The boring stuff I’ve been working on during August

by Philip Gowman 27 August 2017
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It’s August. The office isn’t as busy as usual. My brain isn’t being used as much as it normally is, and it needs to find an outlet. So it’s the month when, if there are things that need doing to the design or coding of the website, I turn my mind to it. The last […]

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The Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust Prizewinner: Seung Ae Lee

by Events Editor 24 August 2017
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Notice of an exhibition showing the work of Seung Ae Lee as she comes to the end of her year as holder of the Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust Prize. The Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust Prizewinner: Seung Ae Lee 5 September – 9 September 2017 Marlborough Fine Art | 6 Albemarle Street | London W1S 4BY […]

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Final LKFF 2017 Teaser: The Villainess

by Events Editor 23 August 2017
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This final teaser screening for the 2017 London Korean Film Festival looks rather fun. And to add to the tease, on the same evening the programme for the main festival will be unveiled. See you there. The Villainess (악녀) London Korean Film Festival Teaser Screening + LKFF 2017 Programme Launch Director: Jung Byung-gil (정병길), 2017, […]

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Han Collection’s Korean Arts lecture series

by Events Editor 21 August 2017
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‘Korean Arts’ Lecture Series Han Collection presents the Autumn lecture series on Korean Arts. Han Collection | 33 Museum Street | Bloomsbury | London WC1A 1LH | www.hancollection.co.uk Contact hancollection.london@gmail.com for more information Join us for a very special lecture series this October, with lectures by Professor Youngsook Pak. These lectures will take you on […]

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One Day, Maybe: Hull City of Culture work inspired by Gwangju

by Events Editor 20 August 2017
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An intriguing project as part of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. “Deep within a hidden office complex in Hull city centre, a mysterious new Korean technology company is about to change the way we view the world.” One Day, Maybe Created by dreamthinkspeak | Commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Friday […]

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KCC’s August house concert features Seungbin Lee (piano)

by Events Editor 20 August 2017
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News of this month’s House Concert at the Korean Cultural Centre:. Interesting programme. KCC House Concert with Seungbin Lee (piano) Tuesday 22 August, 7 pm | Reception Hall, KCCUK Admission is free, but booking is required RSVP to info@kccuk.org.uk / 020 7004 2600 Programme Schumann Davidsbündlertänze Op.6 Piazzolla Tango Etudes no.2/no.3 Barber Solo Souvenirs, op […]

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Event news: KARD’s Wild Kard tour comes to London

by Events Editor 13 August 2017
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In the crazy world of K-pop, where you can have a “comeback” without ever having announced your retirement, you can, according to the below PR, also have an international tour before you officially “debut”. Now having had their debut, the new K-pop group K.A.R.D are already seasoned travelers and are coming to the University of […]

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Battleship Island gets a UK release

by Events Editor 9 August 2017
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Last summer it was Kim Seong-hun’s Tunnel that got a UK release even while the movie was still topping the Korean box office. This year the summer blockbuster Battleship Island, released in Korea on 27 July, gets some London screenings just two weeks later, from 11 August. The film raked in $27 million in box […]

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Event news: G-Dragon tour comes to London and Birmingham

by Events Editor 4 August 2017
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After the full group came to London in 2012, G-DRAGON returns on his own to play at the National Exhibition Centre and Wembley Arena. His agency, YG, comments “G-DRAGON has built quite a name for himself by participating in high profile fashion shows and events. However, now G-DRAGON’s fans in Europe will actually be able […]

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Event news: A lacquer masterclass at the V+A

by Events Editor 2 August 2017
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An opportunity to get behind the scenes of the V+A’s lacquer collection: Lustrous Surfaces: East Asian Lacquer Masterclass ART STUDIO 10:15 – 16:45 Sackler Centre for the Arts, Victoria and Albert Museum 8 November 2017 Join expert curators and conservators from the V&A on a unique exploration of the traditions and techniques of East Asian […]

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August events 2017

by Philip Gowman 1 August 2017
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The main focus is on Edinburgh this month, with twenty Korean acts performing at the Fringe throughout the month and Hwang Sok-yong appearing at the book festival on 16 August. In London: Exhibitions The KCC’s exhibition Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive lasts until 19 August; Through their eyes: depicting Korea and UK then […]

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Korean culture gets more mainstream (and what it means for LKL)

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2017
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A week or so ago Time Out, London’s leading event listings magazine, asked its readers to recommend their favourite Korean places in London and New Malden. I passed it on to the LKL Facebook Group without giving it much further thought, vaguely interested that the survey was in progress, interested also in the knowledgeable responses […]

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Fringe 2017: two early recommendations

by Philip Gowman 30 July 2017
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To help give a taste of the range of Korean talent at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the KCC hosted a showcase of four of the acts, at the Lilian Baylis Studio. Of these, the stand-out performances were Behind the Mirror and Black and White Tea Room — Counsellor. LKL went along to the event hoping […]

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6th LKFF 2017 Teaser: Jang Hoon’s Taxi Driver

by Events Editor 23 July 2017
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How did we manage to squeeze in six teasers this year? Anyway, the latest is possibly one of the most anticipated Korean movies of the year so far. Here’s hoping it lives up to expectation. Taxi Driver (택시 운전사) Director: Jang Hoon, 2017, 137mins Cast: Song Kang-ho, Thomas Kretschmann, Yoo Hai-jin, Ryu Jun-yeol UK Premiere […]

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K-music 2017 – an introduction to this year’s programme

by Philip Gowman 22 July 2017
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This year’s K-music festival is the biggest yet, with nine concerts lined up for the series, and with only one act which could be described as from the mainstream indie world, the programme promises to be the most interesting yet. As is fitting in the year of UK-Korea cultural collaboration, many of the concerts this […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Park Jiha, 25 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Park Jiha’s appearance in the Purcell Room at K-music 2015 was something rather special (LKL review here), and her album Communion was one of our favourites of 2016 and shortlisted for the 2017 Korean Music Awards in two categories. A great way to round off K-music 2017. Jiha Park: Communion Wednesday 25 October 2017, 8pm […]

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Event news: K-music 2017 — Kingston Rudieska, 23 Oct

by Events Editor 21 July 2017
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Kingston Rudieska bring the Caribbean summer to Autumn in London: Kingston Rudieska Monday 23 October 2017, 8:30pm Borderline | Orange Yard | Manette St | Soho | London W1D 4JB Book tickets Seoul may not be first city you think of when you say “Ska!”, but there is a fanatical ska and reggae movement there, […]

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