Story by: Rajnesh Sharma, Photos by: Belle Nachmann
For the first time ever, the highly anticipated Rubber Seoul charity concert will fall on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1. Little Travellers Korea has been organizing Rubber Seoul since 2008 with the aim to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS, provide education on safe sex and raise money for the Hillcrest AIDS Center in South Africa.
According to Jenny Maxwell, one of the organizers of Rubber Seoul, last year’s event was attended by approximately 750 supporters and raised 9.3 million won.
“Rubber Seoul is a great night with fantastic music,” Maxwell said. “We’ve always stood out as we’ve always had a solid line-up of some of Korea’s best musicians.” This year is no different. Bands include Angry Bear, The Rub, Magna Fall, Love X Stereo, The Studs Lonigan Experience and Harry Big Button. It will go down at some of Hongdae’s hottest venues: Club FF, Club TA, Freebird, Gogos 2 and DGBD. The aim is to attract as many supporters as possible and raise over 8 million won.
Little Travellers Korea is operated by a group of individuals who desire to help ease the burdens of HIV/AIDS in the highly infected African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Over 40 percent of the adults in the region have contracted the life-threatening disease. Little Travellers Korea is determined to aid those in need.
This year the group has raised 1.4 million won through organized community events such as the Photo Scavenger Hunt. The most popular event, Rubber Seoul, is expected to be the biggest initiative of the year.
“We like to joke ‘Little Travellers brings people together,’ but it really does,” Maxwell said. “You get to meet these fantastic, like-minded people, out to have a good time and help a great cause, and who come from all walks of life. And it’s just such an excellent opportunity to meet new people.” Maxwell met her boyfriend at a previous Rubber Seoul and the two are now its main organizers.
Little Travellers Korea is seeking up to 100 volunteers. Working on a rotational basis, volunteers will get a chance to help out at the door and with sales and promotional duties.
An all-night entry pass to the five venues costs 10,000 won. All participants will receive a gift of a beautifully beaded doll; also known as Little Travellers, the dolls were made at the Hillcrest AIDS Center by South African crafters. Today they symbolize the opportunity to raise money and awareness for those who are affected by HIV/AIDS.
“I’ve been to all the Rubber Seoul events since 2008, and the thing I like most about them is the sense that everyone’s there for this great cause and to support it,” said Maxwell. “You see everyone dancing and outside wearing their dolls and there’s just such a brilliant sense of fun about the night.” All profits from Rubber Seoul will be donated to the Hillcrest AIDS Centre.
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Club FF, Club TA, Freebird, Gogos 2 and DGBD
Angry Bear, The Rub, Magna Fall, Love X Stereo, The Studs Lonigan Experience and Harry Big Button