The 12 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's PRD, May 21, 2018

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That’s PRD takes a look at the best of the week: 

Tue, May 22: Serge Teyssot-Gay & Xie Yugang A Nano World China Tour


Xie Yugang, frontman of longstanding and well-respected Dalian post-rock group Wang Wen, teamed up with renowned French guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay for a collaboration album called A Nano World. The atmospheric record is lovely, ominous and otherworldly. Catch the two musicians together at T:union as part of their China tour to promote the album. 

May 22, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB150 at the door. T:union. See event listing. Tickets

Tue, May 22: Trivia Night for Animal Action 


Get your thinking caps on for a charity night of trivia and help Animal Action Guangzhou change lives! A donation of RMB100 gets you a beer from Brew Dog and the chance to snag some amazing prizes, which will be awarded to top teams and lucky draw winners. Sign up your team of 4-5 persons by messaging Holly on WeChat (ID: HollyinChina58).

May 22, 7pm; RMB100. Hooley's Irish Pub. See event listing

Until May 23: Buy Tickets to Guangzhou Loves Fusion Kitchen Party


This Sunday, Park Hyatt Guangzhou will play host to a Sunday Kitchen Party, a F&B event organized by the Wine People, wherein some of the city’s outstanding restaurants will set up live food stations to offer food and wine tastings. There will also be a cook off where participanting restaurants, including Social & Co., La Medina, Buongiorno Italian Restaurant, Slow Life and Wilber’s, will prepare their best dishes to present to a panel of judges. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Wilber Foundation. To buy tickets, contact Giulia on WeChat (ID: GiuliaBibi). Ticket sales end on May 23. 

Sun May 27, 12.30-3.30pm; RMB380 for adults (with one child less than 10 years old); RMB300 for children between 11 and 18 years old. Park Hyatt Guangzhou. See event listing.

Fri, May 25: Debussymania 


To mark 100 years since the death of French composer Claude Debussy, Debussymania will see two talented French pianists, Hugues Leclère and Jean-François Zygel, perform well-known Debussy pieces in both solo and duet improvisations. This must-see (or more appropriately: must-hear) concert is intended to introduce Chinese audiences to the magic of Debussy’s music and celebrate the man, who has been hailed as one of the most significant composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

May 25, 8pm; RMB80-380. Xinghai Conert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

Fri, May 25: Nerve Passenger 


This Shanghai-based psychedelic rock trio has been honing their previously melancholy sound into a mature and well-rounded post-rock vibe that's worthy of the national stage. Now, the group’s six-city tour is taking the magic to Guangzhou with an appearance at Panyu’s NT Livehouse.

May 25, 8.30pm; RMB60. NT Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Fri, May 25: Juntian Yunhe Music Group 

Juntian Yunhe is an instrumental ensemble who perform Chinese traditional music with the steady hands of seasoned professionals. Each of the band’s members boasts cultivation and education in traditional Chinese music and is an excellent solo performer in their own right. See them perform live at Guangzhou Opera House this weekend. 

May 25, 7.30pm; RMB80-680. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

Fri, May 25: 5-Kuai Beers Happy Hour


After a short hiatus, LN Hotel Five is bringing back its wildly popular Happy Hour offer, aka 5-kuai beers on the 5th, 15th and 25th of the month. Choose from a selection of five beers (imports and domestics) or enjoy a free flow of house wine at RMB55 per person, all while enjoying the unparalleled views of the Pearl River from LN Hotel Five’s recently remodeled rooftop bar. 

Jun 5, 15, 25 5.30-9.30pm; RMB5 for bottled beer, RMB55 for free flow wine. Bar 5 (LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou). See event listing

Sat, May 26: AmCham Studio 54 East Spring Ball


The now-defunct Studio 54 in NYC was formerly a world-famous, exclusive nightclub and disco from the 1970s that was favored by celebrities. Entrance was only admitted for those in style. Today, its golden times can only be witnessed in photographs. But, this weekend, AmCham South China’s spring ball will bring the legend of Studio 54 to town with a night filled with disco, confetti and extravaganza. For tickets, contact Ms. Wing Xian at or Ms. Joyce Hu at or call 8335 1476 ext. 12, 20. 

May 26, 7pm; RMB1,000. LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou. See event listing

Sat, May 26: Revel’s World of Shakespeare 

Written and performed by globally acclaimed actor Joseph Graves, Revel's World of Shakespeare is coming to Guangzhou this month. Drawing heavily on his considerable personal experiences with Shakespearean plays and extensive study of the plays’ articulations, Graves magically weaves a wildly comedic and deeply moving tale of childhood confusion and exploration, relating it all to the greatest of English writers, William Shakespeare. 

May 26, 7.30pm; RMB180-380. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

Sat, May 26: Castle in the Sky 


The classics of Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki come to life this weekend at the Xinghai Concert Hall in an audiovisual extravaganza. Performers from some of the country’s best conservatories will come together to deliver a sensational, family-friendly musical rendering of such pioneering anime legends as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and Valley in the Sky.

May 26, 8pm; RMB180-480. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

Sat, May 26: Lightwire Theater Presents: Dino-Light 

Lightwire Theater, famous for their electroluminescent artistry, is bringing their latest production to town. 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. In Dino-Light, a dinosaur is brought to life and learns the meaning of love.  

May 26, 3.30pm/7.30pm; RMB100-588. Guangdong Performing Art Center Theater. See event listing. Tickets

Sun, May 27: DuOud 2018 Revival Tour 

DuOud are composed of Tunisian-born Jean-Pierre Smadija and and Algerian-born master oud player Mehdi Haddab. Blending their North African heritage with the latest Western technology, the duo builds a musical cycle that looks to their African roots while absorbing and morphing contemporary music styles such as break beats, jazz grooves and metal guitar music. At the centre of it all is the oud and the prospects that it holds for inventiveness, creativity and versatility.

May 27, 8-9.30pm; RMB260 presale, RMB350 at the door. Zhile Art Space. See event listing. Tickets

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