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What to Do This Weekend: The Return of Zumba and Trivia, Open Mic, and Art!

Hello Gwangju!

It’s beginning to warm up which means that my favorite season in Korea is right around the corner! Let’s see what’s going on in Gwangju this weekend.

Thursday, March 8th

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of GIC Zumba with Thando

The long winter hibernation is over . . . for Zumba! It’s back tonight at the GIC, and I know a lot of people have been waiting for it’s return. You don’t know what Zumba is? Zumba is a fun cardio class that is open to all levels. It is led by certified instructor Thando Mlambo, and it is one of the best ways to get your weekend off to an early start. It starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes for about an hour. For more details, please check out their Facebook page.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Not only is Zumba back on Thursdays, but so is trivia night at Speakeasy. Trivia is 6 rounds of questions ranging from Movies, to music, and other topics. It only costs 5,000 won to play, and you can form a team of up to 5 people. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry, you can always find one to join. The second place team will get their money back, and first place will win the rest. This week the winning team will also get a 25,000 won bar tab! Trivia starts at 10:00 p.m., but make sure to get there early to take advantage of their happy hour specials. For more info about trivia night, please go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Friday, March 9th

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

There are a lot of chances to hear great local talent in town, but there’s only one place where you can go to weekly and that is Loft 28. Every Friday night they have an open mic night where anybody who wants to can perform. All you have to do is bring your own instrument, and Loft will take care of the rest. If you need more encouragement you’re in luck because all performers will get a free drink. If you want to perform, or just listen, then get to Loft 28 on Friday night. It all begins at 11:00 p.m., and if you want more information, then please check their Facebook page here.

Saturday, March 10th

Courtesy of GIC Talk

Courtesy of GIC Talk

Saturday is a busy day at the GIC. It all begins with art class which starts at 12:45 p.m. Today’s subject will be male figure drawing. The model will arrive at 1:00 p.m., and then the doors will be locked for their privacy. It only costs 10,000 won to join, and all materials will be provided for you. For more details, please go to their Facebook page. Since you’re already at the GIC, you might as well stick around for their Saturday Lecture series, which begins at 4:00 p.m. Today’s topic will be very timely: promoting men’s participation in the promotion of women’s rights. Today’s speaker is Naw Khoo, who comes originally from Myanmar. She’ll be talking about how her home country deals with this issue. The lectures are free to attend, and they go for about an hour. You can get more info by visiting their Facebook page, and you can get details about both events by going to the GIC’s own page.

Courtesy of Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL

Courtesy of Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL

The Gwangju Jeonnam chapter of KOTESOL will be holding their annual conference today at Gwangju National University of Education. Registration will begin at noon, and the opening ceremony is at 1:00 p.m. Starting at 2:00 p.m., there will be over a dozen concurrent sessions starting. The conference is a great way to boost your professional develpment, and you’re bound to find good ideas for your classroom. It’s also a fantastic way to network with other teachers. For complete details about the conference, please follow this link.  You can also get information by visiting the chapter’s Facebook page.

Sunday, March 11th

Looking for a fun way to wind down your weekend, as well as volunteer for a good cause? On Sundays a group of dedicated volunteers go to a local animal shelter to walk and play with dogs. If you would like to help out, then please check out their Facebook page.