The 8 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's Guangzhou, May 6, 2019

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

Wed, May 8: Warbly Jets 

Image via Warbly Jets website

Heavily influenced by acts from 1980s Los Angeles, such as Dream Syndicate and The Byrds, Warbly Jets are set to bring their neo-psychedelic sound to the stage at T:union this week. On their latest well-received EP, Propaganda, the group has utilized electronic elements to express their thoughts on consumerism, social media and modern America. 

Wed May 8, 8.30pm; RMB160 presale, RMB220 at the door. T:union. See event listing. Tickets

Wed-Fri, May 8-10: Teatro Carlo Felice – Rigoletto 

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This month, Guangzhou Opera House invites the principal opera house from Genova, Italy, Teatro Carlo Felice, to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s most renowned opera, Rigoletto. Based on Victor Hugo’s play The King Amuses Himself, the opera tells a tragic story of accidental murder, and revolves around the Duke of Mantua, his hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter, Gilda, who is seduced by the Duke. The opera is universally considered one of Verdi’s best works. 

Wed-Fri May 8-10, 7.30pm; RMB280-1,680. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

Fri, May 10: Timber Timbre China Tour 

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Canadian music group Timber Timbre will perform in Guangzhou this week as part of their China tour. The band, which has been labeled everything from ‘Southern gothic’ to ‘psychedelic freak folk,’ has been together for almost 20 years, growing a relatively underground – but loyal and increasingly international – following. The band have also been honored with a myriad of prestigious independent awards over their career. 

Fri May 10, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB120 full price. T:union. See event listing. Tickets

Fri-Sat, May 10-11: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 


Written in 1596, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has remained a timeless exploration of love in all its wonder and foolishness. In this popular play, Shakespeare mixes traditional English spirits with classical heroes and fantastic creatures. Combining music and dance, this energetic reproduction by Britain’s TNT Theatre has been well-received at art festivals. 

Fri-Sat May 10-11, 7.30pm; RMB100-320. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

Sat, May 11: Dare2Wear Party

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Dust off your banana suit, sexy nun get-up or whatever other silly apparel you may have hiding in your wardrobe, because the Dare2Wear party is back! Organized by the charity organization Hopeful Hearts, Dare2Wear will be held at The Happy Monk Party Pier this week, with proceeds going to finance heart surgeries for children from low-income families. To book your tickets, contact Louise on WeChat (ID: Louise_Berlenghi). 

Sat May 11, 8pm; The Happy Monk (Party Pier). See event listing

Sun, May 12: Ally Kerr 

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After his 2015 tour of China, songwriting talent Ally Kerr returns to the Middle Kingdom this month with his latest album, Upgrade Me. Melodious, heartfelt, beautiful, wry and wistful are all words that have been used to describe the Scotsman’s folk-tinged pop, as demonstrated on his new album. 

Sun May 12, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB150 at the door. T:union. See event listing. Tickets

Sun, May 12: A Sumptuous Mother’s Day Treat at TWG Tea

Image via TWG Tea

Treat your mom to a delectable meal this Mother’s Day to show your gratitude. The fine folks over at TWG Tea have created an artistically presented set meal focused on tea-fused edibles. Enjoy a wide array of delicious treats and beverages, and, when you’ve finished eating, snag one of TWG Tea’s pink gift packs, which are available at both of the brand’s Guangzhou locations.

Sun May 12, all day; RMB218. TWG Tea. See event listing

Various dates: Mother’s Day Celebration at LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou

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Treat the woman who loves you the most (well, in most cases) to the palatable dim sum offerings or lip-smacking bar food at LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou. The dim sum set at Tea 5 restaurant will be available for mothers at only RMB88 (normally priced at RMB108), while dining at the Roof Top Bar comes with a complimentary sparkling wine for moms. A Mother’s Day room package will be on offer from May 10-12. Call 8931 0505 for more information. 

Various dates, dim sum from 10.30am-2.30pm on Mondays. LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou. See event listing

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[Cover image via Timber Timbre/Facebook, Ally Kerr website, Unsplash, Warbly Jets webiste, Pexels]

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