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Congratulations to the Korean Englishman team Josh Carrott and Ollie Kendal for their “Korea Image Stepping Stone Bridge Award” from the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI). The award ceremony was held two days ago. Josh and Ollie run the 영국남자 Korean Englishman and JOLLY YouTube channels, which between them have over 4 million subscribers. Links: Corea Image […]

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Sokeel Park awarded MBE

by Philip Gowman 11 January 2019
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Congratulations to Sokeel Park for being awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, published on 28 December. The official citation in the Foreign Secretary’s Diplomatic Service and Overseas List reads: Sokeel John PARK, Country Director, Liberty in North Korea. For services to UK/Korea relations … though you suspect that Mr Park is […]

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Black String win Songlines Music Award

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2018
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Congratulations to Korean fusion group Black String, whose debut album on ACT, Mask Dance, won the Songlines Music Award in the Asia and Pacific category. Black String, who played at the 2017 K-music festival, were in town for the awards ceremony in Brixton on 20 October, where they played music from the album. Keywords: Musicians: […]

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The film festivals approach – as does the annual battle for our diaries

by Philip Gowman 17 October 2018
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Last year I had a little rant about the hectic and competing schedules of the two overlapping film festivals of interest to the Korean film audience. The London Korean Film Festival has had a long history of packing so many films into their programme that it’s impossible to go to everything you want to see. […]

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The end of the journey: desire, recognition and redemption in BTS’s “IDOL”

by Colette Balmain 1 October 2018
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Dr Colette Balmain examines the culmination of the BTS Love Yourself series: “IDOL” is the lead single from BTS’s final album in the “Love Yourself” series. The series comprises one extended storyworld music video, Love Yourself 起 Wonder; one mini album, Love Yourself 承 Her; one full length album, Love Yourself 轉 Tear; and one […]

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ZICO – King of the Zungle Tour comes to London

by Events Editor 20 August 2018
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ZICO returns to London in September. Tickets go on sale 22 August. ZICO – King of the Zungle Tour Friday 28 September 2018 – 6.30pm O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire | Shepherd’s Bush Green | London W12 8TT Buy tickets Keywords: Musicians: ZICO Other tags: London K-pop gigs

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Lee Bul in Conversation and Performance by Zadie Xa

by Events Editor 22 May 2018
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Lee Bul discusses her work with Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, followed by Flooded with ICE / Hell Fire Can’t Scorch Me, a performance by Korean-Canadian visual artist Zadie Xa that brings together live storytellers, dancers and musicians. Co-produced by writer Taylor Le Melle, with performers Jihye Kim, Jane Chan and Nam Yoon Kim. Purcell […]

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Min Kym’s stolen Strad – the Classic FM podcast

by Philip Gowman 20 May 2018
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“This is the story of violinist Min Kym and what happened when her instrument was taken from her. It’s a tale of giddy love, devastating loss and the healing power of music.” Listen to the podcast here, with a summary on the Classic FM website here. Keywords: Musicians: Kym Min-jin

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Brief exhibition visit: Fragmentality

by 앤서방 14 April 2018
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Fragmentality, at Arthill Gallery in North End Road, is a show featuring two RCA students. Minhee Kim’s works are delicate constructions made from layered paper or hair, using the ‘comfort women’ issue as her theme: Taeho Kim’s works include light and sound installations, as well as works on paper, employing intricate geometric patterns. Keywords: Artists: […]

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Peggy Gou’s busy couple of weeks in London

by Philip Gowman 11 March 2018
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Berlin-based Korean DJ Peggy Gou seems to be everywhere right now: on the March cover of British music magazine Mixmag… …where she provides this month’s cover mix; …on BBC Radio 1, where she made her Essential Mix debut in the small hours of yesterday morning, with the BBC’s Pete Tong introducing her as ‘arguably the […]

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Japan Society talk: Escaping to North Korea – with Markus Bell

by Events Editor 18 February 2018
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Apologies for the late notice of tomorrow’s talk organised by the Japan Society, which may by now be fully subscribed. The speaker gave a fascinating talk at SOAS on broadly the same subject a few months ago, so I’d have high hopes of this one too. Escaping to North Korea – with Markus Bell 19 […]

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Seminar: Yeoju and King Sejong the Great

by Events Editor 15 February 2018
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Late notice of a seminar about the achievements of King Sejong, and about the city of Yeoju. Yeoju has a special association with Sejong – among other things he is buried there. The seminar will be conducted by the vice-mayor of Yeoju at the Korean Cultural Centre UK. Please RSVP under this Facebook post if […]

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Photography exhibition: Gay Men And Pants

by Events Editor 15 February 2018
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Late notice of an exhibition by South Korean artist, performer and LBGT activist Heezy Yang aka Hurricane Kimchi: Gay Men And Pants New Bloomsbury Set | The Basement | 76 Marchmont Street | London WC1N 1AG 15-16 February 2018 Bar opening hours 4pm – 11.30pm “Underwear as medium – taking an intimate look at queer lives in […]

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Kitchen Cabinet – the Korean edition

by Events Editor 23 January 2018
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Radio 4’s food programme the The Kitchen Cabinet will be broadcasting from New Malden this Saturday, featuring all things Korean. On the panel will be Jordan Bourke, co-writer with Rejina Pyo of Our Korean Kitchen. The broadcast will be at 10:30 on Saturday morning, 27 January. It will be available on iPlayer thereafter.

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UK military develops plans for rescuing Brits

by Philip Gowman 22 January 2018
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Apparently the MoD have been doing some contingency planning, and sent some top brass over to check out the lie of the land: Based on the information [Senior British military officers] collected, they are devising an evacuation plan for some 8,000 British civilians in South Korea (Chosun Ilbo). I suppose it was the responsible thing […]

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Interview with Rejina Pyo in Korea JoongAng Daily

by Philip Gowman 22 January 2018
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There’s a nice feature on London-based designer Rejina Pyo in the Korea JoongAng Daily. Pyo’s work particularly caught our eye in the February 2014 London Fashion Week. Here’s a quote from the interview: I want to design clothes that my friends tell me are gorgeous, rather than the glamorous dresses that celebrities like to wear. […]

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Free music in the BM’s Korea Gallery

by Events Editor 18 January 2018
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Hyelim Kim (daegum) and Jieun Jung (gayageum) will be giving a free recital in the British Museum tomorrow. Free admnission. Korea Foundation Gallery (Room 67) at the British Museum 18:00–19:00, 19 January 2018 Keywords: Musicians: Jung Ji-eun | Kim Hyelim Organisations and venues: British Museum

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