North Korea – Life Inside the Secret State

To add to the steady stream of documentaries about North Korea, Channel 4’s Dispatches programme has just made one entitled North Korea – Life Inside the Secret State. It will be on the TV soon (though precisely when is not clear from the Channel 4 website), but if you can’t wait there’s a preview screening […]

Jukhee Kwon at October Gallery

I missed Jukhee Kwon’s solo show last year at La Scatola Gallery (now sadly closed), so I’ll be sure to catch her work at October Gallery this winter. Jukhee Kwon 5 December 2013 – 1 February 2014 October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL Tel: + 44 (0)20 7242 73670 | www.octobergallery.co.uk […]

Expo visit: Korean design and cultural contents at KBEE

The Korea Brand and Entertainment Expo which coincided with President Park’s State Visit showcased contemporary Korean media art, K-pop, Korea’s premier garden designer and more. Also featured were key Korean designers: Kim Young-se (김영세) of Innodesign, whose designs reference the sleek black parallel lines of the trigrams in South Korea’s national flag, or the elegant […]

Expo visit: YG v CJ, and PSY everywhere, at Billingsate

Day 1 of the Korea Branding and Entertainment Expo, coinciding with President Park’s State Visit, was very much business-focused, with fashion and contents buyers browsing the many stalls. Day 2 was given over to the visual arts and musical entertainments. Downstairs, in the spectacular vaulted basement, was a huge exhibition of video art, celebrating the […]

The Anglo-Korean Society annual dinner

This year’s Anglo-Korean Society dinner in the Houses of Parliament will be on 21 November. Details below and in the attached pdf (which must be completed in order to reserve your seat) ANGLO – KOREAN SOCIETY JOINT PRESIDENTS HE The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Sungnam Lim Dr Robert Hawley CBE CHAIRMAN Warwick Morris […]

The Japanese YouTube campaign on Dokdo

Wisely, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disabled comments on their Dokdo propaganda video uploaded to YouTube a few days ago. Because otherwise they’d be deluged with some pretty hostile feedback. And not just from angry Koreans. The map they provide is downright misleading. To a viewer who knows nothing, it seems perfectly reasonable […]

An Introduction to North Korean Children’s Literature

There’s fascinating insight into North Korean children’s literature by Christopher Richardson over on SinoNK. Do give the article a read. And then try Sonia Ryang’s excellent Reading North Korea which looks at adult literature and film in North Korea. That’s a book I’ve now read three times in the hope that I’ll get around to […]

The 2014 KCCUK Call for Curators

After the two 2013 exhibitions curated by guest curators, the KCCUK has again issued a call for curators to put on a show in the summer months of 2014. Full details can be found on the KCCUK website. The two exhibitions put on as a result of last year’s Call for Curators were The Hidden […]

Han Ki-chang to show at KBEE London

At the Korea Brand and Entertainment Expo this week, alongside the group show – Crystallize – curated by Stephanie Seungmin Kim of Iskai Art, is a separate exhibition organised by the Korean Artist Project, who are participating in the Expo. The exhibition features work by Han Ki-Chang. According to Blouin Artinfo: Han … is characterized […]

LKFF 2013 – Choices, Choices

The schedule for this year’s London Korean Film Festival seems to be bigger than ever. So many varied themes to satisfy all cinematic tastes; several directors and actors brought to London for interviews and Q&A sessions with the audience; galas, animations, shorts, comedies and much more. With such a feast laid out in front of […]

LKFF 2013: the schedule in detail

Here’s the full schedule of the London Korean Film Festival 2013 for you to optimise your viewing pleasure in the coming fortnight. Full details on the festival’s official website, www.koreanfilm.co.uk/. Time Title Theme Runtime Venue Screenings in London and Kingston Od = Odeon; Cur = Curzon WE = West End; CG = Covent Garden; PS […]

Korea-UK Forum on The Peaceful Unification of Korea

An upcoming conference on inter-Korea issues. Registration is required via the contact details on the poster below: Korea-UK Forum on The Peaceful Unification of Korea THE CROMWELL SUITE Millennium Gloucester Hotel, SW7 4LH 19 November 2013, 1pm – 9pm As part of the Korean President State Visit in November 2013 and to celebrate the 130th […]

November events 2013

Film, Jazz, K-pop, and of course the State Visit this month. State Visit Among the many duties to be performed by President Park on her state visit on 5-6 November will be a ground-breaking ceremony for a new Korean War memorial Coinciding with the State Visit, KOTRA are holding a Korean Branding and Entertainment Expo at […]