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What to Do This Weekend: Live Jazz, Art Class, and Ladies Night!

Hello Gwangju!

The cherry blossoms are blooming, and the weather is getting warmer, so it’s time to head out and do something this weekend. Let’s see what’s going on in Gwangju.

Friday, April 5th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

If you’re looking for a place to hear live music, then you need to head to Loft 28! Tonight, starting at 9:00 p.m. they will feature live jazz music. Listen to some great your local musicians perform as you enjoy the atmosphere, as well as Loft’s menu of delicious food. If you need more details, please go to their Facebook page here. You can also find out about what else is happening at Loft 28. There aren’t a lot of chances to hear live jazz in Gwangju, so don’t miss out!

Saturday, April 6th

Courtesy of the GIC

Courtesy of the GIC

On the first and third Saturday of the month the GIC holds its popular art classes. This Saturday you will be able to paint your own painting of cherry blossoms! You can use water colors, and acrylic paints to make your own picture that you can then hang on your wall at home. The class will begin at 1:00 p.m., and go until 3:00 p.m. The cost is only 5,000 won, and all materials will be provided. If you need more information, please go to their Facebook page. The class will be led by local artist Lisa Casaus. Stick around at the GIC because they also have their Talk series on Saturday. Today’s lecture will be about the peace movement on Jeju island, and how one American ex-pat has been involved in it. The discussion will begin at 4:00 p.m., and it will go for about an hour. The GIC Talks are free to attend. For more details, please go to their Facebook page. For more about both activities, as well as what else is taking place at the GIC, please go to their site.

Courtesy of Dreamers Space

Courtesy of Dreamers Space

The Dreamers space at Daein Night Market is back after its winter break. Dreamers is a place where you can hear and see singers, musicians, dancers, and other artists. You can also shop for handmade jewelry while you’re there. Grab some food from the market, and then check out the Dreamers space for a great way to begin your Saturday night. For directions, and other info, please go to their Facebook event page here. Please support the Dreamers space and local musicians and artists. Entertainment will get started at 7:00 p.m.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Ladies, it’s your night this Saturday at Speakeasy. National recording artists Walking After U will be making their long awaited return to the Speakeasy stage. This all female rock group has some great videos you can check out on Youtube to get you ready for their awesome live show. Ladies night also means drink specials, and of course there are going to be some fantastic ones going on. They will have 2,000 won rail cocktails (no extra charge for mixers), and 5,000 won special house cocktails. The best thing? These specials will run from 7:00 p.m., until close. After the band is over the house DJ will play your favorites, and requests. For more details, please go to their Facebook page. Speakeasy is the place that’s gonna make your Saturday night rock!

Don’t forget!

Tickets are on sale now for the GPP’s annual Cabaret!


Cherry Blossom season us upon us and here are some places around town to check out the fantastic blossoms

  1. Uncheon Resevoir – closest subway is Uncheon/Honam univeristy station.


2. Gwangju Stream towards Sangmu area.


3. Jeonnam and Chosun Universities



4. The approach road to Gwangju Airport  & Jisan Family area in Donggu



5.Uchi Park and The park surrounding the Gwangju Biennale in Bukgu




The 2019 Gwangju World Aquatics Championship Organizing Committee held a ceremony to reveal a set of mascot statues at Seoul’s Yongsan Station.

Some 200 people attended the ceremony including Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong Seob, Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon and more. The event is also less than 100 days away.

Also, on Wednesday, they will hold another ceremony to open mascot statues at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Offline sales for event tickets are also now available at most KTX stations around the country.

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The GWANGJU FRINGE FESTIVAL is in search of performers to take part in stages at that will extend from April 20th to October 26th.

Any artists who can deliver a 10 to 30 minute performance are eligible to apply.

Applications will be reviewed by a group of  expert judges in regards to their reflection of the event’s theme, artistic value and performance execution capability.

The City will provide performance fees, sound effects, instruments, promotion and other necessary aid to the selected performers.

Anyone who wishes to participate can turn in their application to the Gwangju Cultural Foundation by April 16th.



Essentials with JD #520 ** ‘SSANG SSANG – WIN WIN’ DISCOUNT CARD**


Gwangju City held a ceremony earlier this month at City Hall, to celebrate the launching of the so called ‘Gwangju Win-Win Card’ to adopt the local currency system to boost the local economy.

The newly released cards have two types, one is the registered check card with the owner’s name and the other is an unregistered pre-paid card.

The card can be issued through its main agency, Gwangju Bank Branches, or the Gwangju Bank website and through its mobile application. The bank covers the cost of issuing and there is no annual fee for card holders.


The card can be used at some 90,000 smaller businesses in the city, however, it is not authorized when paying at department stores, big name stores, major supermarkets and adult entertainment establishments to prevent the outflow of local capital.

The City has proactively encouraged usage of the card by providing various benefits, such as 30% income tax deduction, double cashback savings, and discounts on Kia Tigers Games.