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 […]

February events 2018

Before anything else, can we please have one minute’s silence in memory of the great gayageum master Hwang Byung-ki, who passed away yesterday aged 82. —— Thank you. —— And now for February’s events —— The year seemed to start slowly, but it soon picked up with all sorts of events popping up from out […]

January events 2018

A quiet start to the year – just as well: the last few months have been so hectic that we could do with a break. Exhibitions The Contemporary Korean Ceramics exhibition continues all month. Watch out for notices of open studios. Jewyo Rhii’s The Day 3, Walls and Barbed continues at Amanda Wilkinson Gallery until […]

December events 2017

This must be the first month in the history of this website when there are no known Korean movie screenings in the next 30 days. Time to catch up on your DVD collections or online watchlist. Talks At SOAS: Kim Seung-hee talks on the subject of Melancholia and Mourning in Modern Korean Poetry on 1 […]

November events 2017

After a ridiculously hectic October, the pace this month is a bit more manageable (at least, once we get past the first week and a bit). Film The London Korean Film Festival closes in London on 8 November before touring to Sheffield, Manchester. Nottingham, Glasgow and Belfast. Ellie Kyungran Heo’s Plantarians and Did You Eat Rice? […]

October events 2017

This is probably the most congested month since LKL’s records began in 2006. Three film festivals take out much of the end of the month; the K-music festival has some very enticing gigs; the unmissable Ahn Eun-me comes to London for two days; and far too much else besides. And then there’s this very tempting […]

September events 2017

As summer comes to an end, it’s time for the K-Music festival, which has some really good things this year. But there’s plenty else going on too. Note also the list includes events in Bristol, Wigan, Farnham and Hull. Exhibitions In Kingston Museum, two exhibitions are on show throughout the month: Through Their Eyes, depicting […]

August events 2017

The main focus is on Edinburgh this month, with twenty Korean acts performing at the Fringe throughout the month and Hwang Sok-yong appearing at the book festival on 16 August. In London: Exhibitions The KCC’s exhibition Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive lasts until 19 August; Through their eyes: depicting Korea and UK then […]

July events 2017

The headline event this month is the London Korean Festival at Olympia, featuring four K-pop groups and some more traditional fare too. And there’s plenty else happening throughout the month, of which for me the highlights are Han Yujoo talking about her Impossible Fairy Tale, and a new performance art work from Park Bong-su. Film […]

June events 2017

A busy and varied month of events: Exhibitions The V&A’s exhibition of Contemporary Korean Ceramics lasts until 2018. Han Collection’s exhibition of buncheong ceramics lasts until 3 June. Their subsequent exhibition, Paper Man, opens on 6 June, lasting until 21 June. The KCCUK’s ceramics exhibition – Between Serenity and Dynamism – also closes on 3 […]

May events 2017

May is a big month for ceramics; and Youn Sun Nah celebrates her new album with a performance at Ronnie Scotts: Performance Say Sue Me are at 100 Club supporting Japanese group Otoboke Beaver on 1 May Kyung-wha Chung plays unaccompanied Bach at the Barbican on 10 May The Barberettes return to London, with Sultan of […]