London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

K-music 2024: Lee Heemoon’s Obangsingwa tour in London

Heemoon Lee, the visionary vocalist of SsingSsing, takes us on a transcendental musical journey with his band OBANGSINGWA and their new album, SPANGLE. A powerhouse of Korean music, Lee injects fresh energy and new life into time-honoured Korean folk songs (minyo). Seamlessly blending minyo with a kaleidoscope of genres – including jitterbug, pop, dance, rock … [Read More]

K-music 2024: Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Orchestra x No-Noise

Find yourself in the bustling centre of a town square with No-Noise’s energetic and distinctive blend of Korean and Western sounds and instruments. Performing with the outstanding musicians of the Seoul Metropolitan Traditional Orchestra (SMTO), No-Noise is a dynamic ensemble led by Lee Il-woo, the visionary behind the post-rock sensation Jambinai, and Sung Si Young, … [Read More]

K-music 2024: Black String

Extraordinary Contemporary Sounds from Ancient Instruments. The 2018 Songlines Music Awards winners Black String will premiere new music from their upcoming album set to be released this autumn, following their acclaimed albums Mask Dance (2016) and Karma (2019) on the German label ACT. ‘a spellbinding experience’ (The Guardian on Black String’s K-Music Show) ‘no boundaries … [Read More]

K-music 2024: Hera Hyesang Park

A Unique Blend of Korean Heritage and Vocal Mastery Soprano Hera Hyesang Park, renowned for her exceptional vocal mastery, makes her K-Music Festival debut with a fresh reinterpretation of traditional Korean songs following her appearance at the Edinburgh International Festival this summer. ‘It’s a celebration of vocal brilliance and cultural depth, promising a night of … [Read More]

K-music 2024: Youn Sun Nah with Bojan Z

Youn Sun Nah in A Tribute to Women’s Voices. Following the success of her 2022 album ‘Waking World’, Youn Sun Nah returns to the K-Music Festival with her new work ‘Elles’. To mark the 30th year of her jazz career, Yoon Sun Nah’s 12th album Elles pays tribute to women’s voices, and to some of … [Read More]

K-music 2024: National Changgeuk Company — Lear

Discover this visionary restaging of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies into a spellbinding traditional opera from some of South Korea’s leading creatives, performers and musicians. This major new production, critically acclaimed at its premiere in 2022, retells a familiar story in the form of Changgeuk. This culturally significant and artistically rich theatrical form in Korea, blends … [Read More]

Okkyung Lee: three day residency at Cafe OTO

Café OTO is hugely excited to welcome cellist, composer, and improviser, Okkyung Lee for three days of solo performance and collaborations with London-based and Korean artsts – her first residency here since 2019! For the first night of her residency, Okkyung will present two different cello sets; a solo acoustic cello set followed by a … [Read More]

Korean Wave or Korean Tsunami? The Next-Gen Late Night at the Korean Cultural Centre

On Friday 31st May, the Korean Cultural Centre UK hosted its inaugural networking event for young professionals and opinion leaders titled ‘Next Gen Late Night.’ The evening was aimed at bringing people together to discuss not only the explosion of global interest in Korean culture (known as Hallyu) but crucially, as the target audience of … [Read More]

A Conversation with Cha Inpyo

The Korean Wave is taking the world by storm. K-Pop, K-dramas, K-films, and K-food have all gained immense popularity, and now Korean literature is stepping into the global spotlight. However, there are still limited opportunities for international audiences to discover Korean authors and their works. To bridge this gap, the Faculty of Asian and Middle … [Read More]

KCC Literature Night: Kang Hwagil’s Another Person, with Clare Richards

KCCUK is delighted to announce an in-person talk with translator Clare Richards about her translated work, Kang Hwa-gil’s novel Another Person. Starting with Jina’s voice, the novel explores different viewpoints, building a full picture of the incident. A riveting and uncompromising campus novel, Another Person is a confronting and timely book exploring the long-lasting consequences of sexism … [Read More]

‘Across the Decades’- an exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of the National Academy of Arts

With 2024 marking the 70th anniversary of the National Academy of Arts of the Republic of Korea, the KCCUK is honoured to present this exhibition featuring these distinguished masters of contemporary art. Korean art, with its deep roots and boundless vitality, continues to flourish with a passionate drive towards a new future. These 20th-century Korean … [Read More]

Short film screenings: Chorus, + Q&A

A programme of six short films inspired by the legacy of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. This presentation starts with Cha’s Vidéoème before leading into a selection of contemporary artists’ films, placing them in dialogue while celebrating a diversity of voices. Though the architecture of the programme is conceptually framed as a palindrome in three dialectic … [Read More]

K-Folklore: Past, Present, and Future

A showcase featuring Korean traditional art, music, and dance from past, present, and future I am Ka Youn, a composer from South Korea currently based in London. On 2nd July, 6pm, at the Korean Culture Centre UK, I’m holding a showcase about our traditional culture called K-folklore: past, present, and future. ⁠ This concert will … [Read More]