A busy month this month, of which I suspect the highlight will be a changgeuk version of Trojan Women.
- Lee Bul’s big show at the Hayward Gallery opened this week, and will continue until the end of July. Her opening talk and related performance on 1 June is now fully booked, but look out for various educational events alongside the exhibition.
- The KCC’s big show for the early summer features Jheon Soocheon, opening on 6 June.
- White Cube Mason’s Yard is featuring Lee Seung-taek until the end of the month. Well worth a visit, particularly for his early work from the 1960s in the basement area.
- Opening in the Somerset House courtyard on 8 June (till 27 June) is a big installation, Halo, by UK-Korea duo Kimchi and Chips.
- In Birmingham, the Korean artist collective Mixrice is featured at Eastside Projects in an exhibition entitled Migrating Flavours.
- In York, Jukhee Kwon’s book and paper sculpture is in the running for the Aesthetica Art Prize at York Art Gallery
- Joonhong Min’s exhibition at SPACE Mare Street closes on 2 June
- In Durham, the photography exhibition entitled The Trees are High continues at the Oriental Museum until early September
- Lee Ufan’s installation Relatum – Stage is outside the Serpentine Gallery for a few more weeks.
- An exhibition of North Korean fine art (not a propaganda poster in sight) will be held at La Galleria Pall Mall for one week only, 18 – 23 June (with a PV on the Thrusday for which registration is required)
- I’m expecting the National Changgeuk Company’s performances of Trojan Women to be on my shortlist for event of the year this year. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them at the QEH on 2 and 3 June.
- Grace Kim and others perform in Hoxton on 6 June.
- You can still catch In-Sook Chappell’s Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok, in Coventry until 2 June. Recommended.
- In-Sook’s second new play to debut this year is The Free Nine, at the Notional Theatre for one night only on 29 June
- The performance stream of the UK-Korea year of cultural exchange comes to a close on 14 June when Han-Na Chang conducts the Philharmonia with Sunwook Kim at the Festival Hall.
- Jambinai appears in Robert Smith’s Meltdown in the Purcell Room on 16 June
- Monsta X plays the Hammersmith Apollo on 17 June
- Oh, and if you haven’t got a ticket for BTS’s performances in the O2 later this year, it’s probably too late. They go on sale 1 June and probably will sell out within minutes.
- You might want to book for Seong-jin Cho in Oxford on 29 July, too.
- Kim Sung-je’s Unfair (aka Minority Opinion), adapting Son Aram’s novel based on the Yongsan tragedy, screens on 7 June
- 1987: When the Day Comes is the LKFF’s Teaser Screening on 18 June.
- Little Pyongyang, a documentary about North Koreans in New Malden, screens on 21 June in aid of Connect North Korea
- Kim Aeran introduces EJ Yong’s adaptation of her novel My Palpitating Life on 28 June
- There’s a fundraiser dinner in New Malden on 8 June in aid of a Korean festival to be held in Eastbourne in July
- There’s a Korean speech contest at the KCC on 9 June
- The 50th Sewol Silent Protest is on 9 June.
- The Queer Asia conference is at SOAS and UCL, 26-28 June.
- SOAS will be hosting a seminar on the Sino-Korean borderlands on 5 June
- Chatham House has an afternoon assessing Moon Jae-in’s first year in office on 13 June.
- On 23 June British Korean War veterans will be welcomed to a cultural event in Kingston’s Guildhall.
- The KCC’s Literature Night on 27 June features a discussion with Kim Aeran about the short stories and novel extract that were the topic for her essay contest.