The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shenzhen

By That's Shenzhen, July 8, 2019

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


Until Jul 11: ON/OFF Parking Lot Project

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Finding art in unexpected places can be a delightful discovery. OCT Loft has invited 13 groups of artists to paint in parking lots, with the goal of repurposing a utilitarian space into a vibrant public meeting space. “Different from other public spaces, a parking lot is a space defined by the management of urban traffic order. This space is both private and public, contradictory and coexisting,” said Zhu Decai, curator of the ON/OFF exhibition. This is the last week the exhibition is running. Don’t miss out! 

Until Jul 11, all day; free entry. OCT Loft. See event listing


Thu-Sun, Jul 11-21: Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical 

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Hilarious, thoroughly entertaining and fun for all ages – Roald Dahl’s Matilda comes to life this month at Shenzhen Poly Theatre. Recipient of over 90 international awards, this musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company is smart and quirky. Don’t miss out! 

Thu-Sun Jul 11-21, 7.30pm; RMB280-1,280. Shenzhen Poly TheatreSee event listing. Tickets.


Fri, Jul 12: Latin Fusion Summer Party

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You are cordially invited to the Summer Latin Fusion Dancing Party hosted by ReNice and supported by the Korean, French, Spanish and British Chambers of Commerce! Meet and interact with over 120 members from the all over the world, while sipping on wine and nibbling on fine finger foods. The dress code is gold, so come dressed to impress on what will be a fantastic night. Be prepared to be dazzled by professional dancer Jhon, a Columbian champion Salsa dancer and Goldie and Alina, founders of Gold Danze Studio in Shenzhen.

Fri Jul 12, 7.30pm-12am; RMB100 members, RMB150 nonmembers. ReNice Shenzhen Medical Beauty Hospital. See event listing



Sat, Jul 13: French National Day

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Promoted as one of the most anticipated events for South China’s French nationals each year, French National Day 2019 will be a lively and eventful evening for locals and expats alike. The gathering will serve as a platform for guests to communicate with executives from international companies, as well as other prominent members of the French and Chinese communities. With a significant media presence and many businesspeople in attendance, the French National Day event provides an excellent opportunity for networking and the potential to forge new professional partnerships. Exquisite French cuisine and Chinese dim sum will be in abundance throughout the evening and, of course, a selection of French wines to pair. Between the food and drinks, the ambiance and live music performed all night long, everyone is sure to feel ‘the love of the French’ throughout the event. You may even feel like you’re in France for a few hours.

Sat Jul 13, 6pm-11pm; RMB250 members, RMB380 nonmembers. Residence G Shenzhen. See event listing


Fri-Sun, July 12-14: French Musical: Romeo and Juliette 

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Touring around the world for more than 15 years, Romeo and Juliette, with music and lyrics by Gérard Presgurvic, arrives in Shenzhen this week! The musical takes a Shakespearian classic and puts a modern spin on the tale. The story of two star-crossed lovers is expressed through a fusion of classical dance mixed with hip hop (yes, you read that right). To note, the show will be performed in French and accompanied by Chinese subtitles. 

Fri-Sun Jul 12-14, various times; RMB280-1080. Nanshan Cultural and Sports CenterSee event listingTickets


Sat, Jul 13: Bastille Day at Terrace

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Festive Francophiles, come celebrate Bastille Day at Terrace in Sea World! All champagnes and cognac will be 10% off. Rock out with a special Bastille Day performance by TAS (Terrace All Stars) who are a collection of amazing musicians that will cover Ray Charles, Black Eyed Peas, Etta James, Lady Gaga, Nirvana and The Black Keys, as well as a wide selection of Mandarin pop/rock. Lastly, come early, as the first 50 guests also get a free glass of Proseco!

Sat Jul 13, 10pm-4am; RMB200 all you can drink. Terrace Restaurant & BarSee event listing


Until Jul 14: Ron English: English Translations Series

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The first stop of The Celebrated Prankster and Godfather of Street Art is in Shenzhen at the Pop Art Space, Q-Plex! In this new series, Ron English reimagines icons of pop culture through the prism of his unique hyper-surrealistic mind. The brush strokes of his old contemporary Jean-Michel Basquiat morph into flames revealing an internal alien behind the expressionistic facade, an obsessively cute elephant grows monarch ears, evolution turns the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex into a 40-foot dinosaur/chicken hybrid and mascots of cartoon culture grin with such abandon they reveal their inner selves. ‘English’ becomes a language where everything is at once soothingly familiar and jarringly foreign. 

Until Jul 14, 11am-7pm (Tue-Fri), 11am-9pm (Sat-Sun); free entry. Pop Life Art Space. See event listing


Until Jul 15: Watch Live Games at McCawley’s 

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Cheer on your favorite teams and have a beer or two at McCawley’s in Futian. It’ll be your stop to catch the ICC Cricket World Cup until July 15. There are daily themed food and beverage specials from 3-10pm. Come check it out! 

Until Jul 15, see game times; free entry. McCawley'sSee event listing


Until Sep 20: Frozen Exhibition at OCT Harbour

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Need a retreat from the hot, humid Shenzhen summer? Perfect for the whole family, a Frozen-themed exhibition based on Disney's Academy Award-winning film is now on at OCT Harbour. Visitors will not only be immersed in replicas of Arendelle Square, Wandering Oaken's shop, the frozen forest and Elsa's ice palace from the movie, but also get to view drafts of the animation. Fun fact, 50 effects and lighting artists worked together behind the scenes to create the continuous shot, in which Elsa builds her breathtaking ice palace while singing ‘Let It Go.’  

Daily until Sep 20, 10am-10pm; RMB88 early bird, RMB158 standard. Creative Exhibition Center. See event listing


Until Sep 30: Southeast Asian Cuisine at Kempinski Hotel 

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Seasons Restaurant at the Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen has unveiled a new menu inspired by the flavors from the warm, hospitable, tropical region of Southeast Asia. From July 1 to September 30, every Friday to Sunday evening, Kempinski invites you to enjoy a mouthwatering Southeast Asian feast. There will be dishes such as karabu ayam, Thai seafood salad, sambal nanas udang, Thai fried rice with pineapple floss, fried fish with Peranakan sauce, netted mango taro rolls, fish cake Thai style, tom yam gong soup, mango sago, nuomici, durian cheesecake and so on. 

Fri-Sun until Sep 30, 5.30pm-9.30pm. Seasons Restaurant. See event listing


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[Cover image via 247 Tickets, Unsplash, Popaganda, Kempinski Hotel]

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