Shin Sang-ok’s It’s not her sin screens at the KCC

The first movie in the KCC’s new “Patchworks: Unwrapping My Korean Cinema” season is a classic Shin Sang-ok film from 1959: It’s not her sin (그 여자의 죄가 아니다) Director: Shin Sang-ok (1959) 104 mins Event Date: 20 July, 7:00pm Location: KCCUK Booking: Free admission, booking essential. To reserve your place, please RSVP to […]

Event news: KCC’s July house concert features the Halcyon Quartet

Great programme. I’m particularly looking forward to the Moeran. KCC house concert with the Halcyon Quartet Date: Tuesday 25 July, 7pm Venue: Reception Hall, KCCUK Free admission but booking is required. RSVP to / 020 7004 2600 ARTISTS: Halcyon Quartet Claudia Fuller violin I Leidy Sinclair violin II Nathalie Green-Buckley viola HeeYeon Cho violoncello […]

Exhibition visit: Contemporary Korean Ceramics at the V+A

This year-long exhibition as part of the Korea/UK 2017-18 cultural collaboration brings together a range of approaches and responses to Korean ceramics. From work that is purely functional to work that is purely decorative, via work that seeks to critique contemporary Korean society, the unifying element is the quality of the craftsmanship and execution. Yoon […]

Event news: performances in the upcoming Korean Avant-Garde exhibition

News of two performances taking place as part of the upcoming KCCUK exhibition Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive. There will also be two performances (Snail’s Gallop and The Method of Drawing 76–2) by the veteran artist Lee Kun-yong on the opening night, 26 June. ZADIE XA Performance: The Sea Child, Octopus and Brass […]

5th LKFF 2017 Teaser: Lee Soo-yeon’s Bluebeard

The next teaser for the London Korean Film Festival is a psychological thriller set in Hwaseong, site of a real-life string of serial killings from 1986 to 1991: Bluebeard (해빙) Director: Lee Soo-yeon, 2017, 117 mins Regent Street Cinema, 10 July 2017, 7:30pm Book tickets: South Korea has become known for its gripping thrillers featuring […]

Call for writers – Bongsu Park’s INTERNAL LIBRARY project

Details of an interesting collaborative performance in July, taking place in that wonderful space the is the Print Room library / bar / venue under the Notting Hill Coronet cinema. Bongsu Park’s multi-disciplinary projects blur the boundaries between dance and performance art. Her most recent work to be performed in London was the two-part Crossing Over […]

Hurricane Kimchi appears on BBC World News

Heezy Yang, the South Korean artist, performer and activist, is also known for his fabulous alter-ego, the drag queen Hurricane Kimchi. Currently in London for the Queer Asia conference at SOAS where he is performing alongside Chinese feminist and LGBTQ activist Whiskey Chow, he appeared on BBC World News yesterday: Yang has illustrated several LGBT […]

Korea focus in Greenwich & Docklands International Festival

One of the first performance arts projects of Korea/UK 2017-2018 is a focus on Korean performers at this month’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival – “London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual 9/10-day celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people’s lives.” Three acts perform in the Greenwich […]

Exhibition visit: Haenyeo, Women of the Sea, at National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich, played host to an exhibition featuring South Korea’s latest inclusion in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Life-size photographs of Jeju’s famous diving women were dotted around a building which began life in 1807 as a school for the children of British seafarers. […]

An evening with Michael Breen and The New Koreans

When going to a book talk, it is all too common to find that the moderator has little knowledge of the book or its subject matter, and asks the author embarrassingly shallow questions leaving the audience and author short-changed. No such risks last night at the KCC, where the British Korean Society’s Chris Hollands conversed […]