July events 2007

Here’s what I know about: Visual Arts The big news for July is the start of the exhibition Artists, Art and Culture of North Korea. Opens 18 July. Watch this site for further news on associated events Choi Jeong-hwa’s exhibition continues at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery. More soon. Academia, discussions etc Two talks at Chatham […]

Kingston Korean Festival 2007 programme

Courtesy of the Korean Language Meetup group: 10th Korean Festival 2007 Festival Programme 09:50 Entry 10:00 Opening Ceremony 10:30 Ceremonial Parade of British Korean War Veterans 10:50 Gilnori (Samulnori genre) performed by Hanaldarae team to pronounce the start of the festival and pray for a successful festival 11:00 A series of traditional Korean dance performed […]

Enjoy the festival

Don’t be put off by the jaded travel professionals appearing in today’s more lengthy post. Go to Kingston tomorrow and have some fun. I hope the weather’s OK. As for the Trafalgar Square event, I’m afraid I’ve got to be elsewhere, so again can I ask you to take your digital cameras and send in […]

Korea, fizzling

An unruly mob of louts and freeloaders from the travel and journalism trade gathered on the top floor of New Zealand House yesterday evening to honour the launch of the “Korea, Sparkling” tourism brand. When it had been launched so successfully down below in Trafalgar Square not two weeks beforehand, some of us wondered why […]

Support the SlowPokes

An enthusiastic team from the Korean embassy will be competing in the Standard Chartered Great City Race on 19 July. Calling themselves the Slowpokes, the all-female team are aiming to complete the arduous 5km road race in record time thanks to their kimchi-rich diet. They are also aiming to raise £2,500 for the Breakthrough Breast […]

A listing of Korean food stores

Update 12 December 2018. The current exhibition of Jeonju cuisine at the KCC has a handy “Korean Food Map” of London, listing out restaurants and food stores in the area. It seems pretty comprehensive, so I’ve rewritten this post, which was originally compiled in 2007, using data from that leaflet, at least for London and […]

UK-trained beauty expert opens Busan Academy

My dear friend Nam-hee Kim (김남희) has just taken the bold step of opening her own Beauty Academy in Busan: the Michae Beauty Academy (미채 뷰티 아카데미): www.mcbeauty.co.kr. Nam-hee studied at the London College of Fashion, part of University of the Arts, London — and part of her course was theatrical make-up and design. I […]

More pictures from the Dano festival

Many thanks to Katie, Mark and Sung-min for letting me use their pictures of the Dano festival last Sunday. Mark has uploaded a full set of his photos over at the Korean Language Meetup site. Go visit the gallery – there are some other good photos over there too. I’ll also be asking people to […]

SOAS workshop: Culture and Society in Modern Korea

SOAS has now announced the programme for its free one-day Korean Studies workshop on 26 June. There are some entertaining speakers. Jim Hoare will be talking about the South’s engagement policy; Keith Howard looks like he’s going to be talking about something way over my head but he usually presents in a user-friendly manner. I’m […]

4482: The Open Studio

The very first group show of London based Korean artists under the banner of 4482: The open studio 28 June – 30 June 2012 King’s Park Studio | 152-178 Kingston Road | New Malden | Kingston Upon Thames KT3 3ST Chanhyo Bae | Chongwoon Choi | Han Jiseok | Hong Jung Ouk | Jin Kim […]

Rivers dance for Dano

A roving reporter’s account of yesterday’s Trafalgar Square Dano festivities by Jennifer Barclay with photos mostly by Jeon Sung-min (photo of the b-boys by Katie) It was a grey day on Sunday 17 June; but I donned a slightly sparkling T-shirt and set out for Trafalgar Square for the first ‘Korea, Sparkling’ Dano festival to […]

Welcome to another new contributor

I’m very grateful to Jennifer Barclay for joining the ranks of distinguished LKL guest contributors. In what I hope will be the first of many contributions, she’s done a tremendous job of turning around a 1,000+ word article in a couple of hours to bring you a lively account of yesterday’s festival in Trafalgar Square. […]