NOTE: This is an unusually slow week for Asian events in London. Hopefully things will pick up again next week…
The ‘House of Ho‘ is a new Vietnamese restaurant opening at 55-59 Old Compton Street in Soho on November 18. It is run by celebrity chef Bobby Chinn, who is known for being the host of World Cafe on the Living Channel. He has already opened two successful restaurants in Vietnam as well. If you are looking for something tasty, informal, and moderately priced, then this might just be the place for you. Check their twitter feed (@HouseOfHo) for more updates.
As part of the Korean President State Visit in November 2013 and to celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Korea and the UK, the 2013 Korea – UK Forum on the Peaceful Unification of Korea (including formal dinner) will be held at the Cromwell Suite of the Millennium Gloucester Hotel on Tuesday the 19th from 7-9PM. The Key-Note Speech will be about the Park Geun-Hye Administration’s Trust-Building Process on the Korean Peninsula. Please RSVP to Mr TK Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
There are two EFG London Jazz Festival events you should know about this week – the first, at 8PM on Nov 21 is a collaboration between trumpet player Byron Wallen and Korean taegum artist Hyelim Kim (see our interview with her). Venue and ticket details here. The second event is at 7:30PM on Nov 24 at Queen Elizabeth Hall – Trilok Gurtu & Open Souls will perform. Tabla master Trilok Gurtu and Open Souls blend Indian classical music, jazz and the sounds of the street. Book your tickets at the Southbank Centre website now.
A couple of talks at the Japan Foundation coming up look interesting – one is a book launch of ‘Japan Copes with Calamity‘ which is a collection of studies by researchers who traveled to north-eastern Japan to study first-hand the conditions in the disaster zone. It will be introduced by co-editor Brigette Steger and two other speakers will also discuss topics related to the book. Time: 6:30PM on Nov 20. Also, on the 22nd at the same time, you can see internationally acclaimed artist Chiharu Shiota talk about her work in an event called ‘Labyrinthine Memories‘. Shiota will trace her journey to date as an installation and performance artist, demonstrating the painstaking and daunting process of filling huge gallery spaces including the Towner Gallery, and how she thrives on these challenges set by each venue. Reflecting on her education at art schools in Japan and Germany, and studying under Marina Abramović, Shiota, now based in Berlin, will also explore what way such an environment impacted upon her creative practice, ethos and her career as a female artist working overseas. Please note that both of these events are free but you must RSVP to email@example.com beforehand.
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Information compiled by Tim Holm