Kingston Welcomes Korea 2015

Kingston Welcomes Korea 2015

If you’re eager to get stuck into Korean Culture ASAP and can’t wait till the London Korean Festival at Trafalgar square, why not take a trip down to Kingston. Kingston, or more specifically, New Malden is known as our very own K-Town and according to Wikipedia, Kingston is said to be one of the most densely populated area of Koreans outside South Korea (wiki). And starting Thursday, there will be a very full programme of events all across Kingston, introducing us to the wealth of Korean Cultural assets.

Kingston Welcomes Korea is a party with a purpose. We are combining an arts festival with a trade fair. Four brilliant Korean dance and comedy companies will be visiting the Rose Theatre from Seoul. There will be Anglo-Korean concerts and recitals at All Saints Parish Church and an exhibition from the new generation of outstanding Korean artists at the Creative Industries Centre. At Jangmadang, the Korean word for market place, there will be the ideal networking centre for British companies that want to trade with Korea and Korean companies that want to trade with Britain. There will be designs and models for a new Royal garden for the Coronation Stone, a Green Debate with leading speakers at the Guildhall, a Korean picnic, breakdancing, and many more events ~ Kingston Welcomes Korea official website


In Nam Soon

In Nam-Soon and Company

Genre ~ Traditional Korean Dances ~ With marvellous costumes and elegant choreography, to beautiful music from ancient Korean sources, the director of the Institute of Traditional Korean Culture, In Nam-Soon, performs four works, including the Royal Court Dance and Arirang, to present the joys and sorrows of Korea

Thursday 30 July 2015, 8pm – Gala evening
Tickets are £10 -50 Plus £1.60 transaction fee

Friday 31 July 2015, 7:30pm
Tickets £10 -£15 plus £1.60 transaction fee on 31st July

Purchase tickets HERE – Running time 90 mins

Haddangse Theatre company in Brush

Genre ~ Family/Children ~ A multiple-award-winning production, Brush is a delightful and inventive family show from Korea. Paintings are created and brought to life on stage with incredible physical comedy and puppetry. They tell the story of a child’s quest for a baby brother and his friendship with a variety of wonderful characters. Not to be missed by anyone under the age of 10

Saturday 1 August 2015, 2:30pm
Sunday 2 August 2015, 2:30pm
Tickets £10-£15 plus £1.60 transaction fee
Purchase tickets HERE – Running time 55 minutes

Perfordian Factory: Ongals

Genre ~ Comedy/Family/Children ~ The Perfordian Factory presents comedy mime, juggling, beatboxing and acrobatics in a non-stop performance of sustained slapstick: no words, only laughter. Hailed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and with five-star accolades from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, “The Ongals” are now welcomed by Kingston

Saturday 1 August 2015, 8pm
Sunday 2 August 2015, 8pm
Tickets £10-£15 plus £1.60 transaction fee
Purchase tickets HERE – Running time 80 minutes

ongals Kingston Welcomes Korea comedy

ongal at Thames Festival 2012

The Stem, the Bud, the Bloom and the Seed

Genre ~ Anglo-Korean Dance and Music collaboration ~ A collaborative performance, created for the KWK Festival, between dancer Jason Piper and the composer/music director, Wan Il, who creates fun and intricate Korean music, using traditional Korean instruments. The production is directed by Philip Parr

Tuesday 4 August 2015, 7:30pm – Gala evening
Tickets from £10 – £50 plus £1.60 transaction fee

Wednesday 5 August 2015, 7:30pm
Tickets from £10 – £15 plus £1.60 transaction fee

Purchase tickets HERE – Running time 70 minutes

“Alice in Wonderland” by YMAP

Genre ~ Dance and multimedia ~ A contemporary dance tribute to Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s book, published 150 years ago, using astonishing projection effects by Media Art, and lyrical dancing, choreographed by Hyo Jin Kim. A father wishes to read “Alice” to his son but has a little quarrel with him, before falling asleep. The father meets Alice in his dreams and enters Wonderland, to find the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat and Queen of Cards, before he is woken up by his son during a surreal game of croquet

Friday 7 August 2015, 7:30pm – Gala evening
Tickets from £10 – £50 plus £1.60 transaction fee

Saturday 8 August 2015, 7:30pm
Tickets from £10 -£15 plus £1.60 transaction fee

Purchase tickets HERE – running time 70mins


Ticket prices: Midday recitals – £15 (full), £10 (concessions). Evening concerts: £25 (Gala invitations, which include a drink and meeting the artists), £15 (full) and £10 (concessions). Concessionary rates for students, senior citizens and those with a Rover card

Lunchtime Choral recital
Saturday 1 August 2015, 13:10 – 14:00 – Purchase tickets HERE

Sally Mays and Simon Desorgher
The Choir of the Korean Catholic Church of London
Choirmaster: Brian Yoon. Conductor: Maria Kim.

The Choir of the Korean Catholic Church of London

Anglo-Korean Crossover Concert I
Saturday 1 August 2015, 19:30 – 21:30 – Purchase tickets HERE

With the Choir of the Korean Catholic Church of London
And the London Ensemble, Sounds Positive.
Conductor: David Sutton Anderson
Including the world premieres of: Korea Garden by David Sutton Anderson, sponsored by the British Korean Society, and new works by Avril Anderson and Slavko Zagorak.

Lunchtime Piano Recital
Monday 3 August 2015, 13:10 – 14:00 – Purchase tickets HERE

Yoon-seok Shin
The programme includes words by Josef Haydn and Unsuk Chin

Rising Stars of Korea
Tuesday 4 August 2015, 19:30 – 21:30 – Purchase tickets HERE

Grace Yeo, piano, and Marisol Lee, violin
With works by J.S.Bach, Ysaye and Prokofiev

Anglo-Korean Crossover Concert II
Thursday 6 August 2015, 19:30-21:30 – Purchase tickets HERE

With Hyelim Kim (taegum), Dennis Lee (changgu), Melanie Henry (saxophones and clarinet) and Sally Mays (piano)

Independence Day Concert
Saturday 8 August 2015, 19:30-21:30 – Purchase tickets HERE

With SANI, traditional Korean music ensemble, featuring Kim Heesun (gayageum), Lee Ji-young (gayageum), Huh Yun-jeong (geomungo), Lee Tai-baek (ajaeng), Lee Seok-ju (piri), Kim Seong-a and Im Hyeon-bin (pan’sori)


This festival will also see exhibitions at Kingston College and Kingston museum. At Kingston museum, you’ll get the chance to see a display of a traditional Korean wedding including the Bridal room, no doubt filled with beautiful pieces and vibrant colours. Kingston College will see a special exhibition featuring many of UK prominent Korean artists including Meekyoung Shin.


Participating Artists: HaYoung Kim, Sang Jin Kim, Sea Hyun Lee, Sejin Park, Meekyoung ShinVenue: The Creative Industries Centre, Kingston College, 55 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 5BP

Opening: Tue 4 – Wed 12 August, 11am – 4pm (Admission Free!)

The title of this exhibition is taken from a poem by South Korea’s most cherished poet, Ko Un, who was described by Allen Ginsberg as ‘a force of nature’. According to Ginsberg, Ko Un combined the wisdom of a “Buddhist cognoscente, passionate political libertarian and a naturalist historian”

“Rain Doesn’t Fall for Nothing” invites us to consider questions about our human impact upon the globe as a species, possibly destructive, but also to reflect on how there could be an alternative, non-aggressive, more life-enhancing approach, derived from Buddhist and Eastern spirituality.

Using various media, the acclaimed Korean artists, Ha Young Kim, Sang Jin Kim, Sea Hyun Lee, Sejin Park and Meekyoung Shin will question the problems inherent to the Western perception of reality, based on its classical Enlightenment methods of thought. In contrast, they will offer an interpretation and representation of reality, filtered through their own sensibilities and sense of otherness.

The fusion between these approaches provides a renewed understanding of the states of mind that accompany our lives: how to live on earth and how to belong to that reality that still puzzles us.

Shin Meekyoung Vase

Meekyoung Shin at Saatchi Gallery


Venue: Kingston Museum, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London

Opening: Sat 8 Aug – 17 Sept, 11am – 4pm (Admission Free!)

A display of Korean traditional Wedding and Bridal Room (generously lent by Jinsoo Park, co-director ArtOneSpace). Curated by Seoyoung Kim and Simona Nastac.

And that’s not all! We’re really being spoiled for events and Kingston is really pulling out all the stops this summer! There are many more including a Korean Garden, Green debates, breakdancing at Market Place and a Korean picnic open to all on Saturday 8th August. Check out the official Kingston welcomes Korea website for ALL events!


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