Korean Events of the Week: 28th January – 3rd February
We are launching a weekly round-up of all the Korea-related events coming up in the week ahead. We hope this will help you keep up-to-date with what is going on so that you don’t miss anything of interest to you. It’s a busy week, this week, with a diverse range of events taking place. Sadly for those of us outside London nearly all the events are taking place in the capital but watch this space as there are many more events coming up in the next few weeks around the rest of the UK. So without further ado let’s have a look at what’s going on.
Lee Jinhan – I Eat I Vomit @ HADA Contemporary
We see two exhibitions by Korean artists coming to an end this week. The first of these is Lee Jinhan’s I Eat I Vomit at the HADA Contemporary gallery in Marlyebone. I Eat I Vomit is a playful exhibition of work which plays with perspective as it refuses to conform with using either abstract and figurative representations of its subject matter but instead uses a combination of both. Lee also incorporates elements of Korean pop culture into her work as can be seen from the titles of two of her works ‘Electric Shock’ and ‘NUABO’, both titles of songs from K-pop girl group f(x). If you haven’t yet had a chance to view this work, you had better hurry up as the exhibition ends this Thursday
30th & 31st January / Opening times 11am-6pm / HADA Contemporary 21 Vyner street London E2 9DG / Click here for details.
NOW X HERE @ Korean Cultural Centre UK
It’s the final week of the KCC’s NOW X HERE exhibition which has been running since mid-December which showcases the diverse range of work from 9 up-and-coming Korean artists: Heeseung Choi, Han Byul Kang, Daewoong Kim, Woo Jin Kim, Fay Shin, Kyung Hwa Shon, Beomsik Won, Jin Woo Yoo and Hyesoo You. The works were selected by a panel of judges based on the theme, ‘the understanding of visual language and originality of artistic development’ from portfolios of many artists. This is the final week to check out the work of these artists as the exhibition ends on Saturday.
Until 2nd February / Opening times Mon-Fri 11am-5pm Sat 11am-5pm / KCCUK 1 – 3 Strand London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details.
Soon Yul Kang – Spiritual Journey @ MOKSPACE
Spiritual Journey is an exhibition of Soon Yul Kang’s beautiful, intricate and calming tapestries. We went along to the opening of the exhibition last week and you can read more about it in our review.
23th January – 18th February 2013 / Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm / MOKSPACE 33 Museum Street London WC1A 1LH / Click here for details.
High Resolutions @ ATLAS Gallery
This exhibition, which is half way through its month-long run, features ‘Arirang’ the work of Jeremy Hunter who has captured extraordinary images of fifty thousand young North Koreans taking part in a somewhat disturbing yet beautiful display of North Korean propaganda in Pyongyang, the country’s capital. You have another couple of weeks left to see the exhibition if you are interested, it looks well worth the visit.
Until 16th February / Opening times Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Sat 10am-5pm / ATLAS Gallery 49 Dorset Street London / Click here for details.
Joyce Yang – Cambridge International Piano Series
This week acclaimed Korean pianist Joyce Yang who has played with many top orchestras in the US and was once described as ‘the most gifted young pianist of her generation’ will be making her UK debut as part of the Cambridge International Piano Series. She will be playing a diverse range of music including Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Gershwin.
30th January 7pm / Admission:£10 – £21 / West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP / Click here for details and to book.
KCCUK Korean Culture Forum: A Bridge to the Future
The KCC is hosting a forum as part of its 5th anniversary celebrations featuring 4 cultural experts discussing the present and future of Korean culture in the UK. Topics will include Hallyu in the UK, the future of Korean art, connecting UK and Korean performing arts and the KCC itself. It looks like it will be a very interesting evening and, to make it even better, it’s completely free (just remember to RSVP!)
30th January 5pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand ,London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details and to RSVP.
Korean-English Language Exchange Meetup: all levels
The long-established Korean Language Meetup group is having another of its regular meetups. This event welcomes Korean-speakers of all levels from complete beginners to native speakers and is a great way to meet fellow Korean speakers and people interested in Korean culture. To book a place and find out more visit their Meetup page.
31st January 7pm / Admission:£1 / Central London (Location only shown upon booking) / Click here for details and to book.
KCC Film Night: A Good Lawyer’s Wife @ KCCUK
The Korean Culture Centre continues it’s programme of free film screenings with a showing of Director Im Sang-Soo’s 2003 drama ‘A Good Lawyer’s Wife’. As part of the ‘Year of 4 Actors’, this is the film stars the first actor to be featured Moon So-ri in the central role as married dancer Eun Ho-jeong who after being relentlessly cheated on by her husband develops a close relationship with the teenage son of her next door neighbours. Make sure to book your seat in advance if you are interested.
31st January 7pm / KCCUK, 1 – 3 Strand ,London WC2N 5BW / Click here for details.
Kim Ji-woon’s ‘The Last Stand’ out on general release
If you live outside London and want to go and see a film from a Korean director, Kim Ji-woon’s American debut ‘The Last Stand’ came out on general release on Friday and can be seen at cinemas across the UK. It is an Action-Thriller which features Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville, as a former LAPD officer who has moved to a small town in Arizona for a chance at the quiet life after a botched operation in LA only to find himself battling an infamous drug lord looking to cross the border into Mexico. So if you like Arnie movies with lots of guns and explosions (what other kind are there?) this might be one for you.
In cinemas nationwide.
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.