juree Kim in Exhibit A, at Anise Gallery

by Events Editor 14 February 2018
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As Juree Kim’s residency at the V+A comes to an end, she shares an exhibition with Kristina Chan at Anise Gallery: Exhibit A: Kristina Chan & Juree Kim Anise Gallery | 13a Shad Thames | London SE1 2PU | www.anisegallery.co.uk 9 March – 7 April | Tuesdays to Saturdays 11am-5pm Opening night Thursday 8 March 6-9pm Anise Gallery […]

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South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness – BBC2 documentary

by Events Editor 11 February 2018
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To complement their coverage of the winter Olympics, the BBC is screening what looks like an interesting documentary covering things you might not often see in coverage of the peninsula. With plenty of Korean experts advising and behind the camera, this should be well worth a watch. South Korea – Earth’s Hidden Wilderness BBC2, 8:00pm […]

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In memory of Hwang Byung-ki

by Philip Gowman 10 February 2018
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In memory of the great man, here’s a video interview on Arirang TV uploaded in January 2015: And here he is playing one of his best-known compositions, Chimhyangmoo (침향무 | 沈香舞), performed on the KBS show Gugak Hanmadang. The definitive obituary in English has been written by Jocelyn Clark in the Asia Times. I was […]

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Javier Cha on the uses of digitised historical data

by Philip Gowman 10 February 2018
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Last night at SOAS there was a choice of two early evening events to start the weekend. I only heard about the appearance of South Korean queer artist and activist Heezy Yang (aka Hurricane Kimchi) two hours before the event, and I had already prepared myself mentally for the Centre of Korean Studies seminar on […]

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ArtKorea – Le Dame Art Gallery at the Meliá White House

by Events Editor 8 February 2018
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ArtKorea exhibited at the Meliá White House two years ago in February 2016. They return on Valentine’s day: ARTKOREA Le Dame Art Gallery at the Meliá White House Albany St, Regent’s Park, London NW1 3UP 14th – 28th February 2018 Opening times: Mon- Fri from 10 am to 6 pm. Sun by appointment only PRIVATE […]

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1446, The Musical – the preview of a show on the life of King Sejong

by Events Editor 5 February 2018
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Coming up, there’s a chance to preview the English version of a new Korean musical focusing on the life of King Sejong: 1446 The Musical – Workshop 17 February at 17:00–19:30 The Other Palace Studio | 12 Palace Street | London SW1E 5JA Register via EventBrite After a successful run in Korea last year, we […]

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[Exeter] Young In Hong: The Moon’s Trick

by Events Editor 4 February 2018
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Young In Hong’s KCC exhibition travels to Exeter, with variations: Young In Hong: The Moon’s Trick Exeter Phoenix | Bradninch Place | Gandy Street | Exeter EX4 3LS Fri 02 Mar 2018 – Sun 22 Apr 2018 | 10.30am – 5pm daily | free Exhibition Preview: Thu 1 March | 6-8pm | free A solo […]

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KCC’s February House Concert with Cheongbin Yu + Victor Dohan Lim

by Events Editor 2 February 2018
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The KCC’s second concert of the year features music for piano duet, including Schubert’s perennial favourite, the F minor Fantasy. KCC House Concert with Cheongbin Yu & Victor Dohan Lim Tuesday 27 February, 7 pm Reception Hall, KCCUK Admission free. Advanced Booking required (RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk | 020 7004 2600) Performers Victor Dohan Lim piano Cheongbin Yu piano Programme Debussy Petite Suite Schubert Fantasy […]

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February events 2018

by Philip Gowman 1 February 2018
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Before anything else, can we please have one minute’s silence in memory of the great gayageum master Hwang Byung-ki, who passed away yesterday aged 82. —— Thank you. —— And now for February’s events —— The year seemed to start slowly, but it soon picked up with all sorts of events popping up from out […]

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Kim Hong-joon: Two or Three Things I Know About Kim Ki-young

by Events Editor 31 January 2018
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Kim Hong-joon knows many more than two or three things about Kim Ki-young. Do not miss this talk. Two or Three Things I Know About Kim Ki-young, with Kim Hong-joon Thursday 22 February, 7pm Korean Cultural Centre UK | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW Register via Eventbrite The 5th of February marks the 20th anniversary […]

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KCC Special Concert featuring Baritone Claudio Jung and Pianist Grace Yeo

by Events Editor 31 January 2018
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I do like it when a young Korean musician tackles British repertoire. Joo Yeon Sir has been known to play Vaughan Williams and Delius. And now Grace Yeo takes on York Bowen. Great stuff. Combined with the Erl King and some Korean vocal repertoire, among other things. KCC Special Concert featuring Baritone Claudio Jung and […]

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Human rights in North Korea after a decade of change

by Events Editor 31 January 2018
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The All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea invites you to the launch of a landmark new report on human rights in North Korea: Movies, markets and mass surveillance: Human rights in North Korea after a decade of change Monday 5th February, 5-7pm Committee Room 12, Houses of Parliament Speaking at the event will be: […]

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LSE SU Korea Future Forum 2018: Korea in the G-2 Era

by Events Editor 31 January 2018
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Notice of this year’s Korea Future Forum at the LSE: LSE SU Korea Future Forum 2018: Korea in the G-2 Era 9am, 10 February 2018 Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London School of Economics, 265 Strand, London, WC2R 1DH Tickets £40 (students £25) + fee from https://lsekff2018.eventbrite.co.uk/ Dresscode: Business Smart | FREE lunch provided | The event is […]

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The Rose plays ULU Live

by Events Editor 31 January 2018
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ULU Live hosts another London K-pop debut: The Rose: Paint it Rose Tour ULU Live At Student Central, London WC1E 7HY Sat, 24 February 2018 7:00pm – 10:30pm Tickets £45.28 – 101.88 from Eventbrite This event is 12+ (under 16s must be with an adult, maximum 3 under 16s per adult) The Rose (Hangul: 더 […]

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