What's On in Shenzhen: December 2017

By That's PRD, December 1, 2017

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

December 2: Mamonahi Theatre Presents The Grey Life, Relationship

Filled up on holiday cheer? How about a free stage production about modern-day consumerist unease? We buy, we consume and we remain unsatisfied as we destroy the planet – or so one piece is introduced. Mamonahi presents two immersive plays, The Grey Life and Relationship, examining modern life’s more existential questions.

Dec 2, 8pm; free entry. Shenzhen TheatreSee event listing.

December 2: Muzikbox Relaunch Party at Barber Shop


Muzikbox is back with a party featuring Li Weimin, who cut his teeth in Shenzhen's burgeoning electronic music scene in the 90s before playing festivals and founding his own label. There'll also be face painting and Super Nintendo, all for free if you share the flyer on WeChat.

Dec 2, 9pm; RMB20. Barber ShopSee event listing.

Dec 2-3: Sea World Arts Center Opening Events


Set up in collaboration with London’s V&A museum and designed by Maki and Associates – marking their architectural entrance into China – this new art center is holding a series of events open to the public. The opening day will include three exhibitions (two of which have an entrance fee) along with expert panels, guided tours, workshops, performances and outdoor concerts for all ages. Read more and register by following the official WeChat (DesignSociety).

Dec 2-3, 9am-6pm; free entry. Sea World Culture and Arts Center. See event listing.

Dec 2: G.E.M. at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center

In 2016 G.E.M. became the only Asian ranked on Forbes' 30 under 30 for music – an accomplishment that suits her career, which took root in Hong Kong before spreading to mainland China. After her first album in 2008, she has been behind a string of hits, playing guitar and keyboard in addition to singing on stage. 

Dec 2, 7.30pm; RMB680-RMB1,280. Shenzhen Bay Sports CenterSee event listing. Tickets.

Dec 8: Fazi at B10 Live

Not to be confused with the national socialist group of similar initials, this is a post-punk band formed in Xi'an in 2010. Their press material says their music is both angry and calm and will cause you to have emotions – but a YouTube search reveals a band with a practiced sound and a lead singer with stage presence. Fazi’s new album will be available for purchase, including on vinyl.


We're giving away tickets to this concert! Message our official WeChat account (ThatsShenzhen) at least three days before the show and tell us why you should win!

Dec 8, 8.30pm; RMB80 early bird, RMB100 door. B10 Live. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 9: Wang Feng at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center

Married early and often, Wang Feng is a legendary Chinese rock musician and composer, with his artistry crafting a series of iconic Chinese anthems like ‘Beijing, Beijing!’ and other hits you can likely hum, if not sing. Recently settling into a role as a coach on The Voice of China, Wang’s popularity as a singer and guitarist has only grown since.

Dec 9, 7.30pm; RMB380-1680. Shenzhen Bay Sports CenterSee event listingTickets.

Dec 9: Philharmonic of Wit at Shenzhen Concert Hall


This comedy project was created in 2005 in Poland to integrate classical music, pop music and comedy skits. Shows consist of classical music ‘presented in pop style’ to create a stage show unlike anything else in the world.

Dec 9, 8pm; RMB80-480. Shenzhen Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 9: Early Christmas Gathering at The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan


Santa will be popping in to give gifts to children at this family-friendly event. Food will be available and live entertainment will be provided. It’s an excellent chance to network while the children get some holiday cheer. Reservation by phone required to coordinate gifts.

Dec 9, 1.30-8.30pm; adults RMB280, under 12 RMB140, under six free. The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan. See event listing.

Dec 10: Romeo and Juliet at Children's Palace


TNT Theatre Britain is known for bringing original musical scores to classic plays – and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is no exception. Expect the lines you know and love coupled with toe-tapping tunes and world-class acting.

Dec 10, 8pm; RMB80-300. Shenzhen Children's Palace. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 13: ISNS Anniversary Celebration


Families of students at the ISNS are welcome to a ceremony marking 15 wonderful years of providing top-quality Canadian-style education. V.I.P. guests will include local officials and school founders. Contact admissions@isnsz.com for more information.

Dec 13. International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS). See event listing.

Dec 14: Bombino at B10 Live

Masterfully blending blues, jazz reggae and afrobeat with a twist of his native nomadic Tuareg people tunes. His career kick start began after a recording session with Keith Richards brought him stateside from his native Niger. In 2013, Bombino released Nomad, produced by the Grammy Award-winning Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. It debuted at number one on the Billboard World Music album chart. Come welcome him for his China debut.


We're giving away tickets to this concert! Message our official WeChat account (ThatsShenzhen) at least three days before the show and tell us why you should win!

Dec 14, 8.30pm; RMB80 early bird, RMB100 door.  B10 Live. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 16: MC Jin at Shenzhen Stadium

American-native MC Jin looked poised to make it big after dominating a televised freestyle battle stateside in 2002 – but follow-up albums left fans saying ‘meh’ rather than ‘more.’ The Cantonese king continued rapping and is now looking to make a splash in the Chinese market after being featured on a surprise hit Chinese-rap television show.

Dec 16, 8pm; RMB380-980. Shenzhen Stadium. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 16: Richard Clayderman at Shenzhen Concert Hall


Born Philippe Pagès, Clayderman encountered the piano early 
in life under the guidance of his musical father. By the age of six, Clayderman could read music more adeptly than his native French. At the age of 12, he was accepted
 into the Conservatoire de Paris. He has recorded over 1,300 melodies and remains one of the most prolific pianists in the world. 

Dec 16, 8pm; RMB480-880. Shenzhen Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 22-23: Swan Lake by the St. Petersburg Ballet


This stately ballet troupe will grace Shenzhen with their technically impressive rendition of Swan Lake. Russian ballet is defined by clean and simple movements that manage to avoid robotic motions and Swan Lake is the seminal Russian ballet performance.

Dec 22-23, 8pm; RMB480-880. Huaxia Arts Center. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 24: American Hollywood Film Orchestra


This cobbled-together act has been conducting China tours for years – somewhat motley and certainly merry, they are known to travel without instruments to save money, instead relying on local promoters to provide their tools of the trade. Come enjoy tunes you recognize – and a few you don’t – as clips are played on screen. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll hum along to songs you vaguely recognize. 

Dec 24, 8pm; RMB180-RMB680. Shenzhen Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 30: The New Philharmonia Hamburg New Year's Concert


The orchestra is one of the most outstanding of the new generation in Germany, with a focus on European styles ranging from the classical period to modernist chamber music. With more than a thousand concerts under its belt, the group’s purpose is to stir interest in classical music among people otherwise not interested.

Dec 30, 8pm; RMB180-1,580. Shenzhen Concert HallSee event listingTickets.

Jan 1: London Philharmonic Orchestra New Year's Concert


One of London’s greatest musical exports is touching down in Shenzhen for a concert set to ring in the new year. With a musical range comparable to the top orchestras on the European continent, don’t miss the chance to welcome 2018 on both high and low notes.

Jan 1, 8pm; RMB480-1,880. Shenzhen Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets.

Jan 3-4: Fame, the Musical


Now in Mandarin, this musical got its start stateside, based on a popular film. Watch the tribulations and listen to the tunes of high school students readying themselves to pursue the limelight.

Jan 3-4, 8pm;  RMB100-680. Shenzhen Grand Theater. See event listing. Tickets.

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[Images via universal-arts.co.uk, 247tickets.comyourmoney.comColombo Gazettebrighton-house.co.ukLA Times, pbs.org]

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