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What to Do This Weekend: A Game of Thrones Quiz, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Ladies Night!

Hello Gwangju!

I know you’re all looking forward to the weekend, so let’s see what’s happening in Gwangju!

Thursday, November 23rd

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Trivia night at Speakeasy returns, and it’s going to be a big one. That’s because the theme for this week is the popular TV show, Game of Thrones. I know that there are a lot of fans of the show, so tonight should be really competitive. The cost of trivia is only 5,000 won per person. You can play with a group (Of up to 5 people), or you can find a team to play with. The second place team will get their money back, and the first place team will receive the rest of the pot, as well as a 25,000 won bar tab! It’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun, and a whole lot safer than the red wedding! For all the details, please check out Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Friday, November 24th

Courtesy of the First Alleyway

Courtesy of the First Alleyway

It may be coming a day late, but residents will have their chance to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal at The First Alleyway. They’ll be having their annual Thanksgiving dinner tonight starting at 5 p.m. This is a first come, first served event with no reservations so don’t delay in getting down to the Alleyway. You certainly don’t want to miss a Turkey dinner that includes gravy, stuffing, and all the other classic trimmings. The price of the meal will be between 15,000 and 16,000 won. If you’re not a big fan of turkey then don’t worry, they will be serving their regular menu as well. For all the information, please go to their Facebook event page.

After you enjoy your turkey dinner, get over to Tequilaz for some post Thanksgiving happy hour specials. They’ll be having their usual bottomless drafts for 12,000 won, and bottomless rail cocktails for 20,000 won. On top of those specials, they’ll also be offering Talisker Whisky for 5,000 won. All three specials are cash only, and run from 9 p.m. to midnight. For more info, please go to Tequilaz’s Facebook page.

Saturday, November 25th

Courtesy of The Gwangju Art Class

Courtesy of The Gwangju Art Class

This Saturday at the GIC you can kick off the holiday season by making ornaments. At today’s art class you’ll be able to make your own Christmas decorations with felt. This meeting is definitely going to have a holiday feel-there will be music, a Christmas tree, and holiday themed snacks. Now because this is a special meeting, you will have to prepay(10,000 won) by the end of November 23rd to secure your spot. If you forget, walk-ins will be allowed, but the fee will be 14,000 won. Half of the proceeds from the meeting will go to adopt-a-child, so it’s all for a good cause. The meeting will start at 12:30 p.m., and it goes until 3. For complete information on how to prepay, please go to their Facebook event page. Now later on in the day there will be the GIC Talk series. This Saturday Lea Moreau, a student who traveled abroad extensively, and who used to work at a local guesthouse, will talk about how you can study and still travel around the world. The lecture begins at 4 p.m., and goes for about an hour. For more info you can go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

At the beginning of this month Loft 28 had a successful fundraiser for One of their distibutors was so impressed with how much money they raised, they donated 3 kegs of Kloud Draft beer. Now tonight, Loft will be selling Kloud drafts for 3,000 won, and all of the proceeds will go to Plus, it will also be ladies night as well. A group of three or more ladies who make a reservation will get a free bottle! This is a great chance to raise money for a worthy cause, so please head over to Loft 28 tonight. Ladies night will begin at 11 p.m. If you need more info, please go to Loft’s Facebook page.



GFN will have a special event, “Human Rights Radio Drama Festival – “BE THE VOICE”.

The festival aims to shed light on various issues surrounding Human Rights in the 21st Century showcasing the importance of human rights abuses and also being made aware of your human rights, thus aiming to also educate the public about the issues involved through theater, radio drama, animation and singing.

Festival date

❍ Date : Saturday 16th December 2017 ,4 pm ~ 6 pm

❍ Location : GFN (first floor)

❍ Please reserve your seat via E-mail(your name and number of tickets)

❍ For more information contact : 062)460-0947


광주전남지역에 거주중인 내·외국인들이 직접 참여하는 인권 라디오 드라마 페스티벌을 개최합니다.

이 행사는 광주지역 내외국인 참가자들이 518민주화운동과 인권이라는 주제로 직접 대본을 쓰고, 무대위에서 라디오 드라마와 연극, 애니메이션 등을 시연해 보는 축제입니다.

초대가수로는 2014년 엠네스티 홍보대사로 선정된 바 있는 ‘하림’ 출연 확정입니다.

GFN인권 라디오 드라마 축제에 관심 있는 분들의 많은 참여 부탁드립니다.

❍ 공연일시 : ’17. 12. 16 (토), 16~18시

❍ 공연장소 : 광주음악창작소 공연장 (광주영어방송 1층)

❍ 초대가수 : 하림(2014엠네스티 홍보대사)

❍ 무료티켓예약 :

    (이름과 티켓매수를 적어서 보내주세요)

* 무료공연(선착순 티켓사전예약제), 한정된 좌석으로 인해 현장 입장은 불가합니다. 양해부탁드립니다.

* 문의 : 062) 460-0947




November Streets

November Streets


This week’s photo contains the monthly street photography image from Gwangju. While technically taken in late October, the image above was too good to let it slip beneath the fallen leaves of many autumn-themed images I have taken recently. The setting was the final day of the Gwangju Design Biennale. This image betrays the fact that it was late afternoon. For once inside the cavernous Biennale hall, it became easy to loose track of time, and as this image would suggest, other people too.

This bulk of the foreground in this image is taken up by a large inverted overlapping pyramidal structures. While visually obtrusive, they do point the way to what could be perceived as the main subject of the image. In the central part of the bottom of the frame, we see two sets of legs slightly highlighted against the dark gray wall. They are the only obvious signs of humanity within a space that resembles a holideck more-so than the multipurpose interior of Biennale Hall.

At times when shooting on the streets of Gwangju, it is difficult to find a subject who does not turn away at the sight of the camera, or retreat into heart-shape gang sign or the torturous “V” for victory. While initially infuriating, such cultural habits can be useful for finding compositional techniques to position the subject creatively. If so, like the photo above, we may find that the image lends itself to a slightly different emotional quality than what we initially expected when framing the shot. Personally, this lesson is one which find I must continually take. Over and over again when doing street photography in Gwangju, I am reminded that the best shot is one which I cannot necessary envision beforehand. In that sense, I know what NOT to do the next time a gleaming white inverted pyramid obstructs my view.

[Image taken using my Nikon FE2 with a 35mm f1.4 lens shooting T-max 100 pushed one stop.]

(Photo & Text by Marty Miller)


What to Do This Weekend: Gwangju Live, Kimchi Festival, and A 90’s Fundraiser!

Hello Gwangju!

Need something to do this weekend? Well that’s exactly why the Gwangju Blog is here for you! Let’s see what’s happening in our city.

Thursday, Novmeber 16th

Courtesy of Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of Zumba with Thando

Thursday night in Gwangju means a healthy start to the weekend with Zumba at the GIC. Zumba is a fun cardio class that is open to any level. It takes place at 7 p.m., and is led by Gwangju resident, and certified Zumba instructor Thando Mlambo. Make sure you wear comfy clothes, bring a towel, and a bottle of water because you’re going to need it. You’ll feel energized and ready to take on the weekend! For more details, please go to the Facebook event page here.

Friday, November 17th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

The only weekly open mic night in Gwangju takes place on Friday nights, and it happens at Loft 28. If you would like to perform, all you have to do is come and bring your own instrument, Loft will provide the rest. Another bonus to performers is that you will receive one free drink. There’s some terrific local talent here in town, so go to Loft 28 tonight to support them! If you need more details, please go to their Facebook page. Open mic will begin at 11 p.m. Loft isn’t the only place to hear live music tonight. At Speakeasy they will be having another edition of their popular Gwangju Live series. Former resident Art Cowles will be performing tonight. He’s on tour to promote his album, The Astronaut. The music will begin sometime after 10 p.m., and they will have happy hour specials until 11 p.m. For more info, please go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Saturday, November 18th

Courtesy of the GIC Talk Series

Courtesy of the GIC Talk Series

This weekend’s art class at the GIC will be another female figure drawing class. The class will begin at 12:45 p.m., and the model will arrive at 1 p.m. Once the model arrives the doors will be locked for their privacy. The cost for the class is only 10,000 won, and materials will be provided (you are encouraged to bring your own). For more details about the class, please check out the Facebook event page. Today’s class is being led by Jen Lee. Later on at the GIC they will be holding their weekly lecture series. Today’s topic will be a special one as participants from this past week’s Youth Culture Forum Camp will talk about their experiences during the forum. The talk will begin at 4 p.m., and go for about an hour. If you need more information, you can go to their Facebook page here. You can also go to the GIC’s homepage for more info about both events.

Just about every city in Korea is famous for something, and for Gwangju it’s that side dish that goes with everything-kimchi! The Gwangju Kimchi Festival began yesterday on the 17th, and it runs through until tomorrow. There will be cooking experiences, a market, an art gallery, and many more events. For complete info, please follow this link. There’s also the main site that you can check out, but the information is in Korean only.

Courtesy of the GPP

Courtesy of the GPP

If you missed the chance last weekend to see the GPP‘s production of The Taming of the Shrew, don’t worry because you still have three more chances to see it this weekend! To get your tickets in advance, you must email: before 5 p.m. on Friday, November 17th. They will also have tickets available at the door. For complete information, please go to their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Gwangju Animal Shelter Volunteers

Courtesy of Gwangju Animal Shelter Volunteers

Tonight there will be another fundraiser for our four legged friends, and for the second year in a row there is a 90’s theme! It’s time for the 2nd annual “Who Let the Dogs out?” 90’s dance party fundraiser! It all takes place at Speakeasy starting at 10 p.m., and it will be a fantastic way to raise money for the local animal shelter. Get together your best 90’s costume for the contest, and enjoy some jello shots as you dance to the best tunes of the era. The cover is only a 3,000 won donation, but you can always give more if you want. For all the details about the party, please go to the Facebook event page here.



Open Call for Entries



The 5th audition for GFN Listener DJ will be launched

on December 16th at the GFN studios.

Come show us what you got or what you don’t got!

You can be an official GFN DJ for one-month music program “VIVA DJ”.

No Experience necessary and all applicants will be considered regardless of age or nationality.

But good English skills needed.

To sign up, please send your application form to

Application deadline is December 14.


GFN에서 “청취자 라디오 진행자”를 공개 모집합니다.

GFN 음악 프로그램 진행에 관심이 있고

진행에 무리가 없는 영어실력을 갖춘 분이라면

나이, 성별, 국적, 경력에 관계 없이 누구나 지원하실 수 있습니다.

오디션을 통해 선발된 진행자는

한 달 동안 VIVA DJ 음악 프로그램을 책임지고 이끌어가게 됩니다.

매월 새롭게 선정된 청취자 진행자가 출연해서

지역에서 살아가는 소소한 일상과 음악을 소개합니다.

청취자 여러분의 많은 관심과 참여 부탁드립니다.


□ Application Period : from 17th of November to 14th of December

□ How to apply : please download the application form from the GFN

                       homepage and send it to



□ First Announcement of the Qualifiers : 15th of December

□ Audition Date : Saturday, 16th of December (Afternoon)

□ Final Announcement : Tuesday, 5PM, 19th of December


□ Host(DJ) fee will be paid under the GFN rule after one-month show.

Contact : 062-460-0944 /