Gwangju Blog

All is Well in Gwangju Vagina World

From Korea Maria

Director, Leigh Hellman-Kang and Go-to Sweeper Extraordinaire, Sye-Jeong Diane Kim Brenner, are breathing a little easier this week. For the past month these two local Gwangju leaders have been asking different venues in Gwangju for performance space for this year’s The Vagina Monologues, performances that share the comedy and tragedy of, you got it, vaginas. The resounding answer: sorry – no.

Now they have secured with the assistance of power couple Shin Gyonggu and Pahk Kay (as well as GIC) Gwangju Art Hall (광주아트홀) in downtown Gwangju. This location used to be the old hooka cafe of Flower. Luck be a lady tonight – crew of TVM are thanking their lucky stars to get a cool venue and can stop worrying their hard work will not be seen by the public.

There will be 3 shows, two matinees (April 27 & 28) and one evening show (April 27). Tickets will go on sale soon.

Speaking of tickets, two tickets were won by Antony Vlug for 40000 won at March 23’s Silent Auction. More tickets will be auctioned this week; watch the Facebook Event Page for posts.

Confused about all the fundraisers going on in Gwangju and wondering where the money is going? Well, here’s the skinny on what’s what financially for The Gwangju Vagina Monologues.

Of funds raised, only 5% may be used for production costs. This via the rules of V-Day. The venue costs a fortune this year (last year was free). Crew members have kicked in their own money to cover this cost.

Ten percent of funds raised go to the international organization for the V-Day Spotlight Campaign which changes yearly. This year is the Congo Campaign and City of Joy.

Local women/anti-violence organizations receive the remaining 85% of funds raised. Last year four organizations received 3.5 million in funds from the 2012 TVM fundraisers and performances.

This year four organizations have agreed to accept funds from 2013 TVM. They include three single mothers’ shelters and one anti-violence support shelter for immigrant women. All in Gwangju.

  • 우리집 (Our House)
  • 인애복지원 (InAe Welfare Center)
  • 편한집 (Peaceful House)
  • 광주이주여성지원센터 (Gwangju Settler Women Support Center)

So far, fundraiser results are:

  • Dance for V-Day: 150,000 won
  • Bake Sale & Flea Market: 1,020,000 won
  • Silent Auction: 40,000 won

Here is the calendar for April events and fundraisers.

Join this weekend’s Art Workshop for V-Day. 5,000 won for a figure drawing lesson.

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