PGH State Visit 2013

A quick run-down of President Park’s activities in the UK last week. Itinerary provided by Buckingham Palace. Photos from the Blue House and the KCC. Tuesday, 5 November, 2013 Morning The President of the Republic of Korea is met privately by The Duke of York on behalf of The Queen. The Duke accompanies Her Excellency […]

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The President’s City Banquet

by Philip Gowman 12 November 2013
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For the last night of her State Visit to the United Kingdom, President Park attended a banquet at the Guildhall in the City of London as a guest of the Lord Mayor – in one of his last official duties before passing on his responsibilities to the new Lord Mayor two days later. Over seven […]

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Expo visit: Hwang Jihae’s Hanging Garden of Billingsgate

by Philip Gowman 11 November 2013
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One of the most prominent exhibits at the Korea Brand and Entertainment Expo at Billingsgate was not a hologram of Psy or an animated cartoon character, but a garden that was a full 22 metres long, dominating the space behind the main stage’s seating area. In an event designed to demonstrate the range of Korean […]

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Expo visit: Crystallise and other media art at KBEE

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2013
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It was a shame that there were only two days to enjoy the product of the huge amount of investment – both financial and in terms of time and effort – that went into the creation of KBEE 2013 and its associated events. The basement of Billingsate is a perfect venue for video art: huge […]

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Expo visit: Korean design and cultural contents at KBEE

by Philip Gowman 9 November 2013
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The Korea Brand and Entertainment Expo which coincided with President Park’s State Visit showcased contemporary Korean media art, K-pop, Korea’s premier garden designer and more. Also featured were key Korean designers: Kim Young-se (김영세) of Innodesign, whose designs reference the sleek black parallel lines of the trigrams in South Korea’s national flag, or the elegant […]

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Expo visit: YG v CJ, and PSY everywhere, at Billingsate

by Philip Gowman 6 November 2013
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Day 1 of the Korea Branding and Entertainment Expo, coinciding with President Park’s State Visit, was very much business-focused, with fashion and contents buyers browsing the many stalls. Day 2 was given over to the visual arts and musical entertainments. Downstairs, in the spectacular vaulted basement, was a huge exhibition of video art, celebrating the […]

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Han Ki-chang to show at KBEE London

by Events Editor 3 November 2013
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At the Korea Brand and Entertainment Expo this week, alongside the group show – Crystallize – curated by Stephanie Seungmin Kim of Iskai Art, is a separate exhibition organised by the Korean Artist Project, who are participating in the Expo. The exhibition features work by Han Ki-Chang. According to Blouin Artinfo: Han … is characterized […]

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More details on Crystallize – at KBEE London

by Events Editor 29 October 2013
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ISKAI Contemporary Art has released more information about the exhibition at Old Billingsgate, as part of the Korea Brand and Entertainment Expo: Culture and technology unite Korean and UK artists at world’s largest Hallyu Expo • 4 – 6 November 2013 • Old Billingsgate Building, London, EC3R 6DX • Korean and UK artists collaborate through […]

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2013 Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo celebrates the best of contemporary Korea

by Events Editor 12 October 2013
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I’m struggling to keep up with the things which are being packed in to the three-day extravaganza at Old Billingsgate in the City, which accompanies the State Visit of President Park Geun-hye. KOTRA and KOCCA, with support from KIDP and ARKO, are working around the clock to bring a kaleidoscopic expo featuring some of the […]

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Crystallize: New Media Art Lab Korea & UK

by Events Editor 12 October 2013
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Sharing space with the Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo is an interesting media art show featuring British and Korean artists: Crystallize: New Media Art Lab Korea & UK Crystallize is a 3 day laboratory and exposition of international artists situated in the 1,000m² vault space that lies beneath the trade floor of the Korea Brand […]

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In the Duke of Gloucester’s diplomatic bag

by Philip Gowman 2 August 2013
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When the Duke of Gloucester visited Seoul for the 60th anniversary commemoration of the Korean War ceasefire, he took with him the below brief letter from the Queen to President Park: Links: Official Buckingham Palace press release confirming that the date of the state visit will be 5 – 7 November 2013 Keywords: Event tags: […]

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