Kingston Welcomes Korea (2015)

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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Kingston Welcomes Korea – a festival of Korean music, performance, art and more

by Events Editor 5 July 2015
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There’s something for everyone in the upcoming celebration of Kingston’s Korean community. Congratulations to the organisers for assembling such a varied programme of events. Full details at www.kingstonwelcomeskorea.org. Kingston Welcomes Korea 30 July to 8 August 2015 www.kingstonwelcomeskorea.org No borough in Britain, royal or otherwise, has thrown a party to welcome friends from the other […]

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KWK exhibition: Korean traditional wedding and bridal room, 8-31 Aug

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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To complement the exhibition of contemporary Korean art showing as part of Kingston Welcomes Korea, here’s something more traditional: Korean traditional wedding and bridal room From August 8, 2015 until the end of August. Venue: Kingston Museum | Wheatfield Way | Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS A display of Korean Traditional Wedding and Bridal Room […]

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KWK Performance: YMAP – Alice in Wonderland, 7-8 Aug

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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YMAP’s version of Madame Freedom featured in the Edinburgh International Festival 2013, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they re-interpret Alice. YMAP: Alice in Wonderland Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, at 7.30 Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL running time 70mins Tickets from £10 […]

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KWK Talk: The Vengeful Ghost in Korean cinema, with Colette Balmain, 6 Aug

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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Colette Balmain has made Asian Horror cinema – with particular reference to Korea and Japan – something of her speciality, and so her talk as part of Kingston Welcomes Korea comes highly recommended. This is the second of two talks that focus on particular aspects of contemporary Korean culture, the first being Deborah Smith’s literary […]

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KWK exhibition: Rain Doesn’t Fall For Nothing, 4-14 Aug

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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A contemporary art exhibition as part of Kingston Welcomes Korea: Rain Doesn’t Fall For Nothing Participating Artists: HaYoung Kim, Sang Jin Kim, Sea Hyun Lee, Sejin Park, Meekyoung Shin Venue: The Creative Industries Centre, Kingston College, 55 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 5BP Admission FREE. Exhibition open: Tue 4 – Fri 14 August, […]

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KWK Performance: The Stem, the Bud, the Bloom and the Seed, 4-5 Aug

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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This is the KWK performance we’re looking forward to most of all. We’re big admirers of musician / composter / conductor Won Il from his work with Puri, Baramgot, and the National Orchestra of Korea, and our 2013 interview with him can be found here. He is coming over to Kingston two weeks early to […]

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KWK Talk: A Korean Literary Evening with Deborah Smith, 4 Aug

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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One of two discussions on aspects of contemporary Korean culture as part of Kingston Welcomes Korea – the other featuring Colette Balmain on the vengeful ghost in Korean movies. Deborah Smith’s translation credits include Han Kang’s The Vegetarian as well as Ahn Do-hyun’s fable mentioned below. The venue is New Malden Library – conveniently close […]

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KWK Performance: Ongals in Babbling Comedy, 1-2 Aug

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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These guys were hugely entertaining when they came to the Edinburgh Fringe (LKL review here), and they’ve also entertained us at the Thames Festival. They are also the first comedy act to have performed at the Seoul Arts Centre – so do support them when they come to the Rose Theatre Perfordian Factory: Ongals in […]

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KWK Performance: Brush, 1-2 Aug

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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This production won many friends when it showed in Edinburgh and London in the last couple of years, so it’s nice to welcome it back. Theatre Haddangse: Brush Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, at 2.30 (Rose Studio) Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL Running time 55 minutes […]

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KWK: Music at All Saints, 1- 8 Aug

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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As part of Kingston Welcomes Korea, a series of concerts at All Saints Church, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP. Itinerary Series directors: David Sutton Anderson and Avril Anderson Consultant and Presenter: Keith Howard This concert series will provide selected members of an outstanding generation of young Korean musicians with their first recital opportunities. […]

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KWK Performance: In Nam Soon, 30-31 July

by Events Editor 28 June 2015
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Kingston Welcomes Korea kicks off with an opening gala performance on 30 July: In Nam-soon and Company Thursday July 30 at 8pm, Friday July 31 at 7.30pm Rose Theatre | 24-26 High St | Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL Running time 90 mins Tickets are £10-50 Plus £1.60 transaction fee for Gala evening on 30th […]

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