What's On in Guangzhou: April 2019

By That's Guangzhou, April 2, 2019

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That's Guangzhou takes a look at the best events of the month: 

Apr 3: Vintage Ladies Night

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This Wednesday, dress up in your classiest garments and head to 13Factories for Vintage Ladies’ Night, running from 8-11pm. The night’s dress code will be classic black and white movie themed, taking inspiration from the classics like Casablanca and Sunset Boulevard. Spend RMB88 or more and get free flow on select drinks.

Wed Apr 3, 8-11pm. 13Factories. See event listing.

Apr 5: ChAos Presents Fixate 

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Hailing from the UK, Declan Curran, known by his stage name Fixate, has enticed electronic music listeners with a clever fusion of different musical genres such as drum and bass, jungle, dubstep and grime. A promising young talent in the UK’s bass music scene, Fixate will bring his tunes to Guangzhou this week at SD Livehouse with supporting acts from South China-based label ChAos. 

Fri Apr 5, 11pm-late; RMB60. SD Livehouse. See event listingTickets.

Apr 6-7: Peppa Pig Live! 

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Everyone’s favorite pig is returning to Guangzhou to entertain fans with magic, balloons and all her usual mischief. This English production sees Peppa Pig hit the stage to wow audiences in a new live musical performance that’s more fun than a muddy puddle! Mommy Pig has prepared new songs, games and surprises for audience members, and all of Peppa’s friends are invited to join in the celebration and create some treasured memories. This 90-minute show is recommended for children from 3 years old and up. 

Sat-Sun Apr 6-7, 10.30am/2.30pm /3pm/7pm; RMB180-480. Guangzhou Beilei Theater. See event listing. Tickets

Apr 9: Young Master Tap Takeover at Bravo

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Young Master founder Rohit Dugar, along with brewer Edwin Yang and the whole YM team, will visit Bravo on April 9 to share the story of Young Master Brewery. Six limited-edition craft beers will be available on tap, while a fabulous lucky draw will see guests stand the chance to leave with some cool beer-oriented prizes. To reserve your spot, scan the QR code below.


Tue Apr 9, 7pm; RMB128-150. Bravo. Tickets.

Apr 9: Guangdong Dances 

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This dance performance is a composite of different dance styles found across Guangdong province. Experience the majesty of the famous lion dance, along with the Yao minority’s drum dance and the Chaoshan Yingge dance, among others, many of which are listed as intangible heritages of China. The show is comprised of 20 programs and will be staged by the fabulous South China Normal University Dance Troupe.

Tue Apr 9, 7.30pm; RMB180/280, RMB80 for students. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets.

Apr 9-14: The Merchant of Venice (Chinese) 

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Most remembered for its dramatic scenes, this comedy by the Bard unfolds through the character Shylock and his famous “Hath not a Jew eyes?” speech, only in this rendition it is delivered in Mandarin Chinese. Come experience the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, justice and mercy, as The Merchant of Venice gets a Chinese makeover. 

Tue-Sun Apr 9-14, 3pm/7.45pm; No. 13 Theater. See event listing. Tickets.  

Apr 12-13: White Water, Little Dust 

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Taiwanese dancer, writer and choreographer Lin Hwai-min founded Cloud Gate Dance Theatre in 1973. Since its inception, the dance troupe has gone on to garner critical acclaim in the world of modern dance, which helped Lin to win the American Dance Festival Award for ‘lifetime achievement in modern dance.’ This captivating performance will see two separate dance works staged directly next to each other, offering the audience a dramatic visual contrast.

Fri-Sat Apr 12-13, 7.30pm; RMB80-880. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

Apr 12-13: Valery Afanassiev 

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Valery Afanassiev is an author, poet and, most important of all, a pianist. Considered by many to be one of the most influential pianists in Europe, the Russian musician is acclaimed for interpreting classical pieces by such legendary composers as Beethoven and Schubert. Known to perform pieces at an “extraordinarily slow” pace, his shows offer music fans the chance to experience familiar tunes in an entirely new way.

Fri-Sat Apr 12-13, 7.30pm; RMB180-580. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets


We have a pair of tickets to give away! For your chance to win, simply share this article to your Moments with the caption ‘#Afanassiev #ThatsGuangzhou,’ take a screenshot and send it to our official WeChat account (ID: ThatsGuangzhou) along with your name, email address and phone number. 

Apr 14: Jane Eyre 

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British director Sally Cookson has challenged herself by adapting one of the most beloved love stories of all time, Jane Eyre. Cookson’s take on the classic tale is a celebration of womanhood and focuses on the heroine’s personal journey, as opposed to her relationship with Rochester. 

Sun Apr 14, 7pm; RMB150. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

Apr 14: Lumina Coeli – Girls’ Choir of France

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Many grand occasions have been graced by the sweet serenade of Lumina Coeli – Girls’ Choir of France, among the most celebrated all-girls choirs in Europe. As a choir of the Masters of the Cathedral of Autun, the troupe offers children from kindergarten to high school the chance to receive musical training on school time. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch them live in concert at the Guangzhou Opera House this month!

Sun Apr 14, 7.30pm; RMB80-680. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets


We have a pair of tickets to give away! For your chance to win, simply share this article to your Moments with the caption ‘#LuminaCoeli #ThatsGuangzhou,’ take a screenshot and send it to our official WeChat account (ID: ThatsGuangzhou) along with your name, email address and phone number. 

Apr 19-28: School of Rock the Musical 

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School of Rock is the latest work by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the living legend that brought you immortal works such as The Phantom of the Opera and Cats. The musical will arrive in Guangzhou this month, where audiences can enjoy their favorite moments from the hit film reimagined as a musical.

Tue-Sun Apr 19-28, 2.30pm/7.30pm; RMB199-999. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets


We have a pair of tickets to give away! For your chance to win, simply share this article to your Moments with the caption ‘#SchoolofRock #ThatsGuangzhou,’ take a screenshot and send it to our official WeChat account (ID: ThatsGuangzhou) along with your name, email address and phone number. 

Apr 27: Mi Carmen Flamenca

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Born in a village with traditional flamenco heritage near Seville, Spain, flamenco artist Antonio Andrade grew up among aficionados of this eye-catching art form. Serving as the artistic director of Antonio Andrade Flamenco Company, the Spanish artist has created many successful productions enjoyed by audiences the world over, including this rendition of Carmen

Sat Apr 27, 8pm; RMB100-680. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

Apr 28: Castle in the Sky 

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The classics of Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki come to life this month at Guangzhou’s 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 works as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro and Valley in the Sky.

Sun Apr 28, 8pm; RMB80-380. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

Apr 29: Descendents 

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Descendents, formed in 1977, are the earliest pioneers of US pop punk and have been at the forefront of the West Coast hardcore punk movement since its genesis in the late 1970s. Founding drummer, Bill Stevenson, is one of the most recognizable and respected drummers of the genre, having played for Black Flag during their most daring and genre-bending years. 

Mon Apr 29, 9pm; RMB280 presale, RMB330 at the door. SD Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Apr 29: Karen Souza China Tour 2019

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Her involvement in the production of the Jazz & 80s album series helped Karen Souza to garner a legion of fans. The Argentinian women began her career singing lounge-jazz versions of hit songs from the 1970s-90s. Today, the jazzwoman and bossa nova singer-songwriter has four albums to her name and always plays to a sold-out crowd.

Mon Apr 29, 8pm; RMB100-580. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

All month: Tangerine-Themed Afternoon Tea with Scent Chant 

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Enjoy a spring-scented sensation this month at Pearl Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, as the restaurant partners with French fragrance brand Scent Chant to present the Tangerine Afternoon Tea. Guests can savor the luxurious and fruity afternoon tea, which is served in elegant Legle France Diana collection teaware. 

Daily all month, 2-5.30pm; RMB311 per person, RMB536 per couple. Pearl Lounge (The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou). See event listing

Ongoing: Ladies Night at Connoisseur, LN Garden Hotel

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Toss on a pair of high heels, call up your girlfriends and head over to The Connoisseur to enjoy a wide selection of exquisite food and drinks at the restaurant’s popular ladies’ nights, which run from Tuesday to Saturday weekly. Ladies can enjoy an appetizer, main course, dessert and free flow of sparkling, red and white wine for the extremely affordable price of RMB180, while after dinner they can also revel in a 50 percent discount on alcoholic beverages at Lobby Lounge. 

Tue-Sat, 6pm-10.30pm; RMB180. The Connoisseur (LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou). See event listing

Onging: Papaya Chicken 

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Papaya is in season and Chef Li at Yue Chinese Restaurant of Sheraton Guangzhou Nansha Hotel has some seasonal flavors to offer. Dine on the braised chicken with fish maw and papaya and savor the sweet, natural scent of tropical fruit coupled with tender chicken. It’s a hell of a dish and it’s perfect for summer!

Daily ongoing, all day. Yue Chinese Restaurant (Sheraton Guangzhou Nansha Hotel). See event listing

Ongoing: All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum At Tea 5

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As a continuation of their Spring Festival promotion, the culinary team at Tea 5 are adding a little extra pizazz to the hotel’s most popular dim sum offering, with the addition of special Chinese New Year’s dim sum variants. Immerse yourself in a unique dining experience and savor delectable and authentic Cantonese goodies.

Daily ongoing, 10.30am-2.30pm; RMB108 plus 15 percent. Tea 5 (LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou). See event listing

Ongoing: A Creative Twist with Classic and Authentic Italian Cuisine 

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Caffe Mondo at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou is launching a new seasonal menu, which features classic Italian dishes and authentic shareable plates. The restaurant has put special emphasis on creating fresh, seasonal and authentic edibles and Chef Filippo has designed many of the dishes to feature a creative twist. If you enjoy pasta, you are encouraged to sample the classic Bolognese sauce with spaghetti and the popular squid ink spaghetti, ai frutti di mare. Dessert items are also done big, due to the important role that post-meal sweets have in Italian cuisine. The Four Seasons Guangzhou’s chocolate fondant is the highlight of the dessert menu and is made with 65 percent chocolate.

Daily ongoing, all day; various prices. Caffe Mondo (Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou). See event listing.  

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[Cover image via Guangzhou Opera House, 247tickets (1,2), Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou]

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