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What to Do This Weekend: Ice skating, Indie Films, and Swing Dancing!

Hello Gwangju!

All this talk about a “bomb winter cyclone” in the U.S. makes our winter weather seem very tame in comparison! Let’s see what you can do during the first weekend of 2018.

Friday, January 5th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

Celebrate the new year by listening to some great local talent at Gwangju’s only weekly open mic night at Loft 28. If you are interested in performing all you have to do is bring your own instrument, and Loft will provide the rest of the equipment. Performers will also receive a free drink to give them some more encouragement. While you’re at Loft you should check out their menu of home cooked food which has gotten rave reviews from the citizens of Gwangju. For more details about open mic night, please go to their Facebook page. The show begins at 11 p.m. It’s a new year, but it’s the same great drink specials that are happening at Tequilaz tonight. Unlimited draft beers for only 12,000 won (cash only), and unlimited rail cocktails for 20,000 won (again, cash only). It’s not wise to drink on an empty stomach, so check out their delicious menu of Mexican favorites. If you need any more info, please go to their Facebook page. The specials run from 9 p.m., to midnight.

Saturday, January 6th

Courtesy of City Hall

Courtesy of City Hall

You have until the end of the month to enjoy ice skating at the city hall rink. Hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m. to just before 8:30 p.m. Weekdays hours are 10 a.m. until just before 6 p.m. It only costs 1,000 won to use the rink, and that includes the rental of skates. If you’re looking for something fun to do, that’s also great exercise, then head to the ice rink at city hall!

Courtesy of Gwangju Cinema

Courtesy of Gwangju Cinema

You know that we have a lot of multiplexes in Gwangju, but do you know that the oldest theater in town is an arts cinema? The Gwangju Cinema shows the latest indie hits, foreign films, and Korean movies. Currently showing are award season favorites A Ghost Story (starring Oscar winner Casey Affleck), and Good Time, which is getting great reviews due to the acting of Robert Pattinson. To find out about all the movies that are playing there, please click on the link for their Facebook page.

swing dance

They say that everything old is new again, and that is definitely the case this weekend in Gwangju. A new swing dance class will begin today. The swing dance craze lives on here in Gwangju, and you can be a part of it. There will also be lessons for different types of dances as well. If you would like more info, then just follow this link to a post on the Gwangju Facebook page. You can also see the picture above the post for more details.