Min-jin Kym gets her Strad back

Nearly three years after it was stolen, and a few months after a false alarm in which people thought it had turned up in the possession of a Bulgarian gypsy, Korean violinist Min-jin Kym is reunited with her Stradivarius. Great news. Links: Missing Stradivarius found, BBC, 30 July 2013 Famed Stradivarius violin owned by Min-Jin […]

Book review: Martin Limón — The Joy Brigade

Martin Limón: The Joy Brigade Soho Press, 2012. 304pp Martin Limón’s eighth novel in the Ernie Bascom and George Sueño series covers new ground in many respects. It is the first novel in which we see Sueno on his own, not accompanied by his buddy Bascom. And it is the first time that Limon has […]

Ancient and modern ceramics at the KCC

Shouvik Datta reports from the talk on Korean ceramics at the KCC on 15 July, which was part of a series of events accompanying the current Moon Vase exhibition. It was a warm July day, and Ms Heena Youn, who is currently completing her PhD at SOAS (on a specialist area of ancient Chinese ceramics), […]

Gilsotteum to screen at the KCC

Of the 15 or so Im Kwon-taek films I’ve managed to see so far, Gilsotteum is my favourite. It caught me by surprise at the retrospective last year, and I’ll certainly be trying to get to the screening this coming Thursday: Gilsotteum (1985) 7pm, 1 August 2013 Director: IM Kwon-Taek Cast: Kim Ji-mi, Shin Seong-il […]

Twinsters book deal announced

That sure is fast work: Twinsters Sam Futurman and Anais Bordier have signed a deal for the book of the film – and the film isn’t even made yet. According to AP, Penguin’s US affiliate G.P Putnam’s Sons will be publishing the memoir, which will be coming out in late 2014 – in time for […]

Kahoidong gets a Royal Visitor

HRH the Duke of Gloucester has been in Seoul representing the Queen for the formalities which mark the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire on 27 July. With Ambassador Wightman and the veterans minister Mark Francois he met with President Park Geun-hye, who said she was looking forward to her state visit to the […]

Kingston Korean Festival: 17 August 2013

The Kingston Korean Festival will be held as usual in the Fairfield Recreation Ground Kingston KT1 2PY (map) on 17 August. Here is a welcome message from Christopher Kwon, chairman of the Korean Residents’ Society, who organise the festival. The 16th Korean Festival 2013 Outline of the Festival The Korean Festival is to be held […]

Nam June Paik to be showcased at Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival this year features work by Nam June Paik, hosted by the Talbot Rice Gallery, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Paik’s first solo exhibition in Wuppertal, 1963. Transmitted Live: Nam June Paik Resounds Exhibition curated by Pat Fisher, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Seong Eun Kim and Chaeyoung Lee, Nam June […]

Korea-related events at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

Thanks to the KCC for pulling together a list of the Korea-related performances and events at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival. And thanks to the many sponsors, which include Gyeonggi Province and Cultural Foundation, the Korea Foundation, University of Edinburgh, Alba Chruthachail, the Ministry of Culture Sport & Tourism, KOCCA, KAMS and the KCC, for […]