As we approach the end of All Eyes on Korea, the 100-day festival of Korean culture coinciding with the Olympics, South Korea is putting on one final spurt of energy to honour the paralympians. At the Thames Festival this weekend the Korean Village will be screening Marathon – a film about an autistic athlete. I’m not a big fan of feelgood sporting movies, but I’d highly recommend this one.And this Wednesday and Thursday the Beautiful Mind Charity is putting on a concert to mark the London 2012 Paralympics, combining disabled and able-bodied musicians from Korea and Britain.If you watched the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, you may remember The Kaos, a children’s choir that sings while also performing in sign language. They will be appearing at both concerts, performing “One Earth One Sky”, composed in honour of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and “Respect”, which they performed in the Olympic Stadium:Click here to view the embedd
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September’s director at the KCC is Jeon Kyu-hwan. Not a well-known director in this country, but I’m rather looking forward to these particular screenings.Mozart Town (모차르트 타운, 2008)7pm, 6th Sept 2012 Director: Jeon Kyu-hwanCast: Gbato Blaise, Yoo-rang Joo and Seong-tae OhGenre: DramaCertificate: 18 (South Korea). Nobody under the age of 18 can be admitted this filmRunning Time: 90 minVenue: The Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BWRSVP: Booking is required, please visit KCCUK WebsiteThe FilmSouth Korean writer-director Jeon Kyu-hwan’s 2008 debut was the first in his Town Trilogy, which includes Dance Town and Animal Town (also appearing in SDFF 34) and explores the themes of urban alienation in the modern era. Mozart Town introduces us to Sara, a concert pianist visiting Seoul from Europe. She sees the city through the eyes of a tourist—everything is fresh, and as she records her travels in her journal, she feels content.Parallel to this
Several Korean artists will be appearing at the Liverpool Biennial in a group show curated by Stephanie Seungmin Kim:Terra Galaxia: Aerotropolis, Home and AwayDates: 15 Sept – 25 Nov 2012Venue: LJMU Copperas Hill Building | Copperas Hill | Liverpool | L3 | 10AM – 6PMSeoung Won WON, Wondering Tomorrow, 2012, Part of a Triptych, C-Print (w)125cm x (h)164 cmSen ChungKyungah HamSeoung Won WonWith Incheon Art Platform Resident Artists:Wil BoltonSuk Kuhn OhSuknam YunTerra Galaxia revisits modern day hospitality with paradoxical representations at one of its most contemporary venues: the international airport.Forming part of fourteen archipelagos of “city states” housed over 600 square meters inside the historic Royal Mail Building in Liverpool, Terra Galaxia has taken its inspiration from the city of Incheon in South Korea. Incheon is the home of South Korea’s main airport and is the country’s historic port city, which was forced to open to modernization in early 19th century.Th
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You can claim Dokdo for Korea in a free mobile phone app, in which 독도 토끼 swims across the East Sea to get there before his Japanese equivalent. You can play Takeshima Struggle (yes, it’s a Japanese app) on a Samsung Galaxy S, but not on an iPhone: it’s Android only. Source / further info: WSJ blogs
Many of you will have seen this already, but I only just came across it via Stephen Epstein’s and Rachel Joo’s fun article on Japanfocus.org on legs, abs, and the surprising de-emphasis of boobs in Korean pop culture. The entertaining video, from My Korean Boyfriend, is particularly fine in respect of its observation of “aegyo” techniques. Genius.Click here to view the embedded video.
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You have until 12 February to get in your application form for the Spring Term outing of the KCC’s new K-Pop Academy. Looks like an exciting curriculum for someone who’s just getting to know Korea via their favourite K-pop star. Make sure you download your application form from the KCC website.K-POP ACADEMY Course OutlineSpring Term, February 2012Course Administrative and Contact DetailsCourse ConvenersPhone +44 (0)20 7004 2600Email [email protected] OfficeKorean Cultural Centre UK,Grand Buildings, 1 – 3 Strand,London WC2N 5BWCourse InformationThe course runs over 12 weeks. Lectures, screening and tutorials run from week 1 to week 12. You are required to attend all lectures, screening and tutorials.Course BlogCheck http://www.kccuk.org.uk and http://www.facebook.com/theKCCUK for regular updates, links, reviews, suggestions and resources. You are expected to start up your own online presence to host all your tasks and to act as a form of communication with your
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Kim Ok-bin - the Poor Girl at No Use HighschoolWatch out for choreography by the amazing Ahn Eun-mi in the song & dance numbers of Dasepo Naughty Girls at the KCC on Thursday http://t.co/IMWsHxGX Choreographer Ahn Eun-mi: responsible for the song & dance numbers
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The queue of excited teenagers and twenty-somethings was snaking down the side of the Brixton Academy, patiently waiting to get into the gloomy insides to see Cube Entertainment’s main acts in what was billed as the UK’s first K-pop showcase. It was still 90 minutes before curtain up, and somewhere among the crowd a reporter from BBC Radio 4 was doing some vox pop interviews, trying to find out who all these fans were. Poles, Dutch, Irish, Scots were all represented, along with Koreans who had flown all the way from Seoul to London to see their idols. Most of the westerners had found out about K-pop via the internet, either on their own or through friends. Clearly, YouTube is a powerful and free marketing tool which is able to bypass the publicity machines of the established UK commercial pop promoters to connect directly with fans. Entering at the stage door, I picked up my press ticket and followed the signs to the guest meeting area. A few other guests were in front of me. As we cl
As soon as BEAST get on to Fact & Fiction, there’s quality. They’re the class act. And the audience know the lyrics of all the songs – of BEAST, G.NA, 4Minute and HyunA.
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It’s one week to the big live K-pop event in the Brixton Academy. So what can we look forward to?Cube Entertainment, founded by a former employee of JYP Entertainment, are fairly new to the K-pop world, and are keen to get themselves heard. Despite being relatively new, they can just about claim to be putting on the UK’s first big commercial K-pop concert on 5 December, featuring all the main acts in their stable. Yes, there have been other Korean pop and rock artists perform in London before. We’ve had Yoon Do-hyun, Crying Nut, Roller Coaster among others – all of whom were brought over by small-scale event organisers to perform at independent festivals, for example the Dano Festival in Trafalgar Square (by the now-defunct Korean Cultural Promotion Agency) or in the annual London Korean Festival and Korean Film Festival (organised by an offshoot of the Korean Anglican church). BEAST. Their 2011 album Fact and Fiction is worth checking outBut the acts we̵
Big Bang’s Tae Yang has sang congratulation song for Eugene and Ki Tae Young‘s wedding today. Tae Yang has attended the wedding ceremony of Eugene and Ki Tae Young at Seoul Central Church and has sang a song to congratulate the newly weds. According to the official from Eugene’s management who attended the wedding, he said, [...]
Cheomseongdae, the world’s oldest surviving observatory, features a great deal in tourism material, and even if you haven’t been to Korea or the Gyeongju area, you will probably have seen it. You will also, if you are like me, have been somewhat underwhelmed by its rather modest appearance, which if anything does it less justice when seen in real life. At 9.5 metres in height it is a relatively small structure.Though modest in appearance, in terms of functionality it was without peer, and was used as the basis for famous observatories in China and Japan.Its design was also carefully thought-out, so that each of its features carries a meaning.The astronomical concept that the earth is square and the sky is round, for example, is reflected in the square base and round body. The 29 layers of stone correspond to the 29.5 days of a lunar month, with the 27 layers of the cylindrical body representing the 27 days taken for the moon to circle the earth. The list of symbolic references in the
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Haeinsa Temple is hosting its first contemporary art exhibition, involving 34 artists from 10 countries, to commemorate the millennial anniversary of the Tripitaka Koreana, which UNESCO has designated one of the “most important and most complete corpus of Buddhist doctrinal texts in the world.”The exhibition’s title — 通 | 통 | Tong — uses the Chinese and Korean character for “link”. The character can also mean a passage, an opening, a deep understanding, or to move through a space. While Tong is an exhibition of international art that may be exemplified by the diversity of its cultural, social, and religious undercurrents, it also demonstrates the fundamental connection that all art and humanity shares— that is the persistent question, “What are we?”In 1011 AD during an era of crisis and invasion, the Tripitaka Koreana was first carved as a nonviolent movement to unify the people of Korea and stimulate a cultural, social, and economic revival. The 2011 Haein Art Project att
I'm not quite sure what these models were doing at the Seoul Friendship Fair over the weekend, but I had to admire their poise and control. Herded like fashion robots they walked and paused on command, smiling for the cameras and then disappeared into the palace across from City Hall.