Joo Yeon Sir in Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man

News of Joo Yeon Sir’s September appearance at the Royal Festival Hall: Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man 29 Sep 2017, 7:30 pm Approximate run time: 150 mins Royal Festival Hall Tickets: £16.50 – £50 Booking fee: £2.50 Book tickets See Sir Karl Jenkins conduct a superb concert of his own compositions. Part of RGL Great […]

Fringe review: Monkey Dance

This is a fun musical in which eight incredibly energetic and athletic performers leap around on stage to the musical accompaniment of a quintet of vocalists, beat-boxer and bass. There’s a loose story-line (not that it matters too much as the emphasis is on the music and action) in which an explorer comes to the […]

Brief Fringe review: Behind the Mirror

The Fringe version of Behind the Mirror, at 1 hour, is half an hour shorter than the full version that has successfully been performed in Korea for many years. In the version presented at the Fringe, the tale of Princess Pyonggang and General Ondal is told very briefly before a parallel story is told in […]

Film review: A Taxi Driver

I went along to watch A Taxi Driver out of a sense of duty. What can be said about Gwangju, I thought, that hasn’t been said already? I’d rather see a documentary. Plus, Korean movies with foreign actors always raise slight alarm bells with me (Isabelle Huppert in Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country left me […]

Kingston Korean Festival returns to the market square

Following the great success of last year’s Autumn Full Moon Festival, Kingston Korean Festival 2017 returns to Kingston where the biggest Korean community in Europe is based. This year, Kingston Korean Festival runs two main programmes to celebrate Korean culture and engage with British people in many ways: Experience how Koreans are celebrate their first […]

Exhibition news: “Dol” – baby’s first birthday celebration in Korea

As part of this year’s Kingston Korean Festival, Korean British Cultural Exchange (KBCE) is presenting an exhibition at Kingston Museum: ‘DOL’ – baby’s first birthday celebration in Korea 31 August – 3 October 2017 Kingston Museum | Wheatfield Way | Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS Tue, Fri, Sat: 10am to 5pm | Thu: 10am to 7pm | Mon, Wed, Sun: closed […]

Brief Fringe review: Mind Goblin

Mind Goblin is a mysterious half-hour solo accompanied by a quiet, watery soundtrack. Sometimes serene, sometimes descending into madness, the solitary dancer / choreographer Lee Kyung-eun manages to retain our attention throughout the piece despite the lack of obvious rhythm to the music. The most striking moment comes when the soloist coughs up black liquid […]

Fringe review: Ensemble SU — The Party

Ensemble SU is a five-piece fusion group formed in 2010 and led by Jihye “JJ” Hur on 25-string gayageum with Yein Kim on haegeum, Myunghyun Park on cello, Sangjung Lee on keyboard and Deokhwan Kim playing Korean and western percussion (and not to be confused with a similarly named jazz / gugak fusion trio based […]

Fringe review: Kokdu – The Soul Mate

Intended to be a simple morality tale about respect for the dead and dying, as well as an exposition of Korean folk and shamanistic beliefs about burial customs and the afterlife, this ambitious production combines strong visuals and colourful costumes with storytelling that is an uncomfortable mixture of seriousness and slapstick. Sometimes it’s good to […]

Film review: The Battleship Island

Synopsis Some nasty Japanese are being beastly to the Korean forced labourers in an offshore Japanese coal mine as the Second World War comes to a close. And one or two Koreans aren’t exactly being that patriotic either. In the middle of it all is a weak, venal Korean who is among the labourers with […]

Ambassador Cho posted to Washington

Cho Yoon-je, who was Seoul’s ambassador to London when LKL came online in 2006, has been posted to Washington. After leaving London, Ambassador Cho took up an academic post at Sogang University. Meanwhile, Victor Cha, author of among other things The Impossible State fills the post of US ambassador to Seoul. Source: Korea JoongAng Daily

Gossip and impressions from the Fringe

Before I get down to the serious business of writing up a few reviews of the shows I got to see, here is a round-up of random thoughts and gossip The performers’ work is never done… It’s never really dawned on me before how hard the performance teams work when they are in Edinburgh. Their […]

BKS hosts presentation by Economist Intelligence Unit

The British Korean Society is hosting a talk by the Economist Intelligence Unit focusing on South Korea: The Economist Intelligence Unit Presentation Wednesday 6 September 2017, 6.30pm Venue: Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Milton Gate, 60 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4AG The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) will deliver a presentation on its Long-term Macroeconomic Forecasts: key trends […]

Exhibition news (Wigan): North Korea, An Exploration

An exhibition of DPRK photographs, objects and posters: North Korea, An Exploration The Old Courts | Wigan WN1 1NA | www.theoldcourts.com Exhibition: September 1st to the 27th from 11 AM to 4 PM every Friday and Saturday Opening event: Friday 1st September (7.30-9.30pm). Register via Facebook page Join us to celebrate the opening of a rare and […]