If you’re not filling your diary with events that are prefixed with the letter K, you’re missing out on some of London’s best entertainment. After all, London is home to the biggest population of Koreans in Europe (specifically New Malden), so it’s no wonder the city’s K-culture is thriving. And believe it or not, it’s not all about a middle-aged man in a suit and weird glasses doing a funny dance.
This week, the eighth annual London Korean Film Festival kicks off, with a bevvy of contemporary Korean film. The opening gala on Thursday features a screening of director Huh Jung’s debut thriller ‘Hide and Seek’, followed by a Q&A session with Jung and actor Son Hyun-joo. Next week South Korea’s biggest selling director Kang Woo-suk appears at two ‘Directrospectives’ of his work: ‘Public Enemy’ (Nov 12) and ‘First Legend’ (Nov 14). But if it’s a smorgasboard of K-culture you want, we’ve compiled a round-up of what’s happening in the coming weeks…
THINGS TO DO
Hallyu – A K-culture expo featuring fashion, technology, art and music from South Korea, including a performance by huge K-pop girl band and Will.i.am collaborators 2NE1. Old Billingsgate, EC3R 6DX. 10am-5pm. Until November 6.
London K-Pop Dance Workshop. Various venues. £10 for seven-hour class. The next one is December; see their Facebook for more info.
London Korean Film Festival. Takes place at various venues. November 7 – 22. Prices vary.
Super Junior, K-pop juggernauts make a London stop on their fourth world tour. Wembley Arena, HA9 0AA. November 9, 8pm. Ticket prices range from £56 to £165 and can be purchased from wembleyarena.co.uk
K-Pop Team host club nights all over the city. The next one is a ‘superheroes and villains’ fancy dress party. Yager Bar, EC4M 8EN. December 14, 10pm-4am. Tickets can be purchased for £10 in advance from kpopteam.com
See our list of London’s Best Korean Restaurants pronto.
The British Museum (Room 67) has a huge collection of Korean artefacts, including a life-sized replica of a sarangbang (study). British Museum, WC1B 3DG. Free. Ongoing exhibition, 10am-5.30pm.
Meekyoung Shin’s ‘Archetype’ exhibition of contemporary art considers the identity of certain objects around the world. Sumarria Lunn Gallery, W1K 5. Free. 10am-6pm. Until November 8.