Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 14:00
Back again in November the Busan Foreign Culture Market is the place to find food and crafts from around the world while supporting local causes.
More details will be available nearer the time.
The Busan Foreign Culture Market is a monthly event which is run entirely by volunteers. It is an opportunity for people to come together in order to buy, share and sell home made and handcrafted items representing cultures from around the world.
At the core of BFCM is the mission to give back to our local community and support causes in need. Alongside fundraising for a number of charities we also operate a collection point for donations throughout the month (which are sent to both local and international charities and NGOs) and we support other events in Busan representing our core values of charity and sharing. The BFCM has grown extensively since we began in January 2015 and it continues to evolve.
We are always looking for new people to become involved whether as a stallholder or a volunteer helping organise and run the market so if you are interested please get in touch.
Where is the market held? At this stage the market is being held at 3 different bars along Gwangan Beach, Owl and Pussycat Brewery co., Beached Bar and HQ Gwangan. Please see our Market Location note for specific directions.
When is the next market? The market is held mid-late in the month on either a Saturday or Sunday, for example October 16th, November 19th, etc. We expect the December 2016 market to be held on the 17th or 18th, however this isn’t confirmed yet. The best way to find out about the next market is to like the Facebook page and wait for the announcement.
Is there an entry fee? No, the market is a free event.
The venues are bars... Is the market family friendly? Yes, absolutely! There is alcohol available at the bars, of course, but the market has a very relaxed, family friendly atmosphere.
Can I pay by credit card? No, this is a cash only event. There are ATMs located in a number of convenience stores along the beach.
What kind of items can I expect to find at the market?We strive to have a wide range of items and every market there is something new.Food items (correct as of the November Market): cakes, cupcakes, brownies, fudge, shepherds pie, sourdough bread, hummus and dips, pastrami, smoked meat sandwiches, sausages, sausage rolls, pies (sweet and savory), burritos, pastries, chai lattes and MORE.Non food items: soaps, candles, skin care, jewelry, bookmarks, crochet, greeting cards, and much MORE!
How can I be involved in future markets? Volunteers are an integral part of our event, please see the entry below for more info.If you would like to be a vendor at the next market, please send us a private message. Bear in mind that we try to have a wide variety of products available so you can not sell a product if it is too similar to something another vendor is already selling, i.e. we don’t want to have multiple stalls selling brownies, but we would consider including other baked goods. We would love to have more stalls representing different cultures, so please get in touch via private message if you wish to get involved.
How do I volunteer? We need a variety of volunteers to make the market work. Leading up to the event we need people to help sort through donations. On the day, we need people to sell raffle tickets, run the tombola (prize draw game), set-up, pack-down, and run the used clothing stall. The market is primarily a charity event. We support a number of local and international charities and non-profit organizations. Please contact us via private message if you’d like to get involved. If it's raining will the event be canceled? Never! The market will only be canceled in the event of a major disruption, natural disaster, alien invasion etc. Please check the market page and event page if you are unsure.
What items can I donate? (also where and when?) We accept donations of: clothing and footwear (only clean, non-stained, good quality items please), children’s clothing, toys and books, bedding (only clean, non-stained, good quality items please), toiletries (only unopened/sealed products please). We also have raffles and prize draws for charity, so we would love any new or good quality used items suitable for prizes. Also, we are connected with a local women’s shelter so donations of tinned food are also useful. Donations can be dropped off at Beached Bar in Gwangan during opening hours, please check their Facebook page for details. Items can be dropped off on the day of the market if you’re unable to come earlier.
What is the philosophy behind the market? As the name suggests, the Busan Foreign Culture Market is an event where the people of Busan can come together as a community and share food, crafts, clothing, and other unique items. The market is also a charity organization that supports various local and international groups. We collect items to donate to local shelters and other groups and also run raffles and prize draws which generate funds for our charities. Additionally, we offer charity groups and events a chance to participate in our event by providing them with a space to raise funds and awareness. Culture, Community, Charity.
Which charities are being supported by the market? We support a number of groups both in Busan and abroad and we also help facilitate donations for seasonal events such as the Busan Children’s homes Christmas gift drive and Christmas book drive. Charities and non-profits include: Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary (BAPS), Busan Children’s homes, Busan Women’s shelter, Dding Dong LGBT youth shelter and more. International: Educate a Child (Philippines, Nepal, Uganda).If you are running a charity event or organization in the area, we can support you by offering you a free table at the next market to collect donations or raise awareness of your cause. You will keep 100% of what you raise and we will support you through social media and any other practical means necessary.