London Calendar (30 Sept-6 Oct)

The beautiful colours of autumn in the mountains of South Korea

Don’t let the colder autumn weather get you down. Instead, use our handy guide to help plan an exciting week full of events! AGI will get you through the first week of October with food, entertainment and much more….

EAT OUT

Newly-opened restaurant, bar and lounge complex Chotto Matte features ‘Japanese inspired Nikkei cuisine’, which sounds good, whatever it means. If you’d like to find out more about this intriguing new development in Soho, visit 11-13 Frith Street when you get a chance.

Check out BusanBBQ (self-described ‘AmeriKorean’ street food) at the Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch on 5 Oct. The highlight of the menu is their fantastic Bulgogi Burger.

GO

Four special events are taking place at Asia House near Regent’s Park this week: On 1 Oct, ‘Syria – Drawings from the Frontline’ will involve an interview with the artist; ‘Invest Philippines – Trade & Investment Opportunities Conference’ on 2 Oct is perfect if you want to do business in the island nation; an evening with ‘HE Narkhuu Tulga, Ambassador of Mongolia’ will be held on 3 Oct; and the exhibition ‘Harmonious Co-existence – Sharing Taoist Culture’ opens on 4 Oct (and ends on the 31st). All of these events require booking online at the Asia House website, aside from the last event which is free and open to the general public.

READ

If you love Chinese art, then you absolutely must pick up ‘The Chinese Art Book’, a large and beautifully produced new book from British publisher Phaidon. An essential overview, from the ancient to the post-modern, including almost every major form of art in China.

SEE

The BFI London Film Festival will be starting on October 9, but you may want to start booking tickets now as many films have already sold out. Asia will be well represented with films from several countries including China, India, Japan, and Korea.

The Ghosts of Jeju is a documentary by Regis Tremblay which will be screened for free at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on 4 Oct at 5:30PM in the Brunei Gallery. It is being called ‘a moving account of the horrific 1948 massacre of thousands of Korean civilians by US commanded forces on Jeju Island. Essential viewing for anyone interested in peace issues and modern Korean and East Asian history’.

Metro Manila, a tense drama filmed and set in the Philippines, is in selected cinemas across London and the UK now.

Tim Holm

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