A very busy month for music, among other things.
- Kimsooja’s To Breathe is installed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park;
- Haegue Yang’s Tracing Movement is at South London Gallery until 26 May;
- Jukhee Kwon’s work is in October Gallery’s 40th birthday show until 25 May;
- Lee Jaehyo and Kim Bumsu are at Pontone Gallery until 15 May;
- Han Collection’s Take a Moment: A selection of Korean Crafts is from 8 May until 12 May (London Craft Week);
- The KCC’s Minhwa exhibition lasts until 18 May. Highly recommended.
- Daily Bread + 50 Years of Silence, two films about a non-Korean comfort woman, screen on 1 May;
- The London East Asia Film Festival celebrates 100 years of Korean film with screenings of Holiday in Seoul and Under the Sky of Seoul on 1 May and 7 May respectively;
- The KCC’s new season of screenings, entitled Home Truths has the following on show:
- The second LKFF Teaser is the IMF crisis movie Default, on 20 May.
Music and Performance:
- Jessica Hyun Jin Kim plays Cafe Oto on 2 May;
- Notes Inegales will include Hyelim Kim on 2 May;
- Liverpool’s Sound City has at least five Korean bands, 3-5 May;
- Jinjo Crew perform at Breakin’ Convention, 4-5 May;
- A Korean performing arts festival takes place in Kingston Parish Church on 4 May;
- Say Sue Me with Drinking Boys and Girls Choir are on tour at various venues until 17 May;
- The latter have a headline gig at the Windmill on 6 May;
- Four bands appear at the K-music showcase on 7 May;
- Four Korean bands and one UK-ROK collaboration appear at Brighton’s Great Escape, 9-11 May;
- SF9 play the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 12 May;
- The Opera House lunchtime recital on 13 May features tenor Konu Kim;
- BLACKPINK perform in Manchester and London, 21-22 May;
- The KCC’s House Concert on 21 May features the Aeolian String Quartet;
- Former Wonder Girl Sunmi performs at indigo at the O2, 30 May;
- The first performance in the 2019 Festival of Korean Dance features Modern Table, 31 May;
- If you haven’t got your BTS tickets for 1-2 June yet, you’re probably too late.
- Kim Hyesoon and Don Mee Choi appear in National Poetry Library Lates on 1 May;
- The first Korea Day in Wales is on 4 May;
- Glyn Ford and Carol Turner talk about Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula on 13 May;
- In Oxford, Irina Lyan talks about South Korea in the Post-miracle Era on 13 May;
- The launch of Korea’s Premier Collection of Classical Literature: Selections from Sŏ Kŏjŏng’s Tongmunsŏn takes place in Oxford on 14 May;
- The British Korean Society host a baduk evening on 20 May;
- The Korea Future Initiative launches a report on North Korean trafficked women on 20 May with the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea;
- Victoria Miro hosts a charity fundraising dinner featuring Suh Do-ho and some Korean music performance on 22 May;
- In Cambridge, the Ra Jong-yil Lecture features Professor Carter Eckert, 29 May;
- May’s Literature Night at the KCC features Yi Hyo-seok’s Endless Blue Sky;
- There’s a BTS-themed party at the O2 Academy Islington on 24 May. Other parties take place in Birmingham (5 May and 31 May), and there’s a K-pop dance workshop in London on 25 May.