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The 2021 K-music showcase

Usually at this time of year we have the pleasure of several Korean bands coming to England for festivals such as Brighton’s Great Escape and Liverpool’s Sound City, and often we get to see the bands as they pass through London. No such luck this year, but instead we have an online showcase over the […]

2021 K-Pop Lyrics and Album Art Contest

A chance for any UK-based K-Pop fan, songwriter, artist or any Korean culture enthusiast to showcase their creative talent and kick-start or advance their careers. The winner of the K-Pop Contest will debut as a lyricist or album art designer, with an official credit on online music platforms. Full details on the KCC website, with […]

Cliff Richard in Seoul, 1969

OK, here goes… possibly LKL’s first ever Cliff Richard post. While searching for vintage Korean vinyl records sold in the UK on the Discogs record collectors website (they do crop up now and then, but if you’re a fan of Songolmae or Lee Mija, forget it: you’re too late!), I found this intriguing item – […]

New Opportunity in K-POP (feat. KAACHI case study)

An interesting session on how K-pop is finding roots in the UK: New Opportunity in K-POP (feat. KAACHI case study) Saturday 13 March 2021 12:00 GMT Register via EventBrite: weblink will be sent on registration. How K-pop became a global phenomenon With Hallyu, the Korean wave, K-pop has been growing in prominence to become a […]

A review of the Korean cultural year 2020

It would be an understatement to say that the cultural year 2020 has been markedly different from previous years. The pandemic has had a huge impact on the cultural scene, with most live events cancelled and event promoters falling back on the internet to provide us with our cultural fixes. Some of these attempts have […]

Open Call: K-Pop together! With Lunasolar

As part of A Festival of Korean Dance 2020 – Online Edition the KCCUK in partnership with The Place are launching an open call for young dancers and youth dance companies aged 12-19 in the UK and South Korea to learn K-pop dance moves with some of the industry’s top dancers and choreographers. K Pop […]

K-music 2020 online: Dongyang Gozupa + Dal:um

The second online concert of K-music 2020 introduces some new acts that we haven’t seen before. Let’s hope they get to come over in person next year. K-Music New Talent I + II: Dongyang Gozupa + Dal:um Monday 2 November, 7pm Watch at www.youtube.com/thekccuk or www.youtube.com/seriousmusiclive Dongyang Gozupa In a hard-hitting combination of progressive, post-rock […]

K-music 2020 online: Jambinai

The first online concert of K-music 2020 features one of the most popular acts from previous years. K-Music Greats I: Jambinai Saturday 31 October, 5pm Watch at www.youtube.com/thekccuk or www.youtube.com/seriousmusiclive Jambinai present traditional Korean music in a new and innovative way, with their ground-breaking post-rock sound that combines folk, metal, jazz and ambient electronic elements […]

Hallyu Con 2020: an online celebration of Korean pop culture

Hot on the heels of KBCE’s Chuseok-themed online event in September comes KCCUK’s hallyu-focused online festival. Hallyu Con 2020 Sunday 4 October 2020, 3pm Livestreamed on the KCCUK YouTube Channel Free Calling all UK and Europe-based Korean culture enthusiasts! Are you keen to join the ultimate celebration of Korean pop culture? This one-day online event, […]

BTS: Break The Silence movie theatrical release

Relive the Wembley experience from last year with this behind-the-scenes documentary from BTS’s Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour. Break The Silence: Persona Limited theatrical release from Thursday 10 September 2020 Visit www.breakthesilencethemovie.com for showtimes and to book tickets BTS WORLD TOUR ‘LOVE YOURSELF: SPEAK YOURSELF’ is over. The worldwide stadium tour topped the Billboard […]

Bang Bang Con: The Live

What is likely to be the biggest global livestreamed event of the Covid lockdown kicks off at 10am BST on Sunday 14 June. Runtime is expected to be 90 minutes. The concert will be streaming on Weverse. The event will provide some consolation for BTS’s UK fans who were looking forward to their appearance at […]

KJOU: the new UK hallyu mag

Over on the KCC Facebook page they recently posted about a new hallyu magazine: KJOU. I visited the magazine’s website today and ordered myself a copy of their first issue. If you’re interested, there are a few copies left, but as the second issue is imminent don’t hesitate because they’ll be gone soon. Of course, […]