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London embraces Korean wave

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London embraces Korean wave

Marking the 30-day countdown to the London Olympics 2012, supporters of Korea gathered on June 26 to take part in an outdoor campaign to publicize "All Eyes on Korea", the 100-day Korean culture summer festival. Nearly 50 British-national "Korea supporters" marched underground in downtown London, making stopovers at Waterloo and Oxford Circus tube stations. The ardent volunteers then flocked to Southbank Centre -- the largest single-run arts center in the world where most of the festival events take place -- and Trafalgar Square, home to the Korean Cultural Centre in the UK. Posters emblazoned with the colorful "K" juxtaposed symmetrically were prominently featured on screens at 30 London tube stations the same day, reaching a large population of over 3 million daily commuters.

Throughout the festival, the advertising posters for "All Eyes on Korea" may be found around tube and train stations in London, alongside promotional videos shown at multiple venues (photo courtesy of KCCUK).

"We are trying to make people associate Korea and Korean culture when they hear the letter 'K'", says Jeon Hye-jung, Project Director of the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK), who planned the festival. With this in mind, the poster was designed to remind people of Korea with each K representing the different genres of cultural content presented at the festival from K-Music and K-Film to K-Classics, K-Arts, K-literature, K-Fashion, and K-Food. As the festival sheds light on both the traditional and modern sides of Korean culture, it also incorporates elements of the practice of "dancheong", Korea's colorful decorative patterns painted on architectural forms such as wooden buildings, executed in a delicate manner. Moreover, the use of the traditional five-colored scheme, dubbed obangsaek, which can be found in every facet of Korean culture from art and Hanbok to food, also connotes a connection with the Olympic emblem, composed of five intertwined rings.

Korea supporters march around the host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics to promote All Eyes on Korea (photo courtesy of KCCUK).

The participants, wearing colorful patterned dancheong T-shirts designed by Lie Sang Bong, staged a promotional event for the festival around city, communicating with audiences at London's iconic Big Ben and Golden Jubilee Bridge, which connects Southbank Centre and the KCCUK. The supporters handed out custom-made bracelets in obangsaek colors, arousing the interest of Londoners and travelers alike and inviting them to discover diverse aspects of Korean culture and traditions.The KCCUK's Summer Festival has received attention from both the British and Korean press, featuring an extensive series on Korea's cultural and creative programs at multiple venues across the capital's iconic artistic sites, such as the Southbank Centre among others.

Korean Artist Choi Jeong-hwa's outdoor installations Time After Time (above) and Life-Life (below) forge a cheerful path and joyful atmosphere around the multi-level architecture of the Southbank Centre site. The installations were made possible with the participation of supporters and volunteers, who were involved in the final preparations (photo courtesy of KCCUK).

Korean artist Choi Jeong-hwa's outdoor installations were unveiled on June 1 as the first series of the months-long event garnered positive response from both audiences and local media. Maev Kennedy from the Guardian took note of the spectacular transformation, saying that Choi had wrapped hundreds of bright green plastic colanders around the grey columns, instantly transforming them into exotic plants.Korean contemporary art seems to be enjoying ever-growing enthusiasm from UK audiences. Art aficionados and professionals flocked to a lecture by Korean artist Lee Bul on June 15 given as part of the Southbank Centre's Wide Open School -- an experiment in learning devised and delivered by over 80 artists. Another acclaimed Korean artist, Haegue Yang who is currently staging a project at Documenta Kassel, is also hosting a day-long knitting and origami workshop on July 7, as part of the relay of classes led by world-renowned artists. From July 6 to September, a solo exhibition by Kim Beom called "The School of Inversion" will be open at the Hayward Gallery Project Space.

Hundreds of people filled up the lecture room at Southbank Centre's Hayward Gallery on June 15 to attend Korean artist Lee Bul's class "From Me, Belongs to You Only", named following the title of her recent solo exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (photo courtesy of Hayward GalleryKCCUK).

For those interested in the traditional sides of Korean culture, the KCCUK offers an unconventional exhibition showcasing nearly 50 traditional funeral biers along with wooden figures. "Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World" takes place from July 11 to September 8 at the KCCUK. In close partnership with the Southbank Centre, the summer-long festival will also showcase a number of traditional Korean music performances from July 23 to 31. On July 31, Korea's foremost classical artists take the stage at the Royal Festival Hall for the one-night-only performance "Shining K-Classics". Joining the Philharmonia Orchestra will be Avery Fisher Prize-winning violinist Sarah Chang and soprano Sumi Jo, dubbed the Queen of the Night. A concert not to miss if you are keen to appreciate the "divine voice" of the opera diva and the tremendously gifted violinist. A Gala Reception titled "Korean Shining Bright" will bring the latest collections by Lie Sang Bong to a special runway at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 30. The dancheong-inspired motifs, colorful prints, and intricate construction designs will appear on the catwalk. The fashion show is expected to mesmerize some 300 invitees in a fully dimensional and textural experience, with a vibrant mix of original works created upon a modern and creative reinterpretation of Korean cultural heritage.

Models on the catwalk at Lie Sang Bong's Spring-Summer 2012 collection display an eclectic array of modern styling and colorful costumes, showing an inspiration from the genuine aesthetics of the classic Korean architectural element dancheong, the traditional multicolored paint of the royal palaces (photo courtesy of Lie Sang Bong).

As for the K-Film series, the upcoming special screening of Battlefield Heroes slated for June 28 at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly will be followed by a QA session with Director Lee Joon-ik. This free-of-charge event will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In August, a remake of "Crossroads of Youth" (1934, Director Anh Jong-hwa) -- Korea's oldest surviving black-and-white silent movie -- comes to London and will be screened accompanied by a narrator and live orchestra. The festival wraps up its 100-day journey on September 9, with the two-day highlight of a full program of events for families as part of the 2012 Mayor's Thames Festival at Tate Modern. Held in conjunction with the closing of the Paralympic Games, the two intensive days of outdoor festivities will be embellished with a wide variety of Korean culinary delights and a selection of Korean arts and crafts along the riverbank. All Eyes on Korea invites you to discover some of the best of what Korean culture has to offer at venues across the capital from June 1 to September 9. As part of the celebrations, the KCCUK also presents a series of seven "Global Korea" lectures with a focus on the genres represented in All Eyes on Korea. Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, and Keith Howard, professor of Music at the University of London, among other experts on Korean culture are set to stand at the podium throughout the summer. For more information and online booking, visit the official website of Korean Cultural Centre UK at: www.kccuk.org.ukor www.facebook.com/theKCCUK.By Hwang DanaKorea.net Staff Writer

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USA & Canada South Korean Romantic Comedy "Like for Likes" Makes North American Debut on February 26

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"Like for Likes" follows 3 couples: the first, a sharp-tongued tvauthor (Lee Mi-yeon) on best of her game and a carefree celebrity actor (Yoo Ah-in) who started his profession on her television series. The 2d one couple is made up of a middle-aged nosy chef (Kim Joo-hyeok) whose fiance left him, and a spinster flight attendant (Choi Ji-woo) who lost her home. The ultimate couple is a talented composer (Kang Ha-neul) who writes popular love songs yethasn't ever experienced love and a television manufacturer (Esom) who knows how a game of love is played.Director Park Hyeon-jin, who made her directorial debut with "Lovers of 6 Years", created this film to capture the cultural landscape of up to date day dating. The motifs of social networks and romance is relatable to audiences everywhere.The film may be released in 17 major places in North America adding New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Toronto. In partnership with CJ EM, DramaFever, the leading online destination for global telly shows, videos and concerts, will be web hostinga complicated screening on February 25 at AMC Empire 25 in New York. Attendees who don't appear to be already Top ratecontributors volitionget keep of a unfastened 30-day DramaFever subscription. Tickets will also bebought here. Seating will be limited.

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GFRIEND Takes House Their 7th Win on “Music Bank” With “Rough”

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GFRIEND Takes House Their 7th Win on “Music Bank” With “Rough”

GFRIEND Takes House Their 7th Win on Tune banking concern amongst Roughkminjungee February 12, 2016 0 GFRIEND takes the primaryposition spot once backat the February 12 broadcast of KBSs Music Bank, making this their 7th win in total. Theyve prior to now won on SBS MTV‘s “The Show,” MBC Music‘s “Show Champion, SBSs Inkigayo, and two times on Mnet’s “M!Countdown. This makes it their 2d consecutive win on Music Bank.

They were up opposed to WINNER, yetin the end took the #1 spot. GFRIEND thank their fans, families, corporate staff, or even their seniors. Also, they dont fail to remember to relay overdue Lunar New Year greetings as well. All through the encore stage, they also havea uniquemarvel for their fans.

The other performers included Super Juniors Ryeowook4Minute, Teen Top, AOA Cream, Yoo Seung WooImfact, Dal Shabet, Stellar, Laboum, Nop.K featuring Hoon J, Cocosori, Vromance, The Legend, Anda, and SUS4.

G-Friend continues their winning streak with 7th “Rough” trophy on KBS Tune Bank

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G-Friend continues their winning streak with 7th “Rough” trophy on KBS Tune Bank

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterFor the February 12th episode of KBS Music Bank, G-Friend and WINNER went head-to-head for this weeks #1 spot.

Winning with 6,823 issues over 6,241 elements (Sentimental), G-Friend took house their 2nd consecutive music display trophy on Music Bank, their 7th overall.

G-Friend continues their winning streak with their name song Rough as they have gotin the past recorded 6 trophies and 121 hours of all-kills at thevirtual charts.

Park Hae-jin and Nam Joo-hyeok attend loose hug tournament at Sookmyung Women's University

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An go in combination with "Cheese in the Trap" said, "We've arranged this special occasionto comprehend our drama fans, who were sending us such a lotimprovebecause the pre-production stage. We worked challenging to make this event a memorable and glad moment for everyone".

Seo Kang-joon a choice of the3 "Cheese in the Trap" actors may justnow not attend this special event, because he departed to a filming location in any other country for SBS' shuttle survival show, 'Law of the Jungle' closing month.

'Cheese In the Trap' stocks the heartwarming unfastened hug tournament starring Park Hae Jin and Nam Joo Hyuk!

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'Cheese In the Trap' stocks the heartwarming unfastened hug tournament starring Park Hae Jin and Nam Joo Hyuk!

Because of the largegood fortune of this free hug event, some other gratis hug occasionused to be planned, where Search engine marketing Kang Jun may bethe onlyto turn some love for his fans.

Seo Kang Jun's free hug event will take position this coming February 16; the precise location and main points volition be publishedat the day of the event.

Catch Ryu Joon Yeol, Park Bo Gum, and more in 'Youth Over Flowers' Africa edition!

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Catch Ryu Joon Yeol, Park Bo Gum, and more in 'Youth Over Flowers' Africa edition!

On Friday, the display shared a sneak preview to 4good-looking actors, adding Ryu Joon Yeol, Pass Kyung Pyo, Park Bo Gum, and Ahn Jae Hong, backpacking across Africa and exploring the continent's many wonders. In the preview, you spot the guys hiking a trail, visiting a waterfall, using across wild plains, and taking section in a dip in a sparkling pool.

JYJ’s Go back to Type Television in Harvest Trip

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JYJ’s Go back to Type  Television in Harvest Trip

What is apparent from those incidents and appearances is that there might be awonderfulcall for for JYJ content – every one of the Harvest Trip episodes have more than 100,000 perspectivesevery on either tvcast and the V-Live app. The group’s controlcorporate too releases content via YouTube, yetseems to begreater leveraging more moderen platforms equivalent to the V-Live app and tvcast to conquer the broadcast ban. As well as the Harvest Trip content, C-JeS also currently posted at the back of the scenes videos from Junsu’s musical Dracula and video of him taking a lookby way of fan mail. Over on the V app, Junsu hosted a live chat in January to celebrate his Seoul Music Awards win and trophy with his fans, since he was unable to attend the ceremony.

With most probably more such platforms for idol-related content on the rise, and a wider variety of features for JYJ to attach to their fans outdoor of the broadcast networks, it can beconceivable that by the time your entire members are back from army service in two years (Junsu is the sole member currently selling and he'll likely enlist later this year) the loss of broadcast appearances is alsoa difficulty of the past.

What do you observed readers? With the adjustmentsago year, can JYJ in the end make in-roads to advertise on broadcast channels? Or will the broadcast ban grow to be obsolete with converting technology?

Yoon Jong Shin collaborates with SEVENTEEN’s Vocal Unit in “Chocolate” MV

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Yoon Jong Shin collaborates with SEVENTEEN’s Vocal Unit in “Chocolate” MV

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Ko Ah-ra stocks selfie on her birthday

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In the published photo, Ko Ah-ra is taking a look into the camera lens whilst her long directly hair is draped down beyond her shoulder. Ko Ah-ra displays off her simple facial functions and her same oldblameless charms. Ko Ah-ra used to be born on February 11th, 1990 and became 26 on February 11th this year.