London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Documentary screening: Factory Complex

Drawing parallels across several decades, Factory Complex engages with the struggles and suffering of women workers in various industries across Korea and beyond. Beginning with Korean textile workers in the 1960s before taking us inside the textile industry in Cambodia today, the film confronts audiences, drawing on archival footage and testimonies of those who were present in … [Read More]

Documentary screening: With or Without You

With or Without You follows the lives of Magg-i and Chun-hee, both widows of the same man. After their husband has passed, the two elderly women continue to share the same house and a tender relationship blessed by moments of wit and humour. The debut documentary of Park Hyuck-jee, shot intermittently over several years, depicts the … [Read More]

Documentary screening: Soup and Ideology

After suffering an aneurysm, Yang Yonghi’s mother starts revealing tragic memories of her fleeing Korea during the Jeju incident in 1948. The Japanese-born filmmaker begins to piece together her present and her mother’s past, whom she visits in Osaka every month with her Japanese fiancé. They bond through cooking and tradition, despite their ideological differences … [Read More]

Documentary screening: Daniel Kim’s Halmoni

Jo Ok Sim, the Halmoni of the title, reflects on her life as she tends the flowers in her nursery farm at the southernmost tip of Argentina, Ushuaia. Arriving here in 1974 with her schoolteacher husband, he noticed that nobody grew lettuce, and persuaded the government to give him some land so he could try. … [Read More]

Barnet K-pop Festival

Main Stage line-up (more to be announced) Rocking Doll – Live PA (South Korea) Oraceon Dance Crew – Dance Troupe (United Kingdom) WOO – Live PA (United Kingdom) DJ DrG – DJ Set (United Kingdom) Arena 1 – Hosted by Bubblepop Brunch Kaachi – Live PA (United Kingdom) Santo – DJ / Live PA (United … [Read More]

Tiger is Coming: Dolpagu

South Korea’s award-winning theatre company Dolpagu presents the UK Premiere of XXL Leotard and Anna Sui Hand Mirror, a groundbreaking theatre production exploring gender and social class across generations.  Junho must keep his secret – he likes to wear women’s leotards. Wearing them stops him stressing about his upcoming college entrance exam. Hee-joo finds out his secret and posts a photo … [Read More]

Tiger is Coming: Tacit Group

Critically acclaimed audiovisual performance ensemble Tacit Group present tacit.perform[0] – a performance using a mix of mathematical coding and computer programming to compose a unique and riveting contemporary music experience live each night. Tacit Group have been discovering the artistic possibilities of technology since 2008 establishing themselves as pioneers of algorithmic art. Their immersive visual and sonic spectacle reveals … [Read More]

Tiger is Coming: Collective A

Visionary choreographer Jinyeob Cha and her Seoul-based creative group, Collective A, presents the UK Premiere of Body-Go-Round: round 1 – a genre-bending, mixed reality, dance spectacle inspired by the process of melting to evaporation in the water cycle. Looming above the stage, a giant ice formation slowly melts as performers respond to the process of … [Read More]

Tiger is Coming: Ambiguous Dance Company

International dance sensation Ambiguous Dance Company present the incredible Body Concert, in their UK premiere. Their pioneering hologram appearance at the BRIT awards amassed over 300 million views online, but now Ambiguous are here live breaking down barriers of genre and all preconceptions, to present a fresh, exciting and electric evening of dance work. Structured like a concert, … [Read More]

Tiger is Coming: Kim Modeun

Kim Modeun presents a special screening of the film MODEUN TOUR: The Path of The Body, featuring six vignettes Stone, Water, Wind, Sea, Stratum and Alley. These six dance films focus on the space and nature of Jeju Island, the southernmost area of Korean Peninsula, through human bodies, their relationship to nature and the boundaries … [Read More]

Tiger is Coming: Leenalchi

South Korean music icons LEENALCHI have captivated audiences around the globe with their hypnotic performances and offbeat energy. Their combination of K-pop and musical storytelling has garnered millions of views online, but now, for the first time ever, they arrive in the UK to perform live. Expect an electric fusion of rapping, dance, heart-stopping vocal … [Read More]

July events

After a flurry of activity in June, things are a bit quieter for July. But make sure you start planning your diary for later in the year, particularly the Tiger is Coming festival at the Coronet Theatre in September. And of course the Fringe is back in Edinburgh for August. For me the highlights for … [Read More]

Joy Kim: Guerrilla, at Union Gallery

UNION Gallery is pleased to present Joy Kim’s Guerrilla solo exhibition. Kim takes us on a journey of his own personal narrative guiding us, the viewer, through his movements in daily life and travels. With an expressive multi-media and technique practice Kim’s work challenges the very traditional movements and techniques of institutional Modern and Contemporary … [Read More]