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What to Do This Weekend: Open Mic, World Youth Festival, and Live Music!

Hello Gwangju!

There’s a lot happening this weekend, so let’s see what are your options!

Thursday, August 3rd

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

The best way to start your weekend in Gwangju? The answer to that question is Zumba at the GIC! You can get a great workout this Thursday night at the with the weekly Zumba class.  Zumba is a cardio class that is open to everyone, from beginners to advanced participants. Make sure you wear some comfy workout clothes, bring a towel, and a bottle of water to help you cool off. The class begins at 7 p.m., and is led by experienced instructor Thando Mlambo. For directions to the GIC, please go to their website. You can also get more details about the class by visiting their Facebook event page here. This class will be the last one before a short, summer break. Classes will resume on August 31st.

Friday, August 4th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

Open Mic nights are very popular in Gwangju, and the only weekly one in town is tonight at Loft 28. Those people who are interested in performing only have to bring their own instrument, Loft will provide everything else. Another incentive to participate is that you will receive one free drink! If you need more details, then you can go to Loft’s Facebook page. Open mic night will begin at 10 p.m.

Bottomless draft beers and bottomless cocktails? Yes please!  Tequilaz’s bottomless drink specials are back, and they are proving to be very popular. Bottomless draft beers are available  for 12,000 won, and rail cocktails are only 20,000 won during the same period. For more details about both of these great specials, check their Facebook page. Don’t forget to check out the tasty menu of  Mexican food which goes great with all those drinks.

Saturday, August 5th

Courtesy of the World Youth Festival

Courtesy of the World Youth Festival

The World Youth Festival will take place in Gwangju from the 4th to the 6th, but today will be the main day of activity. You can start by sampling food from India and Bangladesh downtown at the ACC (Asia Culture Center). Delicious food from both countries will be available to try, and the best part is that prices are all under 3,000 won! Just some of the dishes that will be on sale include curry, chicken tikka, and porota. If you would like more information about what food is being offered, then please check out the Gwangju page on Facebook.

In the evening the World Youth Rock and DJ Festival will be taking place at the ACC. There will be six bands and two DJs that will be performing. Among the bands that are playing are new local favorites CCTV. One of the DJs that will be spinning at the concert has one of the best names in my opinion: Goat the Funky! It is sure to be an eclectic collection of music that will be played in downtown Gwangju. The concert begins at 8 p.m., and will go on until 11 p.m. The performances will be at the ACC Youth Lounge stage. The best part about this night of music is that it is free! So take part in these World Youth Festival activities this Saturday at the ACC.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

If you enjoy CCTV at the music festival then you will get a second chance to see them tonight when they perform at Speakeasy. They’ll be taking the stage at 10:30 p.m. for their own headlining set. After you enjoy the festival, head to Speakeasy for some great rock and roll, and of course their fantastic drinks. For more info about the show, please go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

  • Kelly Palmer Kim

    Members of the Gwangju Performance Project will be performing Friday night from 9 to 10!