The London Korean Festival organised by the KACC

Before the Korean Cultural Centre UK was established in 2008, the promotion of Korean culture in the UK was a predominantly private sector affair. Among the leading organisations to bring Korea to London was the Korean Anglican Community Centre, affiliated to the London Diocese of the Anglican church. Every year they organised a London Korean Film Festival as the centrepiece of a Korean Festival which brought Korean musicians and artists to London. LKL remembers a film festival from way back in 2001 at the Phoenix cinema at which Park Chan-wook’s JSA and Lee Jae-yong’s An Affair were screened. Sadly, detailed information about these earlier festivals is hard to obtain. The last London Korean Festival organised by the KACC was in 2006.

The London Korean Festival 2006 was the last of the festivals organised by Oh Tae-min and his team, which included Stephanie Seung-min Kim who would go on to be the first curator at the Korean Cultural Centre before moving into the art curatorial world on her own. Previously working from within the Korean Anglican Community […]

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Your feedback from the London Korean Film Festival 2006

by Philip Gowman 10 July 2006
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Thanks to those of you who replied to LKL’s audience survey of those who attended the 2006 London Korean Film Festival. I’ve passed your detailed comments on to the organisers, Tae-min and Jase, and here is a summary of what you said. Your favourite film of the festival? Dan loved Love is a Crazy Thing, […]

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Prof Kim Chang-nam: history & characteristics of modern Korean culture

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2006
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(SOAS, 5 June 2006, 7pm: the concluding event of the London Korean Festival 2006) I’m more reluctant than usual to make this post. The ground covered in Professor Kim’s hugely stimulating conclusion to the London Korean Festival was more than extensive, and left the audience wanting to ask tons of questions. To condense a hundred […]

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Exhibition Visit: Traditional yet Contemporary

by Philip Gowman 8 June 2006
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Air Gallery, London, May 29 – June 3 2006 As Stephanie Seung-min Kim says in her article introducing the exhibition, “…culture can only be seen in a clear light when compared with other cultures. I believe that is why Korean ceramic works have to be judged more in an international setting.” The exhibition demonstrated the […]

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Review: Oh! Youran – performance at V&A Korean day, 27 May

by Philip Gowman 2 June 2006
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I’m sorry I didn’t manage to get to all of the performance of Oh! Youran. For me, Saturday afternoon is not the best time for a theatrical performance, but I guess given the generosity of the V&A in hosting this event in their lecture theatre, certain compromises have to be made in terms of logistics. […]

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Festival film review: Love is a Crazy Thing (연애)

by Philip Gowman 27 May 2006
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I dreamt last night that I was interviewed about my reactions upon seeing Love is a Crazy Thing (OH Seok-geun, 2005) which screened yesterday evening at the Korean Film festival 2006. Well, actually, it was more of a nightmare. This is how the interview went. CJ Entertainment: Did this film entertain you? Me: No Sorry? […]

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Korean Ceramics – Traditional Yet Contemporary

by Stephanie Seungmin Kim 27 May 2006
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One of the highlights of this year’s Korean festival is likely to be the exhibition at Air Gallery, 32 Dover Street, London W1S 4NE, 29 May 2006 – 3 June 2006 — juxtaposing the work of contemporary British potters with the work of modern Korean ceramic artists. Stephanie Seungmin Kim, curator of the show, explains. […]

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Festival film Review: Lost in Love (사랑을 놓치다)

by Philip Gowman 25 May 2006
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Dir: Chu Chang-min 2006. Stars: Sol Kyung-gu Thu 25 May 2006, 8:50pm, Prince Charles Cinema “Dull, dull, dull” is how I thought this review would read as I watched the first half of this film last night. It got better, but not much. This is a story about a non-relationship. There were some great observations […]

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Festival film Review: Princess Aurora (오로라 공주) (18)

by Philip Gowman 22 May 2006
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Dir: Bang Eun-jin, 2005 Mon 22 May 2006, 8:30pm, Prince Charles Cinema A whydunnit rather than a whodunnit. From the start, the perpetrator of these rather fun and sometimes gruesome murders is not in doubt, and the film sustains interest by drawing you into why the murders are committed. At first you think the motivation […]

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Gig review: Crying Nut play the Mean Fiddler

by Philip Gowman 21 May 2006
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What can one say about Crying Nut? Anarchic, mad, joyous. They opened the 2006 London Korean Festival last night in great style. While most of the audience was Korean, it was good to see some unaccompanied westerners at the gig, who seemed to be enjoying the show. Maybe they were there to support the backup […]

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London Korean Film Festival 2006: schedule finalised

by Events Editor 15 May 2006
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Here they are, with synopses provided by the PR people, and links where available to reviews on Darcy’s site. Not a bad haul. The festival runs from 22 – 26 May, and the schedule is as follows: Mon: 20.30 Princess Aurora (18) Tue: 18.00 Murder Take One (15) Tue: 20.40 All For Love (15) Wed: […]

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London Korean Festival: V+A Korean day

by Events Editor 15 May 2006
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As part of Think Korea 2006 and the London Korean Festival the Victoria and Albert Museum hosts an afternoon of Korean culture featuring the musical Oh, Youran and percussive entertainment from Dulsori. As part of the day there will be gallery talks in the V+A’s Samsung Korea Gallery. Korean Day at the V+A Date: 27 […]

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London Korean Festival 2006 – we need news now!!

by Philip Gowman 28 April 2006

Tae-min, please, pretty please, post something about the festival on your website soon. Do you know how long it takes google find a new or updated page? Nor do I, but in theory I guess the minimum is more or less instantaneous, and the maximum is infinite — it just depends on where the googlebot’s […]

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Conference report: the Korean film industry examined

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2005
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Notes from the industry conference at the Charlotte Street Hotel, 10 May 2005 One of the sideshows of the 2005 London Korean Film Festival was a get-together of industry representatives, academics and observers who made observations on current trends in the Korean film industry and the reception of Korean films in the UK. The first […]

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Exhibition news: Enclosed — International Media art at the British Museum

by Philip Gowman 9 May 2005
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As part of the 2005 Korean Festival, Suum Projects is putting on an evening of international media art at the Stevenson Lecture Theatre at the British Museum, 10 May. Most of the video work is by Korean artists – detailed below – but there are also works by Marit Lindberg, Ene-Liis Semper, Nathalie Djurberg and […]

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The 2005 London Korean Festival + Film Festival programme

by Philip Gowman 3 May 2005
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Here is a partial list of films that screened in the 2005 London Korean Film Festival. Although this post’s datestamp is May 2005 so that it appears in the appropriate month of this site’s calendar archive, it is actually being uploaded in November 2015, and is being posted for archival purposes. I am grateful to […]

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London Korean Festival + Film Festival 2004

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2004
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A press release announcing the launch of the 2nd London Korean Festival: For immediate use Monday, 26 April 2004 An opportunity to experience the heart and soul of Korean contemporary culture * In this press release, all Korean surnames precede first names. The 2nd London Korean Festival hosted by the Korean Anglican Centre (KACC) kicks […]

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