Korea Day heads to Canterbury

Gulbenkian to offer Korean street food, live music from Glastonbury performers and experimental visual artist


In partnership with Korean Cultural Centre UK the Gulbenkian brings a celebration of Korean food, entertainment and art on Friday 4 October.

The Korea Day offers a breathtaking performance from Jambinai, as well as an innovative facade exhibition from Yiyan Kang as well as delicious street food from chef Hyung-Soo Yim.

Korean Street Food, Gulbenkian Cafe - 5pm

Korean chef Hyung-Soo Yim will create a range of street food including Gimbap (seaweed rice rolls), Tteok-bokki (stir-fried rice cakes), Kimchi Pancakes, Tofu Salad, and Fried Dumplings.

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Facade Exhibition by Yiyan Kang - 6pm (free)

Yiyan Kang is one of Korea’s most experimental visual artists and through her outdoor digital mapping work, she presents dynamic Korea, a country where the traditional heritage and contemporary culture cohabit harmoniously.

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Jambinai Concert, Gulbenkian Theatre - 7:30pm

Creating some of the most innovative sounds in East Asia’s underground scene, Jambinai are an award-winning post-rock/world music hybrid act that was formed in Seoul, South Korea in 2009 by guitarist and piri (oboe) player Ilwoo Lee, haegum (a fiddle-like instrument) player Bomi Kim, and geomungo (zither) player Eun Young Sim.

Ilwoo, Bomi, and Eun Young became acquainted while studying at the Korea National University of Arts. After graduating, they ran into each other after a mutual friend’s concert. They began chatting about Korean traditional music and how they felt it needed to find a new way to present itself. That chance encounter led to the birth of Jambinai.

Ushering Korean traditional music into the 21st century, Jambinai’s stunning sonic compositions mix mesmerizing sounds from the past with elements of folk, metal, and electronic music. In September 2010, Jambinai issued its first recording, an eponymous three-song EP, through the highly-respected Korean hardcore label GMC Records. In the summer of 2011, the band was invited to play at the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, one of South Korea’s largest music festivals. Jambinai issued their debut full-length album, Différance, in February 2012. Challenging and compelling, the highly-acclaimed cd won “Best Crossover Album” at the 2013 Korean Music Awards and also earned Jambinai a nomination for “Best Jazz & Crossover Performance” at the ceremony as well.

Looking to build upon their success at home, 2013 saw Jambinai making their first strides abroad. The group has been wowing audiences at a number of international festivals since then including SXSW (US), Roskilde festival (DK), Exit festival (SR), Primavera (ES), Glastonbury (UK), The Great Escape (UK) and Trans Musicales (FR). Live the band was joined by drummer Jae Hyuk Choi and bassplayer Byeongkoo Yu who are now permanent band members of the group.