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The film festival season is upon us, and this requires some serious diary planning. Fortunately the BFI London Film Festival remains serenely distant from the ignominious tangle caused by the collision of LEAFF and LKFF. With four titles scheduled earlier in the month, including the movie that I’ve been most looking forward to all year […]

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BBC Korea goes live

by Philip Gowman 26 September 2017
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The BBC Korean language service started broadcasting today (Korea time / 4:30pm UK time yesterday). According to the press release, BBC News Korean features a daily 30-minute radio news programme broadcast at 15.30 GMT on Shortwave (SW) and 16.30 GMT Medium wave (MW). The service will also feature a digital offer with written stories, videos […]

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RUSI report launch: Preparing for a Second Korean War

by Events Editor 23 September 2017
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Here’s a cheery event coming up next week, chaired by William Hague at the Royal United Services Institute. The event is fully subscribed but you can be put on a waiting list via the RUSI event page. Preparing for a Second Korean War: RUSI Whitehall Report Launch 28 September 2017, 16:30 RUSI Whitehall | London […]

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A focus on Korean Jewellery at the V+A

by Events Editor 12 September 2017
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The Victoria and Albert Museum has been collaborating with the Korea Craft and Design Foundation on a project where a group of eight Korean jewellery practitioners will come to the V&A for a two-week workshop during the London Design Festival from the 18 to 29 September. We get the opportunity to meet those designers at […]

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LoKo’s 6th Anniversary – the vlog

by Philip Gowman 4 September 2017
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Congratulations to the London KPop Dance Workshop on their 6th birthday. They started Sept 5th 2011, hosting monthly workshops. Here’s the vlog of their most recent session. Links: LoKo YouTube Channel | Facebook page | on Twitter

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A good list of restaurants in Seoul

by Philip Gowman 2 September 2017
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It’s so rare to find a list of recommended restaurants in Seoul that focuses on Korean food as opposed to French and other cuisine, and which includes honest, salt-of-the-earth type places as well as the fancy ones with Michelin stars. So I don’t want to lose this particular link, which includes two very humble places […]

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Joo Yeon Sir in Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man

by Events Editor 31 August 2017
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News of Joo Yeon Sir’s September appearance at the Royal Festival Hall: Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man 29 Sep 2017, 7:30 pm Approximate run time: 150 mins Royal Festival Hall Tickets: £16.50 – £50 Booking fee: £2.50 Book tickets See Sir Karl Jenkins conduct a superb concert of his own compositions. Part of RGL Great […]

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Ambassador Cho posted to Washington

by Philip Gowman 30 August 2017
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Cho Yoon-je, who was Seoul’s ambassador to London when LKL came online in 2006, has been posted to Washington. After leaving London, Ambassador Cho took up an academic post at Sogang University. Meanwhile, Victor Cha, author of among other things The Impossible State fills the post of US ambassador to Seoul. Source: Korea JoongAng Daily

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Concert news: Sonics — Taegum and Electronic Music

by Events Editor 25 August 2017
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News of a recital by Hyelim Kim at St Ethelburga’s in Bishopsgate tomorrow night. All I have to go on is the poster, which I came across on Facebook. There doesn’t seem to be anything on the St Ethelburga’s website. So, according to the poster, Hyelim Kim will be giving a recital entitled Sonics: Taegum […]

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Event news: Yeon Lee — Running Stage, at Coldharbour Studios

by Events Editor 18 August 2017
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There is a screening, book release and artist talk today featuring Yeon Lee’s Running Stage: Yeon Lee: Running Stage 7pm, Friday 18 August 2017 Coldharbour Studios | 26-34 Southwell Road | London SE5 9PG Curated by Eunice Yoo of I-MYU Projects. While collecting and repeating countless stories about memories, I wanted to experience the dynamics […]

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Kim Jong-nam assassination examined in BBC documentary

by Philip Gowman 13 August 2017
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Tonight’s documentary on the assassination of Kim Jong-nam is well worth a watch. In its 59 minutes there was hardly any padding and I didn’t notice any of the usual platitudes. It was full of content, and while I would have liked a bit more time on the China angle, that would have pushed it […]

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Event news: Kim Kyung-ju poetry tour

by Events Editor 2 August 2017
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Kim Kyung Ju will be visiting the UK this month with his translator, Jake Levine, to take part in the events below. Kim’s first work to be published in English is I am a Season That Does Not Exist in This World, published by Black Ocean last year. His two plays and another poetry collection […]

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Korean culture gets more mainstream (and what it means for LKL)

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2017
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A week or so ago Time Out, London’s leading event listings magazine, asked its readers to recommend their favourite Korean places in London and New Malden. I passed it on to the LKL Facebook Group without giving it much further thought, vaguely interested that the survey was in progress, interested also in the knowledgeable responses […]

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Event news: Connect North Korea’s 1st monthly meet-up

by Events Editor 22 July 2017
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As trailed at a meeting in New Malden back in April, a monthly series of informal meet-ups giving opportunities to help North Korean refugees with their English language skills. Register via Eventbrite for the first meet-up. Official Launch: Connect: North Korea’s 1st Monthly Meet-Up Sat 29 July 2017, 10:30 – 13:00 Richmond Park (exact venue […]

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Korea – The Antifragile Kingdom

by Matthew Jackson 10 July 2017
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Editor’s note: every now and then Matthew Jackson submits a cracking article from out of nowhere. Here’s one such article which, if I may paraphrase, wonders whether maybe han is healthy. I hope it’s not too long before the next one! The author and philosopher Nicholas Nassim Taleb (of ‘Black Swan’ fame) developed a concept […]

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Event news: Adam Cathcart talks on Soviet art’s impact on DPRK

by Events Editor 22 June 2017
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As part of a party celebrating the launch of the summer edition of Index on Censorship – the Russian Revolution edition – Adam Cathcart, founder of Sino-NK.com and lecturer in Chinese history at Leeds University will be giving a talk on the impact of Soviet art on North Korean art and culture. We are also […]

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Hurricane Kimchi appears on BBC World News

by Philip Gowman 17 June 2017
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Heezy Yang, the South Korean artist, performer and activist, is also known for his fabulous alter-ego, the drag queen Hurricane Kimchi. Currently in London for the Queer Asia conference at SOAS where he is performing alongside Chinese feminist and LGBTQ activist Whiskey Chow, he appeared on BBC World News yesterday: Yang has illustrated several LGBT […]

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