London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Traditional Korean Music Workshop series

The Korean Cultural Centre UK has announced a new Korean cultural course for spring/summer 2021. Musician and researcher Dr. Hyelim Kim will introduce various aspects of traditional Korean Music. This series of monthly talks will give you a chance to explore and gain an in-depth knowledge of traditional Korean music. Traditional Korean Music Workshop series … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

A Festival of Korean Dance: Celebrate Youth Dance

The collaboration between the KCCUK and The Place following last year’s online Festival of Korea Dance comes to fruition with the release of three short dance films with a limited online screening window. We assume the timings embedded in the images below should read BST and not GMT. A Festival of Korean Dance: Celebrate Youth … [Read More]

KCC March House Concert: Sungbin Cho (guitar)

This month’s House Concert at the KCC is classical guitar recital – a nice programme. Sungbin Cho – Classical guitar Thursday 25 March 2021, 7pm Venue: KCCUK YouTube Channel Programme Federico Moreno Torroba (1891-1983) Sonatina in A Major I. Allegretto II. Andante III. Allegro Federico Moreno Torroba’s Sonatina in A major is a staple in … [Read More]

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 – … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

KCC February House Concert: Mabelle Young-Eun Park, Ellen Baumring-Gledhill, Dafydd Chapman

The KCC’s series of house concerts resumes this month – initially online. Mabelle Young-Eun Park, Ellen Baumring-Gledhill, Dafydd Chapman Thursday 25 February 2021, 7pm on KCC YouTube Channel Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op. 49 I. Molto allegro ed agitato II. Andante con moto tranquillo III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace IV. … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

Julie Park wins Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award

Belated congratulations to London based violist Julie Park for winning the prestigious Arts Club Sir Karl Jenkins Award in October. She follows violinists Songha Choi, who won second prize in 2019, and Joo Yeon Sir who won the prize in 2014. Julie Park performs tomorrow in Korean Cultural Centre UK’s ‘Home Theatre’ season of online … [Read More]

Shin Seung-tae’s new Trot persona

When Lee Hee Moon announced the disbandment of his glam rock minyo outfit Ssing Ssing last year, I forewent gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, prophesying instead that an abundance of interesting projects must surely follow. And Lo, it did come to pass. Female vocalist Chu Da-hye started her band, Chudahye and The Chagis … [Read More]

K-music 2020 online: Heemoon Lee + Prelude + NomNom

Heemoon Lee’s gig with Prelude and NomNom at K-music 2017 (pictured below) was LKL’s live performance of the year, and it’s a strong contender for most fun gig of the whole K-music series so far. So it deserves its place in this K-music Greats strand, the final online concert of the festival. K-Music Greats III: … [Read More]

K-music 2020 online: Leenalchi

The final online concert in the Critics’ Choice strand brings us a band who’ve really exploded onto the scene this year. Critics’ Choice III: Leenalchi Thursday 12 November, 7pm Watch at www.youtube.com/thekccuk or www.youtube.com/seriousmusiclive Leenalchi are currently enjoying viral success with the video ‘Feel the Rhythm of Korea’, in collaboration with the Ambiguous Dance Company … [Read More]