Here are some of the Korea-related events we can look forward to in London and elsewhere this year.
- The London Book Fair (8-10 April) has Korea as Focus Country. Expect a lot of K-lit events around that time, and plenty of authors will be in town.
- Also, expect a number of literature-related film screenings at the KCC in the run up to the London Book Fair.
- The Asia House Literature Festival in May will have a session on North Korea, with John Sweeney, Paul French, James Scanlon and others
- The theme for the KCC’s film screenings will be “Behind the Camera” – people on the team other than directors and actors, such as music directors and cinematographers.
- Kickstarter-funded movies Remember O Goddess (Lee Yoon-jung) and the documentary Twinsters (Samantha Futerman) will be released.
- The Asia House Pan-Asian Film Festival will be in March. Details to be announced very soon.
- I’m assuming the Terracotta Far East Film Festival will be in June
- The two-day Korean Screen Culture Conference is in Sheffield, 13-14 June
- The London Korean Film Festival will be early November
- The three big art fairs, London Art Fair (15-19 January), Art 14 (28 February – 2 March) and Frieze (16-19 October) feature Korean artists and / or galleries
- The KCC’s first exhibition of the year has a fashion theme, coinciding with London Fashion Week.
- Hanmi Gallery’s makeover will hopefully be complete by the time Autumn is upon us.
- The Hairy Bikers have been filming a series in Asia. They visit the Hwanghakjeong archery site in Sajik Park in Seoul and cook up a meal with local ingredients. And try their hand at Korean archery. The new series will be broadcast sometime in the Spring.
- The City of London Festival (22 June – 17 July) has a Korean component this year.
- The Kingston Korean Festival will be on 16 August.
If there are big things I’ve missed, let me know and I’ll update the list as appropriate.