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What to Do This Weekend: Gwangju Live, A Lantern Festival, and an Annual Performance!

Hello Gwangju!

It’s the final weekend in April, and for some it’s a long one! Let’s see what’s happening in Gwangju!

Friday, April 28th

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Gwangju Live is back at Speakeasy this Friday night! Is it Jazz? Is it rock? No, it’s Irish music played by Koreans! Some of the best Irish music I’ve heard here in this country has been performed by Koreans. The name of the group playing tonight is Garuseebong, and I’ve been told that they’re great craic! (good fun in Gaelic) The show begins at 10:30, and you’ll still have enough time to take advantage of happy hour, which runs until 11. For more details about this show, and other Gwangju Live gigs, please check out Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Saturday, April 29th

Courtesy of the Gwangju Art Class

Courtesy of the Gwangju Art Class

Have you been missing the Saturday art class at the GIC? Well don’t worry budding artists because it’s back this weekend! Today’s class will focus on female figure drawing. The class is open to all levels, so don’t worry about your artistic talent. 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 her privacy (the model will be nude). The fee for the class is only 10,000 won, and materials will be provided (you can bring your own if you want to). The class will run unto 3:00 p.m. For more details about the class, please go to their Facebook event page. For directions to the GIC, please go to their homepage. The class will be led by local artist Jen Lee.

Courtesy of the Bitgoeul Lantern Festival

Courtesy of the Bitgoeul Lantern Festival

The Bitgoeul Lantern Festival will be taking place all day today in front of the Asia Culture Center (ACC). There will be traditional cultural experiences, food, musical performances, and a lantern parade. The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m., and go until the evening. For more information about what is going on, you can check out the Facebook event page here (info is in Korean, but there are details translated in English on the Facebook Gwangju page).

Courtesy of V-Day Gwangju

Courtesy of V-Day Gwangju

For the past six years now the V-Day Gwangju group has been working to help stop violence against women. Every year they put on a production of Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues, and this year’s performances are happening this weekend. A wonderful cast of international actresses will be performing in what has become an annual showcase here in Gwangju. This year’s performance is also a first for V-Day Gwangju-they’re raising money for a single women’s shelter here in town. Please support a great cause by watching any of the three performances happening this weekend: Saturday at 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. The play will take place at 궁동예술 극장, which is located on art street. For more details about the play, please go to their Facebook event page.

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

This Saturday is ladies night at Loft 28, but it’s a special one happening tonight. In conjunction with V-Day Gwangju, Loft will be raising money for the single women’s shelter mentioned above. Saturday night is always great at Loft, and now it’s for a terrific cause as well. Do ladies still get a free bottle when they make a reservation of three or more? Of course they do! So after seeing The Vagina Monologues downtown, head out to Loft 28! Ladies night begins at 11 p.m., and if you need more info then you can go to their Facebook page here.

Enjoy your weekend Gwangju!