Before anything else, can we please have one minute’s silence in memory of the great gayageum master Hwang Byung-ki, who passed away yesterday aged 82.
And now for February’s events
The year seemed to start slowly, but it soon picked up with all sorts of events popping up from out of nowhere. In particular K-pop concerts seem to be cropping up all over the place, and February is a full month.
- Jay Park plays the Troxy on 4 February
- ULU Live seems to be the venue of choice for early-stage K-pop acts to try out the London audiences:
- A special concert at the KCC on 23 February features baritone Claudio Jung with pianist Grace Yeo.
- The KCC’s House Concert on 27 February features piano duo Cheongbin Yu and Victor Dohan Lim
- Kim Hong-joon’s documentary on Kim Ki-young is being screened at the KCC on 22 Feb, followed by a discussion between Kim Hong-joon and Mark Morris
- Kim Minjung’s solo show continues at White Cube all month
- Collect 2018 is at the Saatchi Gallery 22-25 February
- Lee Ufan’s new exhibit is unveiled at the Serpentine Gallery on 6 Feb.
- Lee Jeongwoong’s solo show Laputa – The Fall opens at Pontone Gallery on 2 Feb
- The KCC photography exhibition related to the Pyeongchang winter Olympics lasts until 17 Feb
- The images that inspired Nick Bonner’s book Made in North Korea will be on show at House of Illustration from 23 Feb
- Contemporary Korean Ceramics at the V&A closes on 11 February
- Koh Sang-woo’s work will be on show at James Freeman Gallery until 3 February.
- In Durham, the photography exhibition The Hills are High opens at the Oriental Museum on 9 February.
- Juree Kim and Neil Brownsword are holding Open Studio at the V+A on 14 and 24 Feb
- The SOAS conference, Colonialism and its Reverberations, is on 3 February.
- The All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea hosts a talk on Human rights in North Korea after a decade of change, 5 February.
- In Bath, Chung-in Moon talks on the subject of Security in the Third World: The Case of North Korea, 9 February.
- LSE’s Korea Future Forum is on 10 February
- Lee Ufan is in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at the KCC on 6 February
- There’s a discussion with North Korean exile Jihyun Park at SOAS on 6 February
- White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht is launched at Foyles on 6 February
- SOAS’s evening seminars this month feature Javier Cha on Intellectual History and Computing on 9 Feb; and Alexander Vovin on 23 Feb
- Nick Bonner talks about the House of Illustration exhibition on 23 Feb.
- There’s the opportunity to learn a little North Korean cuisine on 20 February, in aid of Connect North Korea.
- Han Yujoo’s The Impossible Fairytale is this month’s topic for the KCC Korean Literature Night on 28 February
- The monthly Sewol silent protest is on 17 February
- Don’t forget that you have until the end of March to complete your Kim Aeran Essay.
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