Kingston + New Malden

The Kimjang Project launched yesterday in New Malden with congratulatory messages from the Mayor of Kingston Thay Thayalan and the local MP Sir Ed Davey among others. The project celebrates the various aspects of kimjang, for example the communal character of kimchi-making and its health-giving properties. New Malden, sometimes known as New Mal-dong (뉴몰동), as […]

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Kimjang: Making and Sharing Kimchi – launch event in New Malden

by Events Editor 31 January 2019
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Korean British Cultural Exchange, the people who bring you the Korean festival in Kingston market square at Chuseok time, have received Heritage Lottery funding for a Kimjang event at the end of November. The project has a launch event in February. KBCE are always seeking volunteers to help in their cultural projects: do think about […]

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Little Pyongyang Screening with Q+A with Mr Choi

by Events Editor 11 November 2018
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Join the Korea Future Initiative and Connect: North Korea on Dec 3rd for the first screening of ‘Little Pyongyang’ to feature a Q&A with the documentary’s star, Mr Choi Joong-hwa. The screening will take place in New Malden Methodist Church. Doors open at 7.15pm. Tickets in advance are £5; £7 on the doors. Proceeds will […]

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Kingston’s Korean Harvest Festival

by Events Editor 26 August 2018
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Now in its third year, the early Autumn Korean harvest festival organised by Korean British Cultural Exchange comes to Kingston’s marketplace this September: Kingston Celebrates Chuseok Saturday 22 September 2018, 12 noon – 4pm Ancient Market Place | Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1JS www.kbce.org.uk/harvest Detailed schedule at the bottom of this page. Fun, family-friendly and free for […]

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K-Pop UK National Competition 2018

by Events Editor 21 August 2018
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This looks fun: separate from the UK round of the K-pop World Festival that was held earlier this summer, the Kingston-based organisation Korea British Cultural Exchange (KBCE) is organising a UK-specific national competition for K-pop dance and vocal covers. The finals will be held in Kingston at the end of October. K-Pop UK National Competition […]

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The 73rd Independence Day celebrations in New Malden

by Philip Gowman 18 August 2018
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Kingston’s Koreans today celebrated the 73rd anniversary of Independence Day. It was the first public engagement of the new ambassador, HE Park Eun-ha, who is to be thanked for making the time: she only arrived in London to take up her post two days ago. In attendance were Kingston’s Mayor, Thay Thayalan, and the leader […]

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Event news: the Independence Day Korean Festival

by Events Editor 12 August 2018
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The big Korean festival on Kingston’s Fairfield Recreation Ground seems to have run its course. Instead, this year we have a slightly smaller celebration in the heart of Koreatown: The 73rd Independence Day Ceremony and Festival Saturday 18 August 2018, 11:00am – 4:30pm Glasshouse Pub Courtyard | 14 Coombe Road | New Malden KT3 4QE […]

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Kitchen Cabinet – the Korean edition

by Events Editor 23 January 2018
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Radio 4’s food programme the The Kitchen Cabinet will be broadcasting from New Malden this Saturday, featuring all things Korean. On the panel will be Jordan Bourke, co-writer with Rejina Pyo of Our Korean Kitchen. The broadcast will be at 10:30 on Saturday morning, 27 January. It will be available on iPlayer thereafter.

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Event news: concert by London Korean Choral Society

by Events Editor 29 November 2017
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A concert of both Korean and Western songs and choruses with piano and orchestra, performed by the London Korean Choral Society with soloist Vittoria Kim: Date: Saturday, 9th December 2017 Time: 7pm Venue: St James Church, Bodley Road, New Malden, KT3 5QD Tickets: £10

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Kingston Korean Festival 2017: the photos

by Philip Gowman 14 October 2017
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Here is a collection of photos from the Korean Festival held in Kingston’s ancient market place on Saturday 16 September 2017. 16,706 people attended the festival and 526 people enjoyed the audience participation programmes on the day! LKL, unfortunately, wasn’t one of them, and these photos are taken with permission from the organisers’ Facebook page […]

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Jeju teachers in Kingston exchange

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2017
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I do like receiving these occasional press releases from Kingston Council as I wouldn’t normally get to hear about things like this: Kingston schools welcome teachers from Korea in cultural exchange programme Seven teachers from Jeju in South Korea, Kingston’s partner town, are working in local schools and staying with local families as part of […]

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Kingston Korean Festival returns to the market square

by Events Editor 31 August 2017
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Following the great success of last year’s Autumn Full Moon Festival, Kingston Korean Festival 2017 returns to Kingston where the biggest Korean community in Europe is based. This year, Kingston Korean Festival runs two main programmes to celebrate Korean culture and engage with British people in many ways: Experience how Koreans are celebrate their first […]

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Exhibition news: Through Their Eyes – depicting Korea and UK then and now

by Events Editor 6 June 2017
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A new summer exhibition in Kingston Museum which will give another opportunity to view some of Han Collection’s early 20th century prints as well as contemporary work. Through their eyes: depicting Korea and UK then and now Kingston Museum | Wheatfield Way | Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS Tuesday Friday & Saturday: 10am to 5pm […]

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Event news: Korean Cultural Day(s) at New Malden Methodist Church

by Events Editor 22 October 2016
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It was nice of someone to post this in the LKL Facebook group yesterday. Too late to provide much advance notice, but I’m posting it now for the archives. I hadn’t heard of the Association of Korean Communities in the UK before. This sort of event used to be sponsored by an organisation called the […]

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Event news: Chuseok celebrations in Kingston

by Events Editor 28 August 2016
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There will be some Chuseok festivities on Saturday 17 September in Kingston marketplace, 12-4pm, organised by Korean British Cultural Exchange and supported by Kingston Council. It is said to be the first Korean street/outdoor festival to be held in Kingston town centre, and is certainly to be welcomed as an alternative focus to celebrate Koreanness there now the summer festival in […]

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Event news: Ongals – Babbling Comedy returns to Kingston

by Events Editor 30 July 2016
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The comedians from Ongals are always a hit wherever they go, so it’s good to have them return to Kingston for another gig down at the Rose Theatre this summer: Ongals: Babbling Comedy Fri 5 Aug 2016, 7.30pm Kingston Rose Theatre Tickets £11 – £16 + £2.50 booking fee | Book here Come and celebrate […]

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Award for Korean Information Centre Co-founder

by Philip Gowman 3 April 2016
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Congratulations to Bona Shin of the Korean Information Centre in New Malden for winning the Mayor’s Community Award for outstanding service to the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames. The award was presented on 31 March 2016. The Korean Information Centre opened on 2 February last year with the aim of building a healthier and happier Korean […]

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