For me, I suspect this month’s highlight will be Gamin’s appearance at the Spitalfields Festival on 15 June with Notes Inégales. A bit of free improvisation on the saenghwang, with a band which includes a daegeum among other things… what’s not to enjoy, particularly if you catch the same group’s reimagining of Purcell’s King Arthur immediately beforehand…
- The Priests screens at the Picturehouse Central on 2 June, performing a double function as the second of the KCCUK’s “teaser” screenings for the 2016 LKFF, and as the curtain-raiser to the two-day film conference at Kings London.
- The KCCUK’s other screenings are Hahaha on 16 June and Singles on 30 June.
- Notes Inégales (with an instrumental lineup that includes taepyeongso and daegeum) appear at Wilton’s Music Hall as part of the Spitalfields Festival: 14 and 15 June is their realisation of Purcell’s King Arthur, and on 15 June the event is followed by improvisation featuring Gamin on saenghwang and other wind instruments.
- Neon Bunny appears at The Good Ship in Kilburn on 3 June
- SOAS Korean Music Society presents a musical evening on 10 June
- The Abel Quartet and musicians from the National Gugak Centre join forces at Kings Place on 22 June for Korean Sounds 3.
- Lee Kang-hyo’s exhibition of buncheong ceramics continues at Sylvester Fine Art for another two weeks
- The KCC will be holding an exhibition of contemporary architecture projects in Seoul, linked to the Art Talk presentation, entitled Existing City / New Resource, opening on 2 June.
Conferences, talks and other events
- The 5th Korean Screen Culture Conference takes place at King’s College on 3 and 4 June.
- In Cambridge, former US ambassador to the ROK Kathleen Stephens gives the annual Ra Jong-il lecture at Darwin College on 3 June.
- The annual 말 speech contest is at the KCC on 4 June
- The Art Talk: Architecture and the Evolving “Commons” is at the KCC on 2 June
- There is a “K-lovers Day” at the KCC on 11 June, featuring drama screenings, K-pop dance routines and more
- The 26th monthly Sewol Stay Put demonstration is in Trafalgar Square on 18 June
- The annual Taste of Korea UK round will be held on 18 June in Westminster Kingsway College