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October events 2019

The annual Autumnal diary car crash is upon us, as K-Music, BFI London Film Festival and LEAFF vie for our attention, and that’s before we take into account some classy performers at Cafe OTO and the Wigmore Hall, some big exhibitions kicking off, Bae Suah at Foyles, and the ever-increasing number of K-pop events, including … [Read More]

September events 2019

September is another relatively quiet month as we gear up for the full Autumn programme of events. Make sure you book your tickets for the London Film Festival and K-Music 2019, both in October. See you all at the Korean Eye 2020 Teaser Exhibition at the START Art Fair… For those at the start of … [Read More]

August events 2019

It’s a bit quieter this month – except for Edinburgh of course. All events are in London except where stated otherwise. Film The KCC’s Love Beyond Boundaries season concludes with Wanee and Junah (1 August) and Oasis (8 August) The BTS Bring the Soul movie has screenings on 7 and 10 August The next Korean … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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, … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]