UK Korean Events of the Week: 25th February – 3rd March

One of the most notable events happening this week is definitely the release of perhaps Korea’s most famous and most celebrated director, Park Chan-wook’s English-language film debut Stoker which sees its UK release nationwide on Friday. The film is a psychological thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska and received positive reviews after it’s screenings on the festival circuit, including the internationally renowned Sundance festival. So if you are looking for a good film to see at the cinema this weekend, this film could be the one. Aside from ‘Stoker’, there are some interesting events happening this week including a new exhibition opening, another free film screening from the KCC and another Korean food workshop in York.


It’s the final week for this exhibition at HADA Contemporary. With the theme of  ‘the bittersweet nostalgic visual narration on their imaginative reinterpretation and critique on our lives within the contemporary culture and society, it showcases a diverse range of work, both sculpture and painting, from 3 different Korean artists. Kim Hyunjun’s sculptures seem to give a very interesting critique on modern life while Kim Younghun uses abstract paintings to explores and questions the interconnectedness of modern technology while Han Jisoc’s abstract works attempt to symbolise the disconnect we have from the world around us.

Until 3rd March / Opening times 11am-6pm / HADA Contemporary 21 Vyner street London E2 9DG / Click here for details.

Inspired by Nature, the Traditional Cosmetics of Korea @ KCCUK

It’s the second week of the Korean Cultural Centre’s exhibition of traditional cosmetics of Korea throughout the ages. The artifacts on display are all on loan from the Coreana Cosmetics Museum which houses over 5000 different objects related to traditional Korean cosmetic culture and range in era from the Three Kingdoms period to the 20th century.If you want a more hands on experience, you can take part about how to make traditional natural cosmetics through public workshop. It looks like a really interesting exhibition and it runs on until the start of April so there is plenty of time to catch it before it closes. For more details on the exhibition, make sure to check out this article over at London Korean Links.

19th February-6th April / Opening times Mon-Fri 11am-5pm Sat 11am-5pm / KCCUK 1 – 3 Strand London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details.

Bae Chan-hyo: Punishment Project @ Purdy Hicks Gallery

This week sees the opening of an exhibition of works by photographer Chan-Hyo Bae at the Purdy Hicks gallery. The works on display follow on from his two previous exhibitions ‘Existing in Costume’ and ‘Fairy Tales’ and explore the ideas of power and punishment through Bae’s intricate depiction of himself as a series of famous power holders from throughout history. For more information, on this fascinating exhibition head over to London Korean Links for more information on the exhibition and the artist.

27th February-23rd March / Opening times Mon–Fri 10am – 6pm Sat 11am – 6pm / Purdy Hicks Gallery 65 Hopton Street Bankside London SE1 9GZ / Click here for details.

KCC Film Night: Sa-Kwa @ KCCUK.

The ‘Year of Four Actors’ continues over at the KCC with screening of another film starring the first actor to be spotlighted, Moon So-ri. ‘Sa-kwa’ (Korean word meaning both ‘apple’ and ‘apology’) is a 2005 (though it wasn’t actually released in Korea until 2008) film which follows lead character, Hyeon-jeong as she struggles with her feelings and perceptions of love after her boyfriend of seven years leaves her and another man enters her life who she decides to marry until her old boyfriend decides to reenter her life.

28th February 7pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand ,London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to book.

Classic Korean Cusine: Bulgogi, Rice and Tofu-Broccoli salad (Hands-on Workshop) @ York Cookery School

Jin Kim, who we recently interviewed, runs regular classes in York for those interested in learning how to cook Korean cuisine. In this week’s class Jin will be showing her class how to cook the classic meat dish, bulgogi along with the essential accompaniment, perfect Korean-style sticky rice (which can be much more difficult that it sounds!) and a simple broccoli and tofu accompaniment. By the end of the class every student with have a full Korean meal to eat as well as some leftovers for taking home, sounds good to me!

3rd March 10am-2pm / Admission: £60 / York Cookery School, York Eco Business Centre, YO30 4AG / Click here for details and to book.


To find out more about events happening in the UK, make sure to check out our UK Korean events calendar. If you are organising an event or know of one that we have missed out, please let us know through our contact page.

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