What's On in Guangzhou: December 2017

By That's PRD, December 1, 2017

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That's PRD takes a look at the best events of the month: 


Dec 2: Qiandeng Lake Music Festival

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Qiandeng Lake Music Festival is an annual cultural highlight in Nanhai District, Foshan. More than 30 bands from Guangzhou and Foshan competed in monthly contests from June to October to participate in the music festival. Now, five outstanding bands have been selected to perform on December 2. 

Starting at 11am, a food and flea market will be arranged this year. The music festival will also feature performances by famous Chinese bands.

Dec 2, 11am-9pm. Performing Arts Plaza, Nanhai Financial Park. See event listing


Dec 7-10: Teatro Delusio by Familie Floz

German theater company Familie Floz uses physical comedy, masks and improvisation to entertain audiences. Their productions are annual hits at both the Edinburg Festival Fringe and London International Mime Festival. Evocative and hilarious, Teatro Delusio is a masked production that is at the very pinnacle of the genre. It is, in the words of the Guardian, “Wordless and yet somehow so expressive, full of yearning and yet also filled with joy…”

Dec 7-10, 3pm/8pm; RMB180-580. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 10: WBO Guangzhou Stop

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This world-renowned boxing competition will stop in the city this month at the Guangzhou Asian Games Multiple-use Gymnasium. The event will see five matches among Chinese, Thai, Belgian and Filipino boxers. Buy tickets on Damai.com or by calling 1010 3721 before they sell out.

Dec 10, 7.30pm; RMB280-8,000. Guangzhou Asian Games Multiple-use Gymnasium. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 10: Eva Simons

Eva Simons’ single ‘Silly Boy,’ which was supposed to be a Rihanna demo featuring Lady Gaga, became a YouTube sensation when leaked onto the video site, getting over 5 million clicks. The Dutch singer will stage a performance at Hepburn Bar this month. Pop in for the party! 


Dec 10, 11pm-2.30am; RMB200. Hepburn Bar. See event listing


Dec 14-18: Michelin-Starred Chef Jeff Ramsey

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Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou welcomes American Michelin-starred Chef Jeff Ramsey for another special culinary experience at The Taikoo Lounge. The last promotion in May instigated an upsurge in the molecular tapas cooking style in the city. During this gastronomic showcase by Chef Jeff at The Taikoo Lounge, diners can expect to savour his unique creations including a seven-course lunch set menu and a nine-course degustation dinner menu, priced at RMB888 and RMB1,288 respectively. Dinner menus offer a choice of wine pairing at an additional charge. Each dining session is limited to only 12 guests.

Dec 14-18, 12.30-2pm, 6.30-8pm, 8.30-10pm; RMB888/1,288 plus 15 percent. The Takoo Lounge (Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou). See event listing


Dec 14-15: Lightwire Theater Presents Christmas Show 

Lightwire Theater, famous for its electroluminescent artistry, is celebrating Christmas in Guangzhou this year with a special production. Featuring puppetry-based, neon creatures, their one-of-a-kind productions tell poignant stories accompanied by imaginative scores, which are designed for audiences of all ages.

Dec 14-15, 8pm; RMB100-680. Guangzhou Friendship Theater. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 15: China Between Yesterday and Tomorrow 

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This exhibition showcases daily life in China during the 1950s as captured by the late Swiss photojournalist Fernand Gigon. The show is brought to passengers at Yuexiu Park Metro Station by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou together with Guangzhou Metro Group and Swiss Foundation for Photography in Winterthur. Some 60 black-and-white photos are being exhibited until December 15. 

Daily until Dec 15. Yuxiu Park Metro Station. See event listing


Dec 15-24: Jersey Boys 

Hailing from New Jersey, Italian-American rock group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons rose to fame in the mid-1960s and landed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the 90s. Their shining suits, slicked-back hair and signature crooning style make them icons of the generation. Hit songs like ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Walk Like a Man’ and – one of the most famous love songs of all time – ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ propelled the group to the top of pop music charts and allowed them to sell hundreds of millions of records worldwide. The Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys tells their story. 

Dec 15-24, 2.30pm/8pm; RMB399-1,299. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 16: The Color Run

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The famous Color Run, the world’s biggest running series, is called “the happiest 5 kilometers on earth,” for bringing people together to promote a healthy lifestyle. A total of 225 runs were held in 35 countries in 2015, four years after its inception. It’s not about speed nor ranking, but sharing joy with friends or strangers. Participants will receive a running package containing a T-shirt, headband, tattoo sticker, bag of colorful powder, colorful glasses and Color Run bag. 

Dec 16, 9.30pm; RMB228/288. Ersha Island Sports Park. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 16: Bravo Craft Beer Bar Crawl Guangzhou

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Organized by Bravo, and sponsored by That's, this bar crawl bash is guaranteed to be a blast. Starting at 2pm at Bravo, it will take craft beer lovers to Meyerbrau at Fisherman’s Wharf where the White Knight Belgian awaits, Phoebeer on Yanjiang Lu to taste the 020 IPA, Lazy Guys in Taojin to relish the Coffee Porter and Ergou Pub in Haizhu before returning to Bravo. Participants will be grouped into a team of 10, three of which will be asked to join in beer-drinking competitions, darts and other fun-filled games at each stop. While the winners will take home a grand prize, there will also be plenty of other prizes for each team.

Dec 16, 2-6pm; RMB190. Bravo. See event listing


Dec 17: Cheer Chen

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Adored for her pure and childlike voice, Taiwanese singer-songwriter Cheer Chen has captivated audiences with her cool serenity. Embarking on her career in 1996, Chen became an independent singer in 2003 and composed a number of her most popular songs – including ‘Travel is Meaningful’ and ‘After 17’ – soon after. Catch Chen’s acoustic concert at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall this month. 


Dec 17, 8pm; RMB380-980. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 17: Mourning Dawn

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Songs written by this French black-metal band are full of sorrow and despair, and they convey these emotions to their audience gracefully and without further ado. Their vocal and long riff resemble the brilliant Shining and Forgotten Tomb, for which they’ve established an increasing fan base across Europe. If you’re a black-metal fan, you won’t want to miss this performance in Guangzhou. 


Dec 17, 8.30pm; RMB70 presale, RMB90 at the door. SD Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 21-24: Guangzhou International Art Fair

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Last year’s edition of the Guangzhou International Art Fair attracted a total of 350 art organizations from 35 countries and 250,000 visitors. After six successful editions, this year’s fair is predicted to be better than ever and has expanded to include a variety of fields in both foreign and domestic markets.

Dec 21-24, various times; Price TBD. Hall C, Canton Fair Complex. See event listing


Dec 23: Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra

Founded in 1966, the Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra has been doing one thing only – recreating the legendary Strauss Orchestra of the days of Johann Strauss I, the initiator of a musical dynasty in the 19th century. Classic masterpieces such as ‘The Blue Danube,’ ‘Viennese Blood,’ ‘Radetzky March’ comprise the orchestra’s vast repertoire. 

Dec 23, 8pm; RMB180-1,100. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 24: Lisa Ono

Japanese-Brazilian Bossa Nova singer Lisa Ono was born in Sao Paulo and started experimenting with her voice and guitar at the age of 15. She soon rose to stardom in Japan and has been active on stages in New York City, Brazil and Asia ever since. As Xinghai’s Christmas gift, Ono’s Guangzhou concert will feature a repertoire of melodic songs with a bossa nova touch, such as ‘La vie en Rose’ and ‘Quizas, Quizas, Quizas.’

Dec 24, 8pm; RMB280-1,280. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets


Dec 24-25 & 31: Grand Christmas & New Year Buffet at The Market Café

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Ring in the festive season with your friends and family at The Market Café in Grand Hyatt Guangzhou. Give your taste buds a treat with premium seafood and special festive delicacies from the restaurant’s eight live cooking stations.

Sun-Mon Dec 24-25 & 31, 5.30pm; RMB1,188 (Dec 24), RMB688 (Dec 25), RMB699 (Dec 31), prices subject to 15 percent service charge. The Market Café (Grand Hyatt Guangzhou). See event listing


Dec 29: DJ Amadeus

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Sharing the stage with the likes of Swedish House Mafia and Tiesto, Dennis Ivanoff – better known by his stage name DJ Amadeus – is one of New York’s most notable house and progressive house DJs. For those not in the loop, New York’s DJ Amadeus will be hitting the decks at W Guangzhou’s Fei Bar this month. 
Read our interview with DJ Amadeus here.

Dec 29, 9pm-late. RMB100, including one drink. Fei Bar (W Guagnzhou). See event listing


Dec 31: Guangzhou New Year Countdown

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This year’s New Year countdown party at Haixinsha Island starts in the afternoon with carnival-esque activities such as graffiti shows and AR games. Hip-hop performances, as well as singing and dancing by Chinese stars, will start at 8.30pm. Come greet 2018 against the backdrop of the Pearl River and an illuminated Canton Tower

Sun Dec 31, 8.30pm; Price TBD. Haixinsha Island. See event listing


All month: Christmas Gift Packages

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Wish your friends a merry Christmas by gifting them Grand Hyatt Guangzhou’s homemade European cakes and pastries. Enjoy a warm Christmas day with the hotel’s Christmas turkey and ham, exclusively prepared by their culinary team and available only at the Pastry Shop in The Market Café.

All month; RMB750 for takeaway turkey for six persons. The Market Café (Grand Hyatt Guangzhou). See event listing


Jan 4-6: The Producers 

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Setting the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor, The Producers, a musical adoption of American comedian and producer Mel Brooks’ namesake film, has garnered a record 12 Tony Awards and seen a full house night after night. Come to the Guangzhou Opera House and laugh your heart out at this comical show where a scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway. 

Jan 4-6, 2.30pm/8pm; RMB380-980. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets


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