What's Up Guangzhou: May 15-21

By That's PRD, May 15, 2017

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

May 16: Idea Exchange 


In almost all business fields, we see super talented professionals only opting to work for others. Though few of them would find it hard to start their own business, the majority lack the will and courage to take risks. 

Shivi Sabharwal, a member of the Indian community in Guangzhou, started in business when he turned 15. It’s been 37 years. Over the last 10 years, after many ups and downs, his trading company has grown from two to 37 employees. He has succeeded in Guangzhou from literally no money in hand. 

Don't miss this chance to hear from Sabharwal what it takes to be successful in business. 

May 16, 8pm; RMB30 (RMB10 if producing student cards). E coffee. See event listing

May 16: Taco Tuesdays at Tristan's Calmex Restaurant and Bar


Guangzhou’s premier taco/burrito eatery does it big every Tuesday evening with Taco Tuesdays! Enjoy all-you-can-eat chicken, pork or vegetarian tacos for the bargain price of RMB50. 

May 16, 5pm; RMB50. Tristan's Calmex Restaurant and Bar. See event listing

May 16-17: Pulitzer Prize Winner Geraldine Brooks Guangzhou Book Tour


To find success as a writer in any given field is a precious rarity; to find success in more than one is a feat of near mythic proportions. Australian writer Geraldine Brooks began her career as a journalist working as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal where she spent six years reporting from conflict areas around Egypt, Eritrea, Iran, Israel, Jordan and elsewhere. This led to her first book, a clear-eyed and compulsively readable piece of narrative journalism called Nine Parts of Desire, which profiles the Muslim women Brooks met while working abroad.

Now at work on her next novel, Brooks will make her way to China for a series of book talks with Australian Writers Week. Her last visit to China was 11 years ago with her son, but she’s well-read in Chinese literature and is a fan of Mo Yan and Ha Jin. 


Geraldine Brooks: At Home in the World, Tue May 16, 7-8pm. UN Bookstore.

Writing for the Human Heart: Geraldine Brooks in Conversation with Li Lanni, Dai Fan and Wei Wei, Wed May 17, 9.30-11am. Guangdong Literature and Art Centre.

Geraldine Brooks: Hearing the Unheard in Journalism and Historical Fiction, Wed May 17, 7-8.30pm. Sun Yat-sen University, School of Foreign Languages.


In Conversation with Geraldine Brooks, Thu May 18, 10-11.30am. Foshan Library

May 18-21: The 7th Guangzhou Art Trade Fair


With three halls – International, Classic and Collections – this year’s edition of the GATF is offering world-class art works of all shapes and forms from prestigious art institutions in the US, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Korea and more. Featuring as many as 11 themed exhibitions in four days, the majority of which focuses on Chinese arts, the GATF is a must-see event for art lovers. 

May 18-21, 10am-6pm; RMB50. Zone C, Canton Fair Complex. See event listing

May 19: DJ Oliver Heldens

With his popular single ‘Gecko,’ which made it to No. 1 on the Buzz Chart of DMC World magazine, Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens caught the attention of “the greatest DJ of all time,” Tiesto. He then made his way into DJ Mag's top 100 DJs in 2014 and ranked 12th in 2015. After selling out in many a music festival, Heldens will make an appearance in Guangzhou this month. Click here to buy tickets. 

May 19, 9pm; RMB100-550. G5 Le Nest. See event listing

May 20: The Ugly Duckling

In an age when technology seems to provide many distractions, Lightwire Theater brings a classic tale, The Ugly Duckling, to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Lined with electroluminescent wire, the well-known characters continue the Corbian tradition as they illuminate the darkened stage and wend their way into audiences’ hearts. Click here to buy tickets.  

May 20, 3.30pm/7.30pm; RMB100-588. Guangdong Performing Arts Center Theater. See event listing

May 20: High Tone 


Trendsetters in dub music, five-member band High Tone have become a household name in France. Their sound is fluid and constant, but retains a strong psychedelic and hypnotic flavor. Since their inception in 1997, High Tone have released a total of seven studio records and have been touring extensively from Europe to China. They’ve collaborated with Chinese musician Wang Lei in the past to produce Wangtone, an album considered the most significant indie music exchange between China and the world to date. 

May 20, 9pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 at the door. SD Livehouse. See event listing

May 20: The Baroque Carnival


Audiences will travel back to 17th-century Venice with this sensual production, which combines never-before-heard scores, dance and passionate monologues to resurrect the wild revelry and debauchery characteristic of a 10-day carnival that took place every year before the beginning of Lent. Click here to buy tickets. 

May 20, 8pm; RMB80-680. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing

May 20: A One-Day Exploration to Foshan Ancestral Temple and Lingnan Tiandi


Foshan Ancestral Temple, known as Zu Miao in Chinese, is a famous, 600-year-old Taoist temple built in the Song Dynasty in the downtown area of Foshan City, attracting many a foreign visitor every year. There, tourists can watch martial arts performances as well as visit the museum which is home to many statues of martial arts masters. Lingnan Tiandi is another touris attraction boasting ancient architecture with local lingnan characteristics, as well as cafes, bars and restaurants. The bus will leave at 8.30am at Zhujiang New Town. Contact Ellen at 159 1878 3607 for more information. 

May 20, 8am-5.30pm; RMB80 for adults, RMB50 for children. See event listing

May 20: World Whisky Day Party


Love whisky? How about stylish parties held at private mansions? It’s a match made in heaven if you ask us, which is one reason why Parasiri Loggia has been named the official venue to celebrate World Whisky Day in Guangzhou.

Stop by between 4-10pm to savor an open whisky bar and tasting, whisky cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, cigars and some light jazz. Explore the grounds and interior of one of our city’s most exquisite historic buildings revealed to the public for the first time just a few months ago. You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to Europe for a night, to bask in the revelries of culture at its finest.

For directions to the mansion, more information about Parasiri Loggia or to reserve a spot, click here or message the private WeChat account ‘parasiriloggia’ and leave your name and telephone number. Follow its official WeChat account (parasiri_loggia) for more future events. 

May 20, 4-10pm; RMB220 early bird, RMB280 at the door. Parasiri LoggiaSee event listing

May 20: Taste of Delicassy at Kitchen More 


French culture, afternoon tea, easy baking demonstration, new snacks ideas… It may sound like a prestigious and pricey activity for a Saturday afternoon but it will include free entrance for all new members signing up with French bakery Delicassy. Launching on the occasion, Delicassy brings the most authentic French baked goods, snacks and desserts to Kitchen More restaurant who will treat new subscribers for free. 

Scan the QR code in the poster above to sign up for free. Follow the instructions and you will receive a confirmation when your booking is confirmed. Registered participants must confirm their presence by replying “YES” to the confirmation message that will be sent on May 15. 

May 20, 2-5pm. Kitchen More

May 20: Steak and Beer Night at Ginstar


Every Saturday there is a super-special food and drink promotion at Ginstar. The deal alternates between the following: RMB100 for a burger and free-flow beer and cocktails for three hours and RMB150 for a steak and all-you-can-drink beer, wine or cocktails. This week, in addition to bottomless booze and a steak, patrons can relax to live music.

May 20, 7.30-10.30pm; RMB100. Ginstar (Yuancun). See event listing

May 20: British Day 


The British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong and QWOS are to host the upcoming British Day at Favorview Palace Guangzhou on May 20. In its 6th edition in Guangzhou, British Day has been a key event in the Guangzhou social calendar to celebrate the best of British culture since 2010. The occasion aims to provide the guests a relaxing day of fun activities, music, prizes and great food and drink! Not only expatriates, but locals are welcome to join the party. 

May 20, 11am-4.30pm; RMB20. Favorview Palace

May 21: Priscilla Ahn

American singer and songwriter Priscilla Ahn has touched quite a few hearts with her albums, including This is Where We Are and When You Grow Up. Ahn began playing at open mic nights and was later discovered by Blue Note Records who produced her first album, A Good Day. Grounded in folk, country and pop, her music has appeared on numerous TV shows in the past. Click here to buy tickets.


We have a pair of tickets to give away! Message our official WeChat account (ID: ThatsGuangzhou) with the subject 'Ahn' and why you should win. Please include your full name and contact number. 

May 21, 8-9.30pm; RMB100-480. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing

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