Connecting Cultures: A series of lectures on Korean contemporary culture

A series of talks and other events presented by Asia House in connection with the 2004 London Korean Festival:

Connecting Cultures
L to R: Ven Hyon Gak Sunim; Dr Kim Ah Jeong; Ahn Sang-soo

Korean Buddhism by The Venerable Hyon Gak Sunim

Thursday 29 April 2004, 6.30pm
The Mayfair Library, 25 South Audley Street (Next to Mount Street Gardens), London W1K
The Venerable Hyon Gak Sunim will talk about his fascinating life and about the relevance of Buddhism in contemporary Korean society.

Film Preview: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter … and Spring

Directed by Kim Ki Duk
Wednesday 5 May 2004, 6.30pm
Curzon Mayfair, 38 Curzon Street, London W1J
This award winning film is written, directed and edited by Kim Ki Duk, one of Korea’s most controversial directors and a self-taught filmmaker who prides himself on his outsider status.

Imagining Hangul by Ahn Sang Soo

Thursday 6 May 2004, 6.30pm.
Stevenson Lecture Room, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1H
Ahn Sang Soo is a well-known designer and educator based in Seoul. He has published widely on design related subjects and is a leading designer of Korean alphabet typefaces.

Contemporary Art in North and South Korea by Jane Portal

Tuesday 11 May 2004, 6.30pm
Stevenson Lecture Room, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1H
This lecture will explore and compare the very different art being produced under the two regimes on each side of the border in Korea.

Contemporary Korean Theatre: Tradition and Western Influence by Dr Kim Ah Jeong

Thursday 13 May 2004, 6.30pm
Stevenson Lecture Room, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1H
In this lecture Dr Kim Ah Jeong will closely examine the cultural aesthetic and political aspects of the intercultural theatre of Korea.

Seoul Stirring by Tony Rayns

Thursday 20 May 2004, 6.30pm
Stevenson Lecture Room, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1H
This talk can only scratch the surface of the wholesale reinvention of a film culture but it aims to show how and why Korean cinema has achieved so much in just ten years. It will also try to celebrate the full range and depth of Korea’s new cinema. Tony Rayns is a London-based filmmaker, critic and curator with a special interest in East Asia films.

Booking information :
Tickets from Asia House T 020 7499 1287
£7 / £4 Asia House Members, British Museum Friends, Anglo-Korean Society Members
£2 Full-time students with ID

Presenter : Asia House
Sponsors : Asiana Airlines, Korean Information Service, Korean National Tourism Association
Supporters : British Museum, Curzon cinemas, MetroTartan

Information source: KACC website as archived in the WayBack Machine

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