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What to Do This Weekend: Zumba, No Man’s Land, and Half Paddy’s Day!

Hello Gwangju!

We all should be getting back into our work routines, which means we’re all looking forward to the weekend! Let’s see what’s happening in Gwangju.

Courtesy of Zumba with Thando

Courtesy of Zumba with Thando

Thursday, Sept. 14th

A great way to start the weekend is with tonight’s Zumba class at the GIC. Wait, you don’t know what Zumba is? It is a fun filled cardio class that is open to all levels. The class begins at 7:00 p.m., and is taught by certified Zumba instructor Thando Mlambo. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing, bring a towel with you, and of course a bottle of water. For more information about the class, please click on the link for their Facebook page. Start things off on a good note with Thursday night Zumba!

Friday, Sept. 15th

Courtesy of bellybao

Courtesy of bellybao

Need an excuse to go out tonight? Don’t worry, I’ve got two great ones! Start your night with the bottomless drinks special at Tequilaz. For only 12,000 (cash only) you can enjoy all the draft beers you want. If you don’t like beer then they also have bottomless rail cocktails (again, cash only) for 20,000. Put them together with Tequilaz’s awesome Mexican food and you have a great night out with friends! If you need more information simply go to their Facebook page. There’s also a new restaurant in the myong dong neighborhood called Bellybao. Tonight is hip hop night, and it will run from 9 p.m., to 2 a.m. If you want more details about what’s going on, or want to find out more about what kind of food they serve, just go to the Gwangju page on Facebook, and type in “bellybao”.

Saturday, Sept. 16th

The Gwangju Design Biennale is going on now, and runs until the 23rd of October. It takes place at the Biennale hall, which is the same location where the art one is held. There are four main exhibition halls, as well as a number of other special events that are being held. Ticket prices start at 12,000 won for adults, and there are discounts for children, and groups. Check out some exciting design concepts at this year’s Biennale! For more details, please go to their website: gdb.or.kr ( information is in both English and Korean).

Courtesy of the GPP

Courtesy of the GPP

The Gwangju Performance Project (GPP) is proud to present No Man’s Land. This mixed media production expresses the rise and fall of mankind through dance, poetry, music, and visual media. The production is directed by Thando Mlambo. There will only be three shows this weekend-today at 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., and tomorrow at 3 p.m. Reserved ticket prices are 10,000, and they are 12,000 at the door. To reserve your tickets all you have to do is email gpptickets@gmail.com. For more information about the performance, you can also go to their Facebook event page.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until March, so that’s why this weekend Speakeasy is celebrating Half Paddy’s Day. Yes, it really is a thing! There will be Guinness on tap (probably the only place in town to get it), free(!) green jello shots, and many other drink specials throughout the night. Will there be live entertainment? Of course there will be, and it will be provided by one of Gwangju’s most entertaining bands, 4tae. Drink specials, live music, and enough good craic to hold you over until March 17th is going on tonight at Speakeasy starting at 10:30! For more details, please go to their Facebook page here.

Sunday, Sept. 17th

On Sundays a dedicated group of volunteers head to a local animal shelter to walk and play with dogs. Last weekend was their biggest yet-18 volunteers! Help them break the record today, and get some fresh air in the process! For more details, please go to their Facebook page.