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What to Do This Weekend: Trivia, a KOTESOL Conference, and Local Baseball!

Hello Gwangju!

It’s a busy weekend in town so let’s get to it.

Thursday, March 9th

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

After a long winter hibernation trivia night is back at Speakeasy! For those of you who are new in town it’s pretty simple: it costs 5,000 won to play, and you can have up to four people to a team. Teams play eight rounds, with second place getting their money back, and first place wins the rest of the pot. There will also be free shots for a perfect round.  For more information, and directions to Speakeasy, please follow the link to the Facebook event page. Trivia begins at 10 p.m.

Friday, March 10th

Live music dominates the night with two great locations to go to. First, it’s the weekly Open Mic Night at Loft 28. If you want to perform for an appreciative crowd, just bring your own instrument (Loft has it’s own sound system and mic). Open Mic Night starts at 10 p.m., but make sure to get there early so you can try some of the delicious food off their menu. For more details, please go to Loft’s Facebook page. This Friday will see the start of a new series of shows at Speakeasy called Gwangju Live. It all kicks off with a performance from Daniel Wallace, a regular at many open mic nights in town. So come on down and enjoy some great drink specials before Daniel starts his set at 10:30. It’s good to see the live msuic options in Gwangju are growing! For more details, please go to Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

Saturday, March 11th

Courtesy of Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL

Courtesy of Gwangju-Jeonnam KOTESOL

The Gwangju chapter of KOTESOL is holding one of it’s biggest events this Saturday at Gwangju National Univ. of Education-it’s annual chapter conference. There will be a plenary by Dr. Eric Reynolds from Woosung University in Daejeon, followed by over a dozen presentations. It will be one of the best ways this year to maximize your professional development skills, and to meet and network with fellow English teachers. For complete details about the conference, please follow this link. You can also get information about the conference by visiting the chapter’s Facebook page. Registration begins at 12 p.m., and the conference will go until 6 p.m.

Before the KOTESOL conference make sure you get down to the GIC for the 7th “Swap, Don’t Shop” event. All the funds raised from this event will go to support the GIC and it’s programs. These events are always successful, so make sure you arrive when the doors open at 10 a.m. For more info about “Swap, Don’t Shop”, please check out their Facebook event page.

Courtesy of the Gwangju Bombers

Courtesy of the Gwangju Bombers

Even though we had snow earlier in the week, spring temperatures are in the forecast this weekend which means it’s great baseball weather. Please support Gwangju’s own local, international baseball team the Bombers by watching them play during the month of March. The field location is here: 광주광역시 북구 동림동 106, and you can park under the bridge near the field. Check out the photo above for when the games begin. Cheer on your team Gwangju! For more details please contact:

Sunday, March 12th

Like playing with dogs? Need some exercise? Then you need to join the dedicated group of volunteers who go to a local animal shelter to walk and play with dogs. Please go to their Facebook event page for more info.

I told you it was busy! Next weekend we’ll have details about how you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Gwangju!