The following events from May 1 to 8 can be found below!

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‘Munbangsau: Friends of the Scholar’ an exhibition of Korean Crafts

23 April – 17 June 2018, Korean Cultural Centre UK, 1-3 Strand, London, WC2N 5BW


As part of the Korea/UK season, the Korean Cultural Centre UK and the Cheongju Craft Biennale present ‘Munbangsau: Friends of the Scholar’.  The exhibition is based on munbangsau – the four essential literary tools used by Confucian scholars (seonbi) during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897 AD).

The exhibition joins the programme of London Craft Week 2018 (9-13 May), and is complemented by an opening performance by a classical geomungo (traditional Korean instrument) player, Jeong-ju Lee, at the opening reception on 23 April. A talk and a workshop will take place on 12 May, featuring master craftsmen from Chungcheongbuk-do, a province in Cheongju, Korea, renowned for the preservation of traditional Korean craftsmanship.

Woo Kwan’s Korean Temple Food – Book Talk and Tasting Event

2 May 2018, Korean Cultural Centre UK

The Korean Cultural Centre UK are delighted to introduce Korean Temple Food to London with the Buddhist nun and chef, Woo Kwan. Woo Kwan is a temple-food expert and leading practitioner of this discipline. We will also be celebrating the launch of her new cook book, Woo Kwan’s Korean Temple Food, to be written in English.

On the 2nd May, Woo Kwan will share her philosophy and principles behind Korean temple food, described as “a perfect meal, full of nature’s goodness”, Attendees will be able to enjoy a selection of dishes and discuss the origins and meaning behind Korean Temple cooking.

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A Festival of Korean Dance

9 – 16 May 2018, The Place, London, 17 Duke’s Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9PY

Representing the rich cultural exchange and collaboration between South Korea and the UK, leading London dance institution The Place will collaborate with the Korean Cultural Centre in London to present a festival featuring performances by five Korean dance companies.  

The week-long festival, curated by The Place, will be headlined by the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company (KNCDC) making their first ever UK appearance to present the UK Premiere of <Immixture> (9 May) a piece that exhibits the beauty of Korea, combining the music and movement of East and West.

The second evening of the festival is a double bill that begins with the Ahn Soo Young Company’s Swan Lake (12 May), which takes the story (and score) of Tchaikovsky’s ballet and reimagines it as a warning about environmental destruction, incorporating dance styles from Hip Hop to poppin’, B-boying to contemporary dance. The show was awarded the Grand Prize at the Seoul Choreography Festival when it was first performed 2011 and has toured to the Netherlands, France, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Panama, winning acclaim from critics.

The second part of the evening is Kyoung Shin Kim’s Ordinary Stranger, which interrogates memory and identity with a cast of three performers; Saju Hari who trained in Kalaripayattu and contemporary dance and has worked with Akram Khan Company, Dickson Mbi who has performed with Russell Maliphant Company, Boy Blue Entertainment and was nominated for Emerging Artist and Outstanding Male Performer (Modern) by the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2017. Kyoung Shin Kim has performed with Russell Maliphant Company, Hofesh Shechter Company and Diversions.

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