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Park Jiha brought the 2017 K-music festival to a close at King’s Place on 25 October with a mellow set of pieces taken from her album Communion which was deservedly shortlisted for the 2016 Korea Music Awards in both the Best Crossover Album and Best Jazz & Crossover Performance categories. Park is a versatile player, […]

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Exhibition visit: Oh Man-chul ceramic paintings, at Han Collection

by Philip Gowman 15 October 2017
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I was sorry to have missed the opening of the current exhibition by Oh Man-chul at Han Collection. I made up for it by spending some time at the gallery a couple of days later. Park Jinsu kindly provided a photo of Master Oh’s opening performance, a painting on a 2 metre square canvas executed […]

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Kingston Korean Festival 2017: the photos

by Philip Gowman 14 October 2017
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Here is a collection of photos from the Korean Festival held in Kingston’s ancient market place on Saturday 16 September 2017. 16,706 people attended the festival and 526 people enjoyed the audience participation programmes on the day! LKL, unfortunately, wasn’t one of them, and these photos are taken with permission from the organisers’ Facebook page […]

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Gig review: Heemoon Lee + Prelude

by Philip Gowman 9 October 2017
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Last Sunday night we had the choice between two Korean performers, both known for their unusual dress sense and unique stage presence and more importantly both leaders in their respective fields. With one, the price tag was upwards of £60, for which you had to queue up at a large North London venue, submit to […]

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Kim Juree’s work at the V+A is melting …

by Philip Gowman 22 September 2017
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An integral and intended feature of Kim Juree’s work is that it self-destructs. As I said a couple of months ago when first reporting on the V+A’s Contemporary Korean Ceramics exhibition: “Kim makes models of 1980s-1990s houses being demolished in her naighbourhood. The houses are characterised by a unique combination of western and Korean architectural […]

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Factory Girls by Yangson Project tours London, Midlands and South

by Events Editor 22 September 2017
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The performing arts programme of Korea/UK 2017-18 year of cultural exchange brings a new production to the UK, in collaboration with Farnham Maltings. The production hits London on 13 October, but is touring the Midlands and South of England before then. Factory Girls 8pm, 13 October 2017 Jacksons Lane | 269a Archway Road | London […]

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London East Asia Film Festival 2017: full programme details

by Events Editor 13 September 2017
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Yesterday the London East Asia Film Festival released details of the films it would be showing at its 2017 iteration. Plenty of Korean interest, as you might expect, with a focus on the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (last year, if you remember, they had a Jeonju spotlight). The opening gala screening, Hwang Dong-hyuk’s The […]

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Reports from the London Korean Festival 2017

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2017
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LKL didn’t make it to this year’s London Korean Festival at Olympia. Saturdays are precious, and I needed to spend this particular Saturday at the KCC doing background research on the current exhibition and upcoming film series which hopefully will inform my write-ups. In-depth reports of the Festival are now available on a couple of […]

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Exhibition visit: Contemporary Korean Ceramics at the V+A

by Philip Gowman 26 June 2017
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This year-long exhibition as part of the Korea/UK 2017-18 cultural collaboration brings together a range of approaches and responses to Korean ceramics. From work that is purely functional to work that is purely decorative, via work that seeks to critique contemporary Korean society, the unifying element is the quality of the craftsmanship and execution. Yoon […]

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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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Korea focus in Greenwich & Docklands International Festival

by Events Editor 15 June 2017
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One of the first performance arts projects of Korea/UK 2017-2018 is a focus on Korean performers at this month’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival – “London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual 9/10-day celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people’s lives.” Three acts perform in the Greenwich […]

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Exhibition visit: Haenyeo, Women of the Sea, at National Maritime Museum

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2017
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The National Maritime Museum, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich, played host to an exhibition featuring South Korea’s latest inclusion in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Life-size photographs of Jeju’s famous diving women were dotted around a building which began life in 1807 as a school for the children of British seafarers. […]

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Young In Hong’s 5100: Pentagon

by Philip Gowman 10 June 2017
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Here are a few photos and a video from the two performances of Young In Hong’s work 5100: Pentagon on 4 June 2017 in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly. The performers were all volunteers, of whom fewer turned up than expected because of the terrorist incident in the London bridge […]

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Event news: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Virtuoso

by Events Editor 28 May 2017
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The second in this year’s Korean Sounds series promises to be a very satisfying one: Korean Sounds – East Meet West: Virtuoso with members of the National Gugak Center and Sunwook Kim Wednesday 21 June, 7.30pm Kings Place, Hall One, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG. Tickets from £9.50 online | Kings Place/Korean Sounds Kim […]

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Event news: Nah Youn Sun at Ronnie Scotts

by Events Editor 24 May 2017
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A live performance from Youn Sun Nah is always a very special event. For her past couple of performances in London she has been with virtuoso guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who used to play with the Oscar Peterson Quartet. This time, she has a four-piece band, performing tracks from her album that was released this month, […]

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Sewol victims remembered at the Ansan Street Arts Festival

by Philip Gowman 5 May 2017
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Ansan, Gyeonggi-do, 5 May 2017, 6:30pm. It is said that at the height of his efforts to build the Republic of Korea into an economic powerhouse, Park Chung-hee happened to be flying in a helicopter over western Gyeonggi-do. He looked out and saw what he considered to be a lot of under-utilised real estate, and decided […]

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Event news: Jambinai Re:Connection Tour

by Events Editor 17 April 2017
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It’s good to have Jambinai back in the UK for a tour. Their gigs are always a highlight in the calendar. Text below is from Bristol’s Colston Hall website. Jambinai Re:Connection Tour Sun 23 Apr 2017, 7pm: Bristol | The Lantern | Colston Hall | Book tickets Tue 25 Apr 2017, 7pm: Glasgow | O2 […]

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