Event news: Infinite to perform at Hammersmith Apollo

News of an upcoming K-pop concert: Infinite: One Great Step Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 27 November 2013, 7pm Tickets £79-£180 (Book here) K-pop sensations Infinite announced their first ever UK show as part of the European leg of their highly-anticipated ‘One Great Step World Tour’. Just three years after forming, Infinite’s infectious melodies, electric rhythms and […]

More details on Crystallize – at KBEE London

ISKAI Contemporary Art has released more information about the exhibition at Old Billingsgate, as part of the Korea Brand and Entertainment Expo: Culture and technology unite Korean and UK artists at world’s largest Hallyu Expo • 4 – 6 November 2013 • Old Billingsgate Building, London, EC3R 6DX • Korean and UK artists collaborate through […]

Joo Yeon Sir at the Wigmore, 11 November

Violinist Joo Yeon Sir is taking part in a shared recital at the Wigmore Hall on Monday 11 November 2013 7.30pm where she will be appearing as part of Tillett Trust Young Concert Artists Platform Scheme. She will be performing Ysaÿe Poème élégiaque and Milhaud Cinema-Fantaisie d’apres Le boeuf sur le toit and the concert […]

The Guardian hikes the Baekdu-daegan

There’s a nice piece in The Guardian this week about hiking the Baekdu-daegan. The author starts at Cheonwangbong peak, Jirisan, in Sancheong County (Gyeongsangnam-do) and walks north, ending his hike in the Deogyusan national park in Muju County, Jeollabuk-do. Koreans have long believed that a current of life-energy, or gi, runs between [Jirisan in the […]

RIP Peter Corbishley

Today was the Requiem Mass for Peter Corbishley, who died peacefully on 12 October, aged 67, after a recurrence of throat cancer. Peter was a great friend of Korea – a contributor to LKL, guest member and helper of the Korean Artists Association, and Committee member of the Anglo-Korean Society among other things. He also […]

The challenges of marketing and translating Korean literature explored at the KCC

Shouvik Datta reports from the Korean Literature Forum at the KCCUK on 15 October. It was an interesting and well-attended discussion at the London Korean Cultural Centre on October 15, well chaired by the BBC journalist Samira Ahmed. My own knowledge of Korean literature is confined to the modern classic “Three Generations”, by Yom Sang-seop, […]

UN Commission on Human Rights in North Korea to hold public meeting in London

In Westminster Central Hall this Wednesday (23 October, exact time tbc) there will be a public meeting chaired by the UN Commission investigation human rights abuses in North Korea. The official press release follows: UN Commission on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to hold public hearings in UK and US GENEVA, 17 October 2013 – […]

A free introduction to Korean traditional and fusion music

If you’re looking to explore Korean music other than K-pop and K-indie, the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) have the answer for you. They used to produce an annual compilation album of 5CDs featuring the best new recordings. But now they’ve made the CDs easier to access, via an iTunes app. The app, for iPhone […]

The LKFF 2013 Programme is announced

The countdown is on to the 2013 London Korean Film Festival. There’s plenty for everyone, and I’m sure once the detailed timetable is announced it will be difficult to choose your priorities. For me, the film to see is E J-yong’s Behind the Camera. I’ve never yet been disappointed by a film of his, and […]

You’ve seen the film, now read the book

The Korean Film Council recently publicised on its website the new “Book to Film” initiative aimed at bringing together the film and the publishing industries. Of course, the practice adapting a book for the big screen is almost as old as the movie industry itself, and some of South Korea’s most successful movies have been […]

Inside Kim’s Kingdom: John Everard talks to the Anglo-Korean Society

John Everard will be introducing his book Only Beautiful Please to the Anglo-Korean Society on 16 October: Inside Kim’s Kingdom A talk by John Everard Former British Ambassador to North Korea Wednesday 16th October 2013 6.45pm for 7.00pm Korean Cultural Centre Grand Buildings, 1-3 The Strand, London WC2N 5BW (nearest underground stations–Charing Cross & Embankment) […]