London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Sun-mi Hong plays at the Vortex

Sun-Mi Hong makes two appearances at the Vortex this month, first as part of a quartet led by Ant Law and Alex Hitchcock – with whom she collaborated for the first time at K-Music 2022 – and then at the end of the month leading her own quintet: 2 March: Same Moon in the Same … [Read More]

Wave to Earth UK tour

Based in Seoul ‘Wave to Earth’ is a three-member band consisting of singer-songwriter Daniel Kim, drummer Dong Kyu Shin, and bassist John Cha. ‘Wave to Earth’ produces indie pop with a lo-fi sound based on jazz drumming, creating a unique sense of the seasons and a dreamy atmosphere in the music. With the primary motto … [Read More]

iKON play the Troxy

K-POP boy group iKON is coming to London iKON, active since their debut in 2015 and enjoying worldwide popularity, will have their first concert in London in March 2024. Known for their intense sound and unique emotional music, iKON creates exhilarating stages with their exceptional live skills and a distinctive HIP performance style. Therefore, their … [Read More]

Peggy Gou plays Gunnersbury Park

Peggy Gou will play her biggest London show to date in Gunnersbury Park on Saturday August 17th 2024! She’ll be joined by Mochakk, Lsdxoxo, Sally C and Hiver for one of the most anticipated electronic live shows in the capital this summer. You can also catch her in Manchester’s Parklife festival on 8th June. Gunnersbury … [Read More]

Voices of Freedom: Performances, Escapee Talks, Documentary & Director Q&A

You’re Invited to “Voices of Freedom”: An Evening of Reflection, Tribute, and Unity Join us for a profound journey through the stories of North Korean defectors and the forgotten POWs of the Korean War, hosted by the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council. This unique event weaves together inspiring lectures, a compelling documentary screening, and heartfelt performances … [Read More]

Korean crafts at Collect 2024

Collect, now in its 20th year, offers collectors an opportunity to acquire new, museum-quality handcrafted artworks from some of 21st Century’s finest craft talent. As in previous years, there is a strong Korean representation, with five Korea-specialist galleries exhibiting. You will also find individual Korean artists in galleries without a country focus: Gallery Sklo Booth: … [Read More]

Jambinai play Dingwalls, Camden

Jambinai present Korean traditional music in a new and innovative way, with their ground-breaking post-rock sound that combines folk, metal, jazz and ambient electronic elements in a mix of traditional Korean and modern instruments. With their huge following they have wowed stages at major rock festivals, including Glastonbury and Robert Smith’s Meltdown. Their third Bella … [Read More]

Korean films at BFI Flare 2024

Last year BFI Flare had a Korean focus, giving us four feature films and a short. It’s only natural that this year’s offering won’t quite match up to last year’s feast, but still we have one feature and a short: Heavy Snow (폭설) Dir: Yun Su-ik (2023, 77 mins) Cast: Han So-hee, Han Hae-in Monday … [Read More]

Ordinary World: KCC’s 2024 Open Call exhibition

The 2024 KCCUK Open Call exhibition ‘Ordinary World’ is a collaborative exhibition with the Korean Cultural Centres in Germany and France. In June 2023, KCC UK X Germany X France held an Open Call for art works under the theme of ‘Ordinary World’. The submissions were judged by influential jurors from each country (Gina Buenfeld-Murley … [Read More]

Haon plays the Garage

Haon returns to London, this time as a headline act. The South Korean rapper won best new artist at the 2019 Korean Hip-Hop Awards, having released his debut EP “Travel: Noah” in 2018. He came to London last year supporting Sik-K. This year’s tour also takes him to Amsterdam, Paris, Munich and Berlin. He will … [Read More]

Stray Kids play BST Hyde Park 2024

Stray Kids are coming to London for a UK exclusive performance at the American Express BST Hyde Park on Sunday 14 July 2024. After the success of BlackPink’s BST performance last year, it comes as no surprise that there’s another Kpop act headlining this year. After their first London performance in 2019 at the Brixton … [Read More]

Architect Minsuk Cho’s Mass Studies selected for 2024 Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine is delighted to announce that Seoul-based Korean architect Minsuk Cho and his firm Mass Studies have been selected to design the 23rd Pavilion. Mass Studies’ Pavilion will be unveiled at Serpentine South on 5th June 2024 with Goldman Sachs supporting the annual project for the 10th consecutive year. This innovative commission, which began in … [Read More]

Hera Hyesang Park and Bretton Brown at Milton Court

Soprano Hera Hyesang Park and pianist Bretton Brown give a recital that celebrates Park’s Korean heritage, finding parallels and contrasts between western repertoire and Korean art and folk-song. In weaving together western classical music and Korean art songs and folk-song arrangements, Park and Brown find the common threads that unite different cultures. A Korean Boat … [Read More]

ITZY “Born to Be” tour in London

This is, we think, ITZY’s first performance in London. JYP’s girl band consists of Yeji, Ryujin, Chaeryeong and Yuna, with a fifth member, Lia, currently taking a break. Their most recent album, released this month, is Born to Be, which gives the title to their world tour that begins in Seoul on 24 February. [Read More]

Jiwon Oh in Resolution triple bill

Korean movement artist Jiwon Oh appears in a triple bill of contemporary dance as part of Resolution 2024: Devil Fish, by Silver-Tongue Studios Picture us Now, by Jiwon Oh Forward To Nowhere by Twofold Dance Theatre Devil Fish, by Silver-Tongue Studios Lithe limbs curling free as a creeper. That writhes in this deep, soundless space. … [Read More]