The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's PRD, June 19, 2018

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

Tue, Jun 19: Azure Ray 

The dreamy melancholy of this female duo, as exhibited in their debut album Hold On Love and their follow up album Draw Down the Moon, has won praise from fans and critics alike. Catch their brooding soundscapes, delicate vocals and cloudy harmonies as they cast their bittersweet gaze on China with an appearance at Mao Livehouse this week. 

Jun 19, 8pm; RMB380 presale, RMB480 at the door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Thu, Jun 21: Trivia Night at Hooley's Irish Pub


This Thursday, join quiz master Matt Bossons for 40-plus mind-bending questions on topics ranging from current events to pop culture, history to geography and everything in between. Basically, if you can identify all seven species of sea turtles, this quiz is for you. If you can’t identify turtles, this quiz is also for you, as there aren’t many turtle questions. The quiz kicks off at 8.30pm and the top three teams will receive boozy prizes courtesy of the good folks at Hooley’s Irish Pub.

Jun 21, 8.30-10pm; free entry. Hooley’s Irish Pub. See event listing. 

Fri, Jun 22: The Last of the Mohicans 

Is imitation the highest form of flattery… or appropriation of the sacred? Alexandro Querevalú, born in Lima, Peru, and emigrating to Poland at 18, is firmly in the former camp. Dressing in the costume of Native American tribes, he performs earnest and soulful renditions of North America’s indigenous music. You’ll either resonate with the versatility, eloquence and emotion he expresses, or feel like shouting at him to take off the damn headdress. 

Jun 22, 8pm; RMB180-380. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

Sat, Jun 23: Guangzhou International Dragon Boat Racing Tournament 

This year’s tournament will again be held on the section of the Pearl River between the North Gate of Sun Yat-sen University and the Guangzhou Bridge. There will be traditional dragon boats and sporting-standard dragon boats competing, alongside a variety of colorful parades. Last year, the Pearl River saw a total of 130 dragon boat teams and about 5,000 athletes, with teams from around the world contending for the championship against squads from all over Guangdong. So come on out and cheer for the home team: the Guangzhou Dragons

Jun 23, 8am. North Gate of Sun Yat-sen University. See event listing

Sat, Jun 23: Rythmo! by Samajam

Created with the little ones in mind, Rythmo! is an interactive musical performance. Each child and parent will receive drum sticks, whirly tubes or an African djembe and will be led by talented musicians to create something extraordinary. 

Jun 23, 11am/2.30pm; RMB150-700. Zhengjia Theatre. See event listing. Tickets

Sat, Jun 23: Bruskers Guitar Duo 

The Bruskers Guitar Duo are Italian guitarists Eugenio Polacchini and Matteo Minozzi, who use jazz as a common ground, creating a repertoire that spans traditional jazz pieces, adaptations of movie soundtracks and their own original compositions. Their performance at the Guangzhou Opera House this month will include many familiar tunes, such as ‘Take Five' and ‘Fly Me to the Moon.’ 

Jun 23, 3pm; RMB180. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets.


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Sat, Jun 23: Watch the World Cup at Zapata’s 


Come and cheer for Mexico on Saturday night at Zapata’s! The Mexican national football team is set to face off against South Korea in the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at 11pm. 

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Jun 23, 11pm. Zapata’s

Sat, Jun 23: Abstract Flower Painting Workshop 


This 90-minute workshop is tailor-made for families, who’ll be taught abstract painting techniques by China-based, self-taught Russian painter Maks Ygrv. Everyone will have the chance to create their own unique floral painting, which they'll be able to take home at the conclusion of the event. All materials and supplies are provided in the price of admission. To reserve your spot, contact Zhile Art Space on WeChat (ID: zhile1805). 

Jun 23, 10.30am-noon; RMB200 presale, RMB280 at the door. Zhile Art Space. See event listing

Sat-Sun, Jun 23-24: ¡Muu! by Yllana


Acclaimed Spanish comedy troupe Yllana is one of Europe’s most talked-about groups of its kind, bringing laughter to audiences across the world with their hilarious productions. This month, Yllana is in town with their irreverent humor to perform one of their earliest works – the hysterical act ¡Muu!. Come and enjoy the show as Yllana’s humor runs riot. 

Jun 23-24, 8pm; RMB80-380. Guangdong Performing Arts Center Theater. See event listing. Tickets

Until Jul 15: World Cup at Bar 5 


Enjoy football, a free flow of select local and imported beers and the beautiful Pearl River views afforded by Bar 5’s rooftop position for only RMB398 (for two people) at LN Hotel Five. The establishment is also presenting patrons with the FIFA 2018 Limited Edition Beer Fan Collection by time-tested German beer company Brander Urstoff. Grab your favourite country-themed beer as you enjoy matches taking place between 6pm and 1am. 

Until Jul 15, 6pm-1am; RMB398 for two. Bar 5 (LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou). See event listing.  

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