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What to Do This Weekend: Recollection Festival, Scary Movies, and Live Music!

Hello Gwangju!

It’s getting cooler, which means that fall is upon us. At least we don’t have to deal with all that pumpkin spice craziness! Let’s see what’s happening this weekend in our city.

Thursday, Oct. 19th

Courtesy of Visit Korea

Courtesy of Visit Korea

There are a lot of festivals that are held in the fall, and one of the biggest is the 7080 Recollection Festival. This event runs through the 22nd, and is located downtown and the ACC. There is something for everybody to enjoy at this festival: parades, musical performances, food and drink, games, and a lot more. The theme of the festival is Gwangju during the 70’s and 80’s. It’s also a great place to take the whole family to. For more details about the festival, you can click on this link. You’ve got four days to enjoy all the festivities, so go downtown and check it out!

Friday, Oct. 20th

Courtesy of the Gwangju Movie Club

Courtesy of the Gwangju Movie Club

If you’re a fan of scary movies, then you’re going to want to check out the Gwangju Movie Club’s second night of horror films. They will be showing the romantic/horror comedy Warm Bodies; the modern Korean classic, A Tale of Two Sisters; and Wes Craven’s 1984 classic which unleashed Freddy Krueger into our dreams, A Nightmare on Elm Street. The scary fun begins at 7:00 p.m., and there will be snacks and drinks to purchase. To find out more information, including where the venue is, please check out their Facebook event page.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Tonight’s going to be a busy night for live music in our city! First up, Gwangju Live is back at Speakeasy. Andrew Vlasbom and Eden Jones will be performing. You’ve probably seen them playing before in other groups, but they are a great combo as well. They will take the stage around 10 p.m., and happy hour specials will run until 11 p.m. For more details, you can check out their Facebook page. At Loft 28, which is located near the Chonnam University back gate, they will be holding their third open mic contest. The past two have been very successful, so come and down and see some of the best local talent that Gwangju has. For more details about the contest, go to their Facebook page. The contest begins at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21st

Courtesy of the Gwangju Art Class

Courtesy of the Gwangju Art Class

Today’s art class at the GIC will be about making sketchbooks. The class will start with some basic bookmaking techniques, and then participants can create their own. All materials will be provided, but you can also bring your own as well (if every participant could bring a piece of cardboard, this would be very helpful). The cost of the class is only 10,000 won, and it will be led by talented artist,  Áine Byrne. For more info about the class, click on this link for their Facebook page.

Sunday, Oct. 22nd

On Sundays a very dedicated group of volunteers gather at a local animal shelter to walk and play with dogs. If you would like to help then they would love to have you! For more details, please go to their Facebook page.

The second round of auditions for this year’s GPP Cabaret are taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the GIC. If you would like to try out, then find out all the information that you need at the GPP’s Facebook page.