Expos and Festivals

Yesterday a group of Korean musicians and performers entertained a group of British veterans from the Korean War in Kingston’s Guildhall. The event was organised by the Korean Veterans Association UK, a group of volunteers committed to the continuing remembrance of the sacrifice made by soldiers who came to the aid of the Republic of […]

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Eastbourne’s first Korean Festival takes place on 7 July

by Events Editor 24 June 2018
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This is the first Korean festival to be held in Eastbourne, after a number of its kind in London. The event is organised by Sun Hwa Griffiths, who has lived in East Sussex for over 25 years. Expect to see Korean Art performance, the Thames Philharmonia Orchestra with Choir and a Korean buffet. Korean dinner […]

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Event news: Korea Day in Sheffield

by Events Editor 4 March 2018
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A day of Korean culture in Sheffield: Korea Day in Sheffield Sunday 11 March 2018, 12-5pm The Octagon Centre | Clarkson Street | Sheffield S10 2TQ Tickets: £5 | Book via Sheffield Students’ Union The University of Sheffield Korea Society in collaboration with K-pop Dance Society are pleased to announce UoS’s first annual Korea Day! […]

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Event news: Korea Day in Nottingham

by Events Editor 4 March 2018
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A special evening of Korean culture in Nottingham: Korea Day in Nottingham Friday 9 March, 7:30 pm Lakeside Arts, Nottingham | Reserve tickets (link not working at time of posting) K-Pop Dance: The University of Nottingham Korean Society K-Pop Dance Group Traditional Korean Music and Dance : ‘The Shilla Ensemble’ Korea day in Nottingham is […]

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London Korean Festival 2006 – an introduction

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2017
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The London Korean Festival 2006 was the last of the festivals organised by Oh Tae-min and his team, which included Stephanie Seung-min Kim who would go on to be the first curator at the Korean Cultural Centre before moving into the art curatorial world on her own. Previously working from within the Korean Anglican Community […]

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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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Event news: London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea

by Events Editor 15 June 2017
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As part of KOREA/UK 2017-18, the London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea offers day-long family festival and then an evening K-Pop concert at Olympia on 8 July. London Korean Festival 2017 with Feel Korea Olympia London | Hammersmith Road | Kensington | London W14 8UX Saturday 8 July 2017, 11am – 10pm Both daytime […]

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2017 travel diary 9: 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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2017 travel diary 4: The Mungyeong tea bowl festival

by Philip Gowman 2 May 2017
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Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Tuesday 2 May 2017, 1:30pm. Mungyeong Saejae, the pass high in the hills above the town of Mungyeong, is the place where Gyeongsang province meets Chungcheong province, and the place where the Yeongnamdaero – the old road between Seoul and Busan – crosses the Baekdudaegan, Korea’s mountain backbone. On the Mungyeong side of […]

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2017 travel diary 3: Sancheong – two festivals in bright pink

by Philip Gowman 1 May 2017
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Donguibogam Village, Sancheong Country, Sunday 30th April, 5pm. Each time I visit Sancheong, something has changed. This time, on the edge of Donguibogam Village, Sancheong’s centre of traditional medicine culture, a comfortable hotel has been built – as far as I am aware, the first hotel (as opposed to pension) in the county. Very convenient […]

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Chuseok at the British Museum – 17 Sept

by Events Editor 28 August 2016
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A chance to catch up on the things you didn’t manage to fit in on Friday evening. This is the last of three special Chuseok sessions at the British Museum, and with so much going on you’ll need to plan carefully. Here’s LKL’s unofficial timetable to assist (click for a full-size version): Follow these links […]

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Chuseok at the British Museum – 16 Sept

by Events Editor 28 August 2016
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It’s going to be hard to choose between the various events on offer this Friday evening – the second of three special Chuseok days at the British Museum. The essential session is Kang Ik-joong’s talk about his installation on the Thames, at 7pm in the BP Lecture Theatre, but half an hour seems rather brief […]

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Chuseok at the British Museum – 15 Sept

by Events Editor 28 August 2016
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For those of you who don’t have a day job, or who can afford to take the day off, 15 September is shaping up nicely: a full programme of musical and educational events at the BM, and then you can head off to the KCC for Paul Quinn’s talk and a rather fun screening of […]

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Event news: Chuseok celebrations in Kingston

by Events Editor 28 August 2016
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There will be some Chuseok festivities on Saturday 17 September in Kingston marketplace, 12-4pm, organised by Korean British Cultural Exchange and supported by Kingston Council. It is said to be the first Korean street/outdoor festival to be held in Kingston town centre, and is certainly to be welcomed as an alternative focus to celebrate Koreanness there now the summer festival in […]

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Another way to make sure your Korea trip is very busy

by Philip Gowman 16 June 2016
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In planning my 2016 Korea trip I found two websites invaluable: firstly, the Cultural Heritage Administration site, which provides a wealth of information as to the various sites of interest throughout the country. I talk about this tool here. Secondly, there is the Korean Tourism Organisation website. This is an obvious place to look, but […]

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Review: Kingston Welcomes Korea performances at the Rose Theatre

by Philip Gowman 14 September 2015
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Kingston Welcomes Korea is hopefully the first of several annual events at which Kingston will seek to welcome various foreign communities in a festival that combines cultural and business interaction. Korea was the obvious first choice to be welcomed in this way, given that ethnic Koreans represent around 10% of the borough’s population, and also given […]

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Event report: the 2015 Trafalgar Square Korean Festival

by Philip Gowman 16 August 2015
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Trafalgar Square is one of London’s premier venues for free open-air events, and Korea is ideally situated to take advantage of the space to showcase its culture, given that the Cultural Centre is a stone’s throw away. The square had already hosted two Korean festivals in the summer of 2007 and 2008, presenting a mixture of […]

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