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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: gpptickets@gmail.com 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.