Thames Festival

We didn’t manage to see all of the All Eyes on Korea Thames Festival events, but here’s a flavour of some of them… 1. The Kukkiwon Taekwondo demonstration team practising on the evening before the Festival. They wowed the audience on Saturday with an encore featuring PSY’s Gangnam Style. 2. CJ’s new restaurant, Bibigo, was […]

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Contemporary K-art in front of Tate Modern at the Thames Festival

by Events Editor 5 September 2012
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More details of the K-art stream in the wide-ranging Korean participation in the Thames Festival. And while you’re paying a visit, don’t forget to pop in to the Tate Modern itself, where Sung Hwan Kim has an amazing installation in the East Tank. ‘All Eyes on Korea’: Contemporary Korean Art and Family Workshops Saturday, 8th […]

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All Eyes on Korea at the Thames Festival

by Events Editor 29 August 2012
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The summer’s events come to an end with the Thames Festival, which coincides with the Chuseok season. As usual, Korea will be strongly represented, this time in a prestigious location just in front of Tate Modern. All Eyes on Korea at the Thames Festival Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 September 2012, 12 – 10pm A […]

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Festival visit: Korea Calling at the Thames Festival 2011

by Shouvik Datta 19 September 2011
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Korea Calling this year was very well attended. The two-day event near the South Bank’s OXO Tower (Saturday September 10/Sunday September 11) formed part of the Thames Festival. This was the event’s fifth year, and there were plenty of features on when I visited on the Sunday. At the centre of Korea Calling was a […]

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Highlights of the Thames Festival

by Philip Gowman 19 September 2011
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The Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra playing Wondergirls and SNSD. And their amazing body-popping dancer The Kukkiwon Taekondo demo team performing in the pouring rain. Amazing that no-one broke their neck The crazy K-pop lovers in their noraebang tent singing along to their favourite K-pop tunes The amazing enthusiasm & energy of the seemingly hundreds of young […]

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The many attractions of Sancheong County at the Thames Festival and beyond

by Philip Gowman 9 September 2011
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This year, as for the past four years, Korea will be heavily represented at the Thames Festival. But this year, for the first time, the Korean village will host some stalls from parts of the country outside of Seoul. The regions all have particular unique characteristics to attract people to visit. Jeju-do, still in the […]

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Family Ties with Director Q&A at the KCC

by Events Editor 9 September 2011
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Last year the Thames Festival provided the opportunity for a couple of collateral events in the form of concerts by Winterplay and Baramgot. This year, director Kim Tae-yong is over for the screening of the restored silent film Crossroads of Youth, and will stay to answer questions after the KCC’s screening on Monday of his […]

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Donguibogam to feature at the Thames Festival

by Sena Lee 7 September 2011
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2013 will see the 400th anniversary of the first publication of the Donguibogam, the most precious book in traditional Korean medicine (TKM). There will be a commemorative World Traditional Medicine EXPO (known as Donguibogam EXPO) in Sancheong in 2013 (6 September — 20 October, 45 days) to celebrate this anniversary. Sancheong County, at the foot […]

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Stories of the River – Thames Festival family events at the KCC

by Events Editor 6 September 2011
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While the main part of Korea Calling at the Thames Festival is taking place by the OXO Tower, the KCC has arranged some child-friendly activities at the cultural centre itself, 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Plenty to keep the young ones happy. And I highly recommend Sef Townsend’s storytelling. I’m sure you’ll be allowed in […]

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Crossroads of Youth: Korea’s oldest silent film comes to stage at the Thames Festival

by Events Editor 5 September 2011
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This coming weekend sees the return of The Mayor of London’s Thames Festival, celebrating the diverse range of culture and art that inhabits London. As in previous years, Korea is represented by the Korean Cultural Centre UK hosting fun and exciting events at the OXO Tower. This year the KCCUK and Korean Film Archive are […]

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Korea Calling at the Thames Festival 2011

by Events Editor 3 September 2011
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Korea returns to the Thames Festival this year (10-11 September) with a range of entertainments. The Taekwondo demonstrations are always popular, plus this year there’s the Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra. If you’ve ever heard a Beatles number performed on massed Gayageums, you were probably listening to these ladies. They’ve also been known to accompany B-boys, which […]

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Three outcomes of the London Riots

by Philip Gowman 11 August 2011
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Three Korea-related outcomes of the London riots this year: Big Bang will not be coming for the Thames Festival (though the guilty verdict on Dae-sung didn’t help either. # Third Window Films, great supporters of Korean movies, hit as Sony’s main CD and DVD replication centre is burnt down: huge amount of stock destroyed. http://on.fb.me/npACjW […]

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Concert notes: Baramgot at the South Bank

by Philip Gowman 23 September 2010
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When Baramgot visited London two years ago they played to a sparsely populated mediaeval church in the middle of the Barbican complex. This year, the performance was in the more comfortable environment of the Purcell Room, and the audience was much bigger. What we gained in comfort was somewhat lost in atmosphere – the echoing […]

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Winterplay launches UK album with civilised gigs

by Philip Gowman 20 September 2010
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Last weekend saw Winterplay’s UK debut and launch of their first western album on Universal. Three gigs in two remarkably different settings. Their first performance was in the Cultural Centre on Friday 10 September. Demonstrating the remarkable flexibility of the space, the area next to the reception desk had been converted into a stage, with […]

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LKL reports from the Thames Festival 2010

by Philip Gowman 16 September 2010
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2010 is Korea’s fourth year of participation in the Thames Festival, and each year the participation seems to get more ambitious. This year, the location moved from Tower Bridge, where there are possibly fewer punters strolling by, to the high-profile Jubilee Gardens, under the shadow of the London Eye, where the crowds are much more […]

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This weekend: Korea at the Thames Festival

by Events Editor 11 September 2010
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A reminder of the timetable for the Korean events by the London Eye this weekend. Weather is forecast to be better on Sunday. All timings approximate and subject to change. Saturday 11 September: 12:00 – Taekwondo demo 13:00 – Taekwondo workshop 13:30 – BreakOut (Extreme Dance Comedy) 14:30 – B-boy experience 15:00 – Winterplay jazz […]

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An early celebration of Chuseok for Children

by Events Editor 11 September 2010
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The Korean Cultural Centre UK is proudly hosting a free family workshop to celebrate Chuseok at the Centre on the 11th and 12th of September, coinciding with all the Thames Festival events on the south bank. Animation screening (Pororo, Dibo), traditional Korean folklores by a professional storyteller, contemporary amd traditional board games are waiting for […]

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