July Literature Night: Kim Ji-young Born 1982

July’s literature night features one of the most talked-about books of recent years. If you’re thinking about entering the 2020 literature essay contest, this session might help. Nice that they’re bringing in In-sook Chappell to lead the discussion. LKL review here. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, by Cho Nam-Joo Wednesday 29 July 2020, 7pm on Zoom […]

Journey Man: an interview with ceramic artist Jaejun Lee

Determination, dedication, precision, humbleness, outstanding results. These are some of the words that come to mind when thinking about the artworks Jaejun Lee (b.1987) creates in his studio after hours and hours spent on the wheel and with his tools. Counting ten thousand followers on Instagram, artist Lee is a young and talented ceramic artist […]

Korean animations at the Annecy Festival

Thanks to Jordan, a member of the LKL Facebook Group, for alerting me to news that I’ve been eagerly anticipating for 5 years: the international premiere (I think) of The Shaman Sorceress, Studio Meditation with Pencil’s adaptation of the short story by Kim Dong-ni. It is screening at the Annecy Festival, where previous releases by […]

The 2020 Korean Literature Essay Contest

I don’t think we’ve had an essay contest since 2017. It’s good to see it return, organised by UCLan for LTI Korea. The contest is open to readers in the UK. 2020 UCLan IKSU Book Essay Contest The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is hosting the “2020 […]

V+A Korean programme receives boost from MCST

Great news for the V&A’s programme of Korean activities and gallery: V&A announces landmark partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism 17 June 2020: The V&A has today announced a new five-year partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Korea. This major grant will enable the redevelopment of the museum’s […]

Book review: Jeong You-jeong – Seven Years of Darkness

Jeong You-jeong: Seven Years of Darkness Translated by Kim Chi-young Penguin / Little, Brown 2020 Originally published as 7년의 밤, EunHaeng NaMu Publishing Co, Seoul 2011 It felt like a long wait. We’d seen the movie adaptation a few years ago (Choo Chang-min’s Seven Years of Night, which screened at the London Korean Film Festival […]

Cereal Magazine: special Korean edition

Cereal is a biannual travel and style magazine based in the UK. Each issue focuses on a select number of destinations, alongside interviews and stories on design, art, and fashion. The current edition (#19) for the summer of 2020 focuses on Korea. The volume covers the architecture of Itami Jun, the photography of Koo Bohnchang, […]

Bang Bang Con: The Live

What is likely to be the biggest global livestreamed event of the Covid lockdown kicks off at 10am BST on Sunday 14 June. Runtime is expected to be 90 minutes. The concert will be streaming on Weverse. The event will provide some consolation for BTS’s UK fans who were looking forward to their appearance at […]

Joung Young-ju debut at Pontone Gallery

A welcome piece of good news. Pontone Gallery is reopening on 15 June, and their first post lockdown exhibition features a debut for artist Joung Young-ju. Note that with the health and safety of visitors and staff in mind, the gallery will be allowing a maximum of 10 visitors at any one time. To guarantee […]

The mysteries of the Abies Koreana

Around 17 years ago, on a trip to Ashwood Nurseries in the West Midlands with the in-laws, I sneaked an unauthorised plant onto the trolley, much as a child might sneak a bag of sweets into the shopping cart on a trip to the supermarket. On my stroll around the nursery grounds, I had seen […]

Résonances livestream: Memories

Daegum player Hyelim Kim will again be appearing in an improvisational multi-disciplinary performance, livestreamed courtesy of The Vortex. Résonances: Memories 12 noon UK time Sunday 7 June 2020 Venue: Vortex Facebook Page | Résonances Facebook Page Résonances is back with a third live-streamed event! It may be our last performance online before we come back […]

Rendered Reality: an interview with Joonhong Min and Shinuk Suh

New contributor Federica Ionta meets the artists behind Rendered Reality, the exhibition currently in suspended animation at the KCCUK. Thinking of Korean art, one might recall, for instance, pottery of exquisite quality, such as the iconic moon jars, or beautiful ink paintings. However, not all Korean artists stick to traditional shapes, materials and techniques. Artists […]

June 2020 online activities

Here are some of the new things to enjoy online in June. Many of the items from my May and April posts still remain relevant. Let me know what I’ve missed. Online performance The KCC’s Home Theatre series moves from piano music to chamber music. On 4 June the Sejong Soloists play Mendelssohn’s Octet. Screenings […]