Here are the events that I know about for June. Apologies for the delays in posting this – my broadband service is down at the moment and I have to find alternative solutions for posting. As ever, please let me know of addenda and corrigenda.
- 8 June: Dano summer festival, Trafalgar Square, 1-7pm. Last year’s Dano festival was a great success. Building on that success, Justina Jang of the Korean Cultural Promotion Agency has even bigger plans for this year. Headline acts will be the Yoon Band performing early evening, alongside Guy Barker, the award-winning British jazz trumpeter. Timings are subject to change till the last minute, so keep an eye on LKL for the latest. Here’s all LKL’s posts relating to this year’s Dano Festival
- 2 June – 22 June. Readers in New Malden will not need reminding about their own festival. Check these links for more.
Apart from the events related to the two festivals,
- 6 June: The Yoon Band plays the Peel in Kingston, with support acts.
- 27 June: An evening with the UK Korean Artists Association, at the Korean Cultural Centre. The event is still at the planning stage at the time of writing. Expect a varied programme of traditional Korean music and dance, and maybe something a bit more contemporary as well.
- 5 June, 8:45pm, Institute for Contemporary Arts: The Fox Family (Lee Hyeong-gon, 2006)
- 12 June, 7:00pm, Korean Cultural Centre: Taegukgi (Kang Je-gyu, 2004)
- 26 June, 7:00pm, Korean Cultural Centre: Welcome to Dongmakgol (Park Kwang-hyeon, (2005)
Both films at the Korean Cultural Centre focus on the Korean War. There’s an upcoming article on LKL to cover these two films. The Fox Family screens as part of the Tiger Asian Film Festival at the ICA. It’s the sort of genre mash-up which Korean cinema does so well. Part comedy, part horror, part drama, part musical, it’s all in there. Watch out for the break-dancing zombies. The Tiger festival draws to a close in London in early June, but you can catch most of the films later in the month in Brighton. A feast of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Hong Kong and Thai film.
Visual arts and exhibitions
- The KCC continues with its exhibition of antique Korean maps till 13 June, with a special lecture on 4 June, and educational event on 7 June.
- I-MYU continues with its regular shows near Old Street.
- Sea-hyun Lee shows at the Union Gallery
- Suh Do-ho participates in the Psycho Building exhibition at the Hayward Gallery
- The ceramic artists of North Gyeongsang Province exhibit their work at the New Days Gallery in New Malden, 5-10 June. Here’s what last year’s show was like.
- Towards the end of the month the KCC’s new exhibition features modern architecture and design.
Talks and seminars
- On 4 June Park Jin of the Grand National Party speaks at Chatham House at 5pm Polictical Change and Foreign Policy Implications, and
- Beth McKillop follows immediately after, five minutes walk away at the KCC at 6:30pm, talking about the map exhibition mentioned above. At a pinch, you can do both.
- There’s another Korea Discussion Group talk the following week (details coming soon)
- A half-day conference at SOAS on the afternoon of Monday 16 June examines Korean Studies publishing in Europe.
- The Anglo Korean Society has a reception at immigration lawyers Laura Devine on 5 June.
- The Korean Language Meetup group gathers in a Korean-owned pub in Bermondsey, right on the river, on 12 June, and in a coffee shop in the West End on 28 June.
- The KCC starts its free weekly language classes on 25 June