November events 2012

Ko Un

Another action-packed month this month: Ko Un in Aldeburgh, London, Oxford and Cambridge, PSY at the Oxford Union, jazz-gugak fusion in Piccadilly, manhwa at the KCC, two all-day conferences and of course plenty of film. And if you’re quick there might just be a ticket or two left for December’s BigBang appearances.

Film

  • The Im Kwon-taek season is just winding up at the ICA and the BFI
  • The London Korean Film Festival runs 1 – 11 November in London, with a regional tour to Bristol, Bournemouth and Glasgow in the following 10 days.
  • This month’s director at the KCC, if you had any spare film bandwidth after Im Kwon Taek, the BFI Film Fest and the LKFF, is Song Hae-seong, with screenings each Thursday: in order, Rikidozan, Maundy Thursday, Failan, A Better Tomorrow
  • Those waiting to get hold of Kim Ki-duk’s Crocodile on DVD will finally be rewarded on 13 November when 3rd Window releases it in a set with Arirang.
  • On the subject of DVDs, you can now get the other Kim Ki-duk’s Barefoot Youth (1964) and also the classic Coachman (Kang Dae-jin, 1961) on DVD with English Subtitles. You can also get Park Chan-wook’s Night Fishing on a Taiwanese release.

Music

Exhibitions

  • The KCC’s exhibition The Colours of Korean Comics, running 1 – 21 November, features five of Korea’s top manhwa artists.
  • The show with the biggest names this month is One must imagine Sisyphus Happy, which finishes on 10 December
  • The Korean Artists Association has a one-week group exhibition commencing with a performance on 28 November
  • Maximum City featuring work by Hong Young-in ends at Sesame Gallery on 10 November
  • Lee Jaehyo’s exhibition at the Albemarle finishes on 3 November
  • Chang Yu-jung’s exhibition, Eclipses, finishes at Art First Gallery on 10 November
  • Ahn Jin-kyun’s exhibition in Brighton continues until 18 November
  • Baik Hyun-jhin’s solo exhibition continues at 43 Inverness Street until 17 November
  • Ahn Chul-hyun’s exhibition, Infinite Voyage, is at HADA Contemporary, 1-28 November
  • Shin Mee-kyoung’s soapy Duke of Cumberland is still in Cavendish Square

Literature, talks and seminars

Social

  • The Anglo Korean Society diners meet up on 1 November at Arang
  • The Anglo Korean Society’s annual dinner at the House of Lords is on 22 November
  • The British Korean Women’s Society has a public launch at the KCC on 20 November
  • Kiejo Sarsfield’s cookery classes are 17 and 24
  • Members of the Korean Language Meetup Group and the K-pop team will no doubt have plenty of meetings as per the schedules on their websites.

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