The Gwangju Cycling club is holding two events this weekend. Aug. 29 from 9 A.M.-3 P.M. is an 80k intermediate ride from Gwangju to Damyang and back, including a stop in Damyang for lunch, and requires you to be pretty fit. Aug. 30 from 4-7 P.M. is a 40k entry level ride from Gwangju to Naju and back to get into the swing of things and requires only a basic fitness level.Both rides will start from the Kia Champions Field in the usual meet-up spot. For more information check out the Facebook event pages for the 80k and 40k and the Facebook group.
Calen Cygan will be the presenter for this week’s GIC Talk titles “Responsible Tourism,” Aug. 29 at 3 P.M. at the GIC downtown. Cygan is a well-traveled expat who will share her tips for treading lightly and responsibly through another country.
The Gwangju Performance Project is hosting a stage makeup workshop August 29 from 3-5 P.M. at the GIC. This tutorial is for beginners and will cover stage makeup techniques for both men and women. There will be plenty of demonstrations and chances to practice your new knowledge. Participants must bring their own makeup including foundation, brushes, eye-liner, mascara, etc. For more information check out the event page.
The 6th Annual Gwangju International Music Festival takes place this weekend Aug. 29 and 30 in downtown Gwangju at several outdoor stages at the Asia Culture Complex. For a detailed schedule of performers, check out the event website in English.
The Adopt a Child for Christmas – Gwangju folks are hosting a Scavenger Hunt Sept. 5 starting at 2 P.M. to raise money for their December gift program. Bring your teams of 3-5 people downtown to the Speakeasy starting spot, and get ready to solve clues to win awesome prizes. Cost is 10,000 per person, and all the profits go to Adopt-a-Child for Christmas in the endeavor to purchase Christmas gifts for the orphans of Gwangju! Check out the event page for more information.
Salt Art Gallery is hosting artist Gim Gwang Cheol on Sept. 5 from 8-9 P.M. performing his Romantic Material : 7 Hours (No.6) piece. This is the 6th part of his performance project, depicting “in real time” the 7 hours that lasted from the sinking of the Sewol and the first official statement by the President of South Korea. Admission is free. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.
The Gwangju Book Club will be having their first meeting of the Fall semester Sept. 9 at 7:30 P.M. downtown. They are reading City of Thieves by David Benioff (one of the writers from the hit TV show Game of Thrones). For more information about the Gwangju Book Club, check out the group’s Facebook page.
The Gwangju Performance Project is holding the “Make it Great in 48” film competition 7 P.M. Sept 11-7 P.M. Sept. 13, in conjunction with the third Annual Alleycon event. This international film challenge gives you one weekend to write, shoot, edit, and score a short film for submission. You and your team will be given a genre, a prop, and a line to be used in the production of your film. Winners will be chosen through an online poll and a “People’s Choice” screening Sept. 19 at Alleycon, from 1-2 P.M. Participants and audience members must pay the required Alleycon admission price of 20,000 won for this special viewing. For more information, check out the Facebook event page, email the organizers at email@example.com, or to register your team use this Google docs form.
Keep cleaning out your closets!!! Gwangju Freecycle is hosting the 4th “Swap, Don’t Shop!” event on Sept. 19 from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. at the GIC downtown. Until then, you can drop off YOUR items you want to donate for the swap at the GIC. Acceptable items include clean and gently used clothing, household items, appliances, books and more! Rules for the event will be revamped this time, so look for new guidelines about takeaway limits, raffles for bigger items, etc. in an effort to help make this a FAIR and SHARING event. Dropoffs are accepted 9:30 A.M.-6:00 P.M. Monday-Saturday, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. on Sunday on the second floor (traditional Korean room) at the GIC. ** Please do not drop off during a time when the GIC is closed ** For more information about acceptable donations and directions to the event, check out the Facebook event page.
Registration for Alleycon 2015 is open for the Sept. 18-20 event at the Gwangju Design Center in Bukgu! To register follow this link. For those new to town, you are lucky enough to live in the Geek capital of Korea, and we are looking forward to this third annual celebration of all things geek-related. There will be tabletop games, D & D tournaments, special musical performances and more! Here’s the first look at the official Alleycon poster to the right, with the event mascot Allie created by local Gwangju artist Jen Lee. For more information about the event, check out the Alleycon website.