July events 2019

The highlight of the month is the Dream Ritual performance at the Coronet Theatre. But two musical collaborations could run it close: Hyelim Kim at LSO St Luke’s and SaaWee at Albany Red Room. Continuing this year’s trend, there’s also plenty of K-pop and rock too at various venues – including Idiotape. The KCC’s film […]

June events 2019

It’s another big month for music and performance, and don’t forget to plan ahead for Bongsu Park’s Dream Ritual featuring Jinyeob Cha and haihm in early July. Arts and exhibitions The KCC’s new exhibition, Ways to Experience, opens on 11 June. Art Night is on 22 June, with one-off appearances from Christine Sun Kim and […]

May events 2019

A very busy month for music, among other things. Exhibitions: 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 […]

April events 2019

It’s looking like a slightly quieter month this month, though things have a habit of springing up at the last minute. Look out for events related to the 5th anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster, of which there are a few in the planning but not yet finalised. Exhibitions Haegue Yang’s Tracing Movement is at […]

March events 2019

After the busiest February I can remember, March too is setting off at a cracking pace, and that’s even before we have sight of the KCC’s film schedule and upcoming exhibition. It’s a big month for music: Hyelim Kim at Club Inegales, two separate Donghoon Shin world premieres, Seong-jin Cho at the Barbican, plus concerts […]

February events 2019

The big series of events this month is the season of colonial era Korean film at the BFI Southbank and KCC. Also this month is the official launch of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Kimjang project. Seollal is on 5 February. Art The KCC’s current exhibition, curated jointly with Delfina Foundation, and at both locations, […]

January events 2019

A new year, and thankfully not too busy an agenda for January, but there are some good things here. Don’t forget to submit your panel / paper proposals for the Joint East Asian Studies Conference by the end of the month. Film The KCCUK starts its film screenings with a season of three early movies […]

December events 2018

Finally, it’s calming down a bit, after a truly hectic couple of months, but there’s still plenty going on. Film and TV There’s another chance to catch Lee Chang-dong’s Burning prior to its theatrical release next year: 10 December at Regent Street Cinema The SOAS North Korea Society is hosting a screening of The Jangmadang […]

November events 2018

Probably the event of the year is the appearance of Ahn Sook-sun in London to perform Heungboga. Not to be missed. It’s also the busiest time of the year for Korean film, and if you haven’t seen enough of BTS yet you might be able to see them in a cinema near you. In fact […]

October events 2018

Visual arts and exhibitions Suh Do-ho’s Bridging Home, London is near Liverpool Street, and Lee Ufan’s Relatum – Stage outside the Serpentine Gallery, at least until the end of the year. The Liverpool Biennial (till 28 Oct) and Asia Triennial Manchester (5 – 21 Oct) have plenty of Korean interest Yunchul Kim’s Dawns, Mine, Crystal […]

September events 2018

Visual arts and design Two exhibitions close today: Hyen Jungyoon’s Walking on Tiptoes at the KCC and Gazelli Art House’s Window Project which includes work by Park Jinyong. The Koppel Art Hive group show 6 – 8 September features work by Min Joonhong The Sunny Art Prize exhibition 4 – 30 September includes work by six Korean […]

August events 2018

Exhibitions If you haven’t been to Lee Bul’s solo show at the Hayward Gallery yet, make sure you get there before it closes on 19 August. Lee Ufan’s installation at the Serpentine will remain in place until early 2019 The KCC’s August exhibition, Hyen Jungyoon’s Walking on Tiptoes, opens on 6 Aug Park Neung-saeng’s Travelling […]

July events 2018

Well, I was right about June. The changgeuk Trojan Women was superb. Here’s what’s happening in July, with events in Edinburgh, Croydon, Eastbourne, Oxford, Cambridge, Christchurch, Liverpool, York, Durham, Lichfield and Birmingham as well as London. Exhibitions The Liverpool Biennial opens on 14 July. Haegue Yang is showing at the Tate (and gives an artist talk […]

June events 2018

A busy month this month, of which I suspect the highlight will be a changgeuk version of Trojan Women. Exhibitions 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 […]

May events 2018

May is always a busy month for music, as various indie bands tour the festivals. This year, we have literature and dance to look forward to as well. For me, the highlight of the month is likely to be Cha Jin-yeob and others in the festival of dance at the Place. And block your diaries […]

April events 2018

Exhibitions In Exeter, Young In Hong’s The Moon’s Trick continues until 22 April; In Nottingham, The Real DMZ closes on 15 April; Han Collection’s exhibition of crafts from the boudoir, Gyubang, continues all month; In Durham, the photography exhibition entitled The Hills are High continues all month; Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the […]

March events 2018

A busy month this month, both in London and further afield. And, if you happen to be passing a newsagents, you might want to pick up this month’s Monocle which has a 48-page section devoted to South Korea, and interviews with President Moon, the First Lady and the Mayor of Seoul. Their travel guide to […]