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 […]

April events 2017

A busy month for music, with a two-day conference at SOAS, a tour from Jambinai and the first Korean Sounds concert, among many other things. In addition, this month marks the third anniversary of the Sewol sinking, and there are at least three commemorative events that I know of so far, with probably more that […]

March events 2017

Here are the events that I know of for March. Also look out for the publication of Bandi’s The Accusation, translated by Deborah Smith, which is starting to get press coverage. Film The K-Horror series of screenings curated by Collette Balmain continues with A Blood Pledge (2 March), Horror Stories (9 March), Mourning Grave (16 […]

February events 2017

Film The Korean Film nights restart with a season of horror films / thrillers curated by Colette Balmain. We kick off with Princess Aurora (Dir: Pang Eun-jin, 2005) and The Red Shoes (Dir: Kim Yong-gyun, 2005) on 16th and 23rd February respectively. A second screening of Princess Aurora will take place at SOAS on 24 February. Exhibitions […]

January events 2017

Exhibitions Han Collection’s exhibition of colonial era posters and prints runs from 6th to 28th January. The UK Korean Artists Association has a two week exhibition, i, kid, at the KCC, 16 – 28 January. The exhibition opens with a performance on 16 January. The London Art Fair runs from 18th to 22nd January. Screenings […]

December events 2016

After a hectic autumn, the start of winter is a bit quieter. But there are still some things to enjoy: Performance At King’s Place, the final Korea Sounds concert of the year is on 7 December. Exhibitions At the KCC, Son Hyemin’s and John Reardon’s show entitled Flat Flat Shiny Cat lasts until 22 December. At […]

November events 2016

November is a big month for film, with the London Korean Film Festival which lasts from 3 Nov to 17 Nov and then moves on to the rest of the country. Full details on the festival website. All the London screenings and talks are on the LKL events calendar. Other events as follows: Exhibitions Riptide, the […]

October events 2016

It’s a great month for music and film. And not a bad one for zombies. Film The BFI London Film Festival has three must-see films: Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing, E J-yong’s Bacchus Lady and Park Chan-wook’s Handmaiden, plus a short: Keep Going by Geon Kim. The London Korean Film Festival has the final teaser screening […]

September events 2016

September: Chuseok month, and a special focus on Kang Ik-joong. A couple of big conferences too, and the K-Music festival kicks off. Too much happening, and I probably missed some events as well. Festivals and family Totally Thames features Kang Ik-joong’s Floating Dreams on the river outside Tate Modern, all month The British Museum’s Chuseok festivities run from […]

August events 2016

It’s August, so it’s time to head up to Edinburgh for the fringe. A summary of all the Korean performers can be found here. Otherwise, there’s the regular programme of events in London which includes the following: Film The third of the KCC’s “Teaser screenings” for the London Korean Film Festival 2016 is Himalaya, at the […]

July events 2016

Well, I was right. My guess that the evening with Gamin and Notes Inégales was going to be the event of last month was spot on. And this month the highlight will be the gig at Club Inégales on 23 July. The informal discussion of Park Wan-suh’s short stories on 28 July should also be […]

June events 2016

For me, I suspect this month’s highlight will be Gamin’s appearance at the Spitalfields Festival on 15 June with Notes Inégales. A bit of free improvisation on the saenghwang, with a band which includes a daegeum among other things… what’s not to enjoy, particularly if you catch the same group’s reimagining of Purcell’s King Arthur […]