2019 Quiz on Korea – apply by 25 May

Your Korean needs to be seriously good, as does your general knowledge on Korea, to take on the international finalists. Take a look at last year’s televised final in Korea. Still, you get to meet Lee Teuk. If you think you’re good enough, or if you just want a bit of fun in the UK […]

Korean bands at The Great Escape 2019

Brighton’s The Great Escape has now announced the detailed schedule for the 2019 Festival, and if you want to catch four Korean bands at once your best bet is Patterns Upstairs during the day on Saturday 11 May. But there are other appearances too. Here are the details of the four Korean and one UK/ROK […]

A Festival of Korean Dance 2019

Here is the official press release for the 2019 Festival of Korean Dance, a collaboration between the Korea Arts Managements Service, the Korean Cultural Centre UK and The Place. Three performances: 31 May: Modern Table Dance Company – Sok-do (Velocity) 4 June: Double Bill – Art Project BORA 7 June: Triple Bill: Choi X Kang […]

2019 K-Music showcase @Rich Mix

The KCC brings us the annual K-music showcase, bringing together some of the bands who have come to the UK for the May festivals. 2019 K-Music showcase Tuesday 7 May, 7.30pm Rich Mix | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | London E1 6LA | richmix.org.uk £9.50 | Buy tickets Discover Korea’s urban music live in London. […]

Y Dance at Resolution 2019 – a video of the full performance

For those who were unable to attend the triple bill at The Place in January as part of Resolution 2019, Y Dance have posted a full length video of their moving and slightly unsettling performance, which you can view below. “넋(NEOK): SOUL” is about suffering the mental anguish caused by society, family and even themselves. […]

President Moon’s 2019 New Year Message

President Moon’s New Year Message for this year was delivered by video hologram. The below is an unofficial transcript: My fellow Koreans, I wish you a happy New Year and good health. Are you surprised? Reflecting my wish to meet each and every one of you personally, I’m sending greetings as a hologram this year. […]

The Top 5 Gothic KPOP Music Videos

Dr Colette Balmain applies her specialism in Gothic Cinema to the world of KPOP – perfect for the Halloween season… ‘Gothic forces its readers, viewers, and listeners to identify the ghosts that haunt them…’ (Isabella van Elferan, 2012, Gothic Music, p. 15). 1. SHINee “Married to the Music” (2015) “Married to the Music” doesn’t sound […]

K-music 2018: SsingSsing, 2 October @Purcell Room

The 2018 K-Music festival opens with Lee Heemoon’s amazing glam-fusion band SsingSsing at the South Bank: SsingSsing Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX Tuesday 2 October 2018, 7:45pm Buy tickets SsingSsing have been making waves across the globe, bringing glam rock and funk elements together with a charismatic theatrical twist that takes inspiration from […]

K-music showcase at Rich Mix

A nice lineup of bands including a long-standing LKL favourite, 3rd Line Butterfly. Don’t miss it. 3rd Line Butterfly (3호선 버터플라이) | Gonne Choi (최고은) | Billy Carter (빌리카터) Thursday May 10th at 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm) Rich Mix – 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA Tickets £9 to £10 are on sale now from: […]

Say Sue Me “Busan Calling” tour in UK

Say Sue Me return to the UK for a week-long tour in April, and will be back again for the Great Escape in May. Say Sue Me “Busan Calling” Tour dates in Glasgow (17th) Leeds (18th) London (19th) Coventry (20th) Chester (21st) Cardiff (22nd) Leicester (23rd) and Colchester (24th) Full details on the Say Sue […]

Lee Ufan’s Relatum – Stage, by the Serpentine

“It is our dream come true to work with Lee Ufan in London” enthused Hans Ulrich Obrist at the KCCUK talk which marked the installation of Lee’s Relatum – Stage outside the Serpentine Gallery on 6 February. After Lee’s hugely high-profile project at Versailles in 2014, with such a dramatic backdrop, the siting in a […]

Neverland: Holland’s ground-breaking K-pop debut in context

Dr Colette Balmain discusses the controversial debut MV from Korea’s “first openly gay” KPOP idol. “Never lose self-esteem and be confident” (Holland, 2018) On 22st January 2018, at exactly midnight KST, Holland released his debut single and MV “Neverland”.  Since its release, “Neverland” has racked up over 6 million views on YouTube and Holland has […]