The experience of North Koreans in New Malden

A panel session about the experiences of North Korean defectors in New Malden is at first sight a strange event to promote as part of an arts festival. But the 7th New Malden Arts Festival overlaps with Malden Fortnight, a celebration of New Malden’s varied community, of which Koreans are of course a significant part. […]

Jaeho Park: Obsession, at Mokspace

New’s of the latest exhibition at Mokspace: Jaeho Park: Obsession 29th July – 9th August 2014 Mokspace | 33 Museum Street | London | WC1A 1LH | www.mokspace.com Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm | Sunday by appointment. MOKSPACE warmly invites you to indulge in ‘Obsession,’ an exposition by Korean artist and photographer Jaeho Park. […]

Edinburgh Fringe Preview: Brush – a charming piece of theatre for children

Last year at the Fringe we had Climb a Willow to the Sea God’s Palace, a lovely 45-minute performance from Kkumdongi Puppet Theatre telling a Korean fable using puppetry and painting geared towards a younger audience. This year for the younger festival-goers we will have Theatre Haddangse performing Brush. The company gave a special preview […]

Report from the KCC Artist Talk: Shakespeare interpretations in East Asia

I hadn’t been to any of the events for Seoul in the City, part of this year’s City of London festival. The symposium at London’s Korean Cultural Centre for Shakespeare’s plays in contemporary East Asian languages seemed particularly interesting to me. My previous experience of Shakespeare in East Asia was confined to Ran, Akira Kurosawa’s […]

The Doctor Who roadshow comes to Seoul

In connection with a publicity screening of episode 1 of series 8 in Seoul on 9 August, the Beeb is running a little promotional campaign involving the Tardis. Here’s a sample of the photos from the hashtag #tardisinseoul. You can also try the hashtag #타디스인서울 or #닥터후. Download your own tardis here to cut out […]

The Bristol Old Vic graduates come to London

If you’re free this Thursday lunchtime, come along to the Tristan Bates Theatre in near Cambridge Circus to support the MA graduates from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School performing in their London showcase. Among their ranks is South Korean actor Mina Kweon. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for […]

Meekyoung Shin’s Cabinet of Curiosities in Lincolnshire

Bridging the gap between craft and conceptual art, Meekyoung Shin’s exquisitely crafted work is equally popular with critics and the public. Her new exhibition at the National Centre for Craft and Design opens on Saturday: Meekyoung Shin’s Cabinet of Curiosities 26 July – 2 November 2014 The Artist London and Seoul-based Korean artist Meekyoung Shin […]

Dance videos, tasteless films and hair promotions – different ways to annoy the DPRK authorities

It’s not just the Americans and the Brits who annoy the North Korean establishment with their irreverant lèse-majesté. Now the Chinese are doing it too. So far the video has been left online: And a reminder of the two other things that recently got the DPRK establishment annoyed: an upcoming American comedy film, and a […]

Latest UNESCO listings break the stereotypes

A famine-ridden state that spends all its money on its army and its nukes; and a country that builds a green city and restores its rivers… Those are the stereotypes. Yet it’s the North that has just had a biosphere reserve registered at UNESCO, while the South’s latest registration is an impressive piece of military […]