What's On in Guangzhou: November 2019

By That's Guangzhou, November 1, 2019

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

Nov 1-3: Singularity Festival


Established in 2017, Singularity Festival (SPF), formerly known as Brain Balloon which promoted and educated indie artistic creations, was originally founded by Singularity Plan® (founded by ETH and co-founded by Walka), an art project that dedicates its love to independent illustrations, comics and manga. This weekend, Singularity Plan® will open its art sharing show with the fine folks of Guangzhou at Party Pier. During this three-day festival, artists will engage with the audience for in-depth communication regarding art pieces and presentation. Every exhibition will have its own exhibitors to help attendees explore and experience more artistic dimensions.

Fri-Sun Nov 1-3, 11am-9pm; starting at RMB50. Media SpaceSee event listingTickets

Nov 8-10: Le Rouge et le Noir 

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Julien Sorel, the ambitious son of a carpenter in the village of Verrières, would rather read and daydream about the glorious victories of Napoleon’s long-disbanded army than work in his father’s timber business with his brothers, who beat him for his intellectual pretensions. Despite his rocky relationships at home, the young man has a wild romantic life: He has an affair with the mayor’s wife and later falls in love with the daughter of a marquis. This French musical offers viewers stunning musical scores and enchanting visuals, as well as a look at the rigid religious and social structures of 19th-century France. 

Fri-Sun Nov 8-10, 2.30pm, 7.30pm; RMB180-1,080. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 9: Job Fair for Foreigners in Guangzhou 

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One of China’s biggest and best job fairs for foreigners is taking place this November! Sponsored by ChinaJobs (run by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs), and with hundreds of employers and thousands of jobs to choose from, the Job Fair for Foreigners has been around for more than 10 years in China. It offers all kinds of employment opportunities for people looking for either full-time or part-time jobs, or just an internship. This is a great chance to connect with employers and find new opportunities in a friendly environment that is designed to put employers and job seekers together. The job fair is free to attend. Click here to register.  

Sat Nov 9, 10am-4pm; free admission. China Hotel. See event listing

Until Nov 10: Crab Feast at Imperial Springs 

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Treat yourself to some juicy, seasonal hairy crab from the famous Yangcheng Lake at the secluded Imperial Springs, Guangzhou, a high-class hot spring resort located in Conghua. Here, the seasonal crabs are prepared with impeccable cooking skills and quality seasonings such as 10-year-old vinegar and 3-year-old ginger. 

Daily until Nov 10, all day; prices starting from RMB268 per crab plus 15%. Imperial Springs, Guangzhou. See event listing

Until Nov 15: Exquisite Hairy Crab Delicacies at Ming Court

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Hairy crab season is here! Michelin Plate restaurant Ming Court at Langham Place, Guangzhou is launching a special seasonal menu featuring the coveted crustaceans from Taihu, a lake in Suzhou famous for producing juicy and meaty hair crabs. Braised, stewed or steamed, these gastronomic delights are turned into delicacies by Chinese Executive Chef Chau. 

Daily Until Nov 15, all day; various prices. Ming Court. See event listing

Nov 17: Alice Sara Ott 

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The widely-lauded German-Japanese pianist returns to Guangzhou, where she will perform works of Debussy, Chopin and more. Ott played to a full house at Hercules Hall in Munich at the tender age of 5. Her recent performance with the London Symphony Orchestra was acclaimed by the Guardian, which wrote she “gave the kind of gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made.” 

Sun Nov 17, 7.30pm; RMB280/RMB380. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 17: GIVES International Food & Fun Fair 

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The Guangzhou-based Guangdong International Volunteer Expatriate Service (GIVES) is one of the most renowned volunteer groups in the city and has been a prominent charitable force in areas such as education, health and orphan care for more than two decades. At the GIVES carnival taking place at Canton Tower, an array of family-friendly activities, performances and games are set to entertain visitors, while a range of food stations specializing in tasty edibles will be onsite to keep everyone full and happy. All profits from this event will go to Autism Integrated Education. 

Sun Nov 17, 11am-9pm; RMB10 children, RMB30 adults, RMB20 raffle tickets. 2/L, outdoor plaza of the Canton Tower. See event listing.  

Nov 20: Gang of Four 

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Gang of Four have been playing live shows since 1977, and are considered one of the most radical rock groups of the last 30 years. They’re energetic, aggressive and iconic, with tickets likely to sell out before their scheduled gig at Mao Livehouse. They serve as an influence to the likes of Massive Attack, INXS and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so if any of those bands tickle your fancy, you’re going to want to check out this show. 

Wed Nov 20, 8.30pm; RMB280 presale. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 22: Branford Marsalis Quartet 

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The opening act of this year’s Guangzhou Jazz Festival will be led by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, which was founded by the eponymous, Grammy-winning saxophonist. With a career that spans four decades, Branford Marsalis has collaborated with the likes of Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. The quartet are slated for an eight-program concert on November 22.  

Fri Nov 22, 8pm; RMB280-880. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 30-Dec 1: Strawberry Music Festival 


This year’s Strawberry Music Festival features a vast array of musicians ranging from sought-after hip-hoppers to ethnic singers. Highlight acts include Chinese independent musician Pu Shu, hip-hopper Tizzy T, Danish electronic music duo Blue Foundation, British indie rock band Swim Deep and more. 

Sat-Sun Nov 30-Dec 1, 2pm (Nov30)-9.30pm (Dec 1); from RMB320. Chimelong Music Festival Square. See event listing. Tickets

Nov 29-30: Tiger Tale  

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Barrowland Ballet brings their acclaimed sensory adventure from the UK to Guangzhou this month. The family-friendly show follows the adventures of a troubled family who have their lives invaded unexpectedly by a tiger. The show is a wondrous display of sounds, colors and explosive movement. 

Fri-Sat Nov 29-30, 10am, 3pm, 7.30pm; RMB218. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets.

Nov 29-30: Notre-Dame de Paris 

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The UK’s TNT Theatre brings their stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic Gothic romance to Guangzhou. Set in Paris in the late Middle Ages, the novel, which is better known to some by its English name, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, tells the ill-fated love story of Esmeralda and the hunchback Quasimodo. See it live at Xinghai Concert Hall.

Fri-Sat Nov 29-30, 7.30pm; RMB100-320. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets (Nov 29, Nov 30). 

Dec 1: Cecile McLorin Salvant 

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The closing act of the Guangzhou Jazz Festival will feature the young and gifted jazz diva Cecile McLorin Salvant, who has won three Grammy Awards in just four years. Since her arrival on the scene, the world of jazz has been enthralled by the 28-year-old’s remarkable talent. You can catch her performance on December 1.  

Sun Dec 1, 8pm; RMB280-1,080. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 4: Beatrich 

Beatrich.jpgImage via Showstart

According to Clash magazine, the 21-year-old Lithuanian singer is riding high on the back of over one billion streams of her music in China. This is her second tour through China this year after she arrived in the Middle Kingdom in May. Her most recent single, ‘Runaway,’ was released in early 2019 and has already racked up close to two million views. 

Wed Dec 4, 8pm; RMB380/RMB480. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 7: AmCham Winter Ball

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AmCham’s signature ‘Winter Ball’ is back and tickets are on sale now to the swanky event. With over 20 glorious years of history, AmCham Winter Ball is a blockbuster evening and is billed by the chamber as their ‘most glamorous signature event.’ Attended by consuls general and the city’s business elite, this event is the perfect opportunity to network and rub shoulders with the who’s who of Guangzhou. Themed ‘Peace & Love’ (cue the That ’70s Show theme), guests can expect classic Motown tunes to whisk you back to a time when everything was ‘cool’ and ‘groovy.’ Additionally, attendees will stand the chance to win some epic prizes, with the value of raffle giveaways this year totaling over RMB1,000,000! 

Sat Dec 7, 6pm-late; RMB850-2,000. LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou. See event listing. Tickets

Ongoing: Yunnan Coffee Beans at Starbucks 

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Starbucks’ annual Coffee Festival officially kicked off last month, meaning new, freshly brewed coffee is filling the air inside a Starbucks shop near you. Patrons in China will be exposed to the global coffee chain’s process of making a superb coffee with select beans. Two brand-new, quality Arabica coffee bean varieties grown in Yunnan province were introduced during the festival, which were developed over a harmonious seven-year collaboration between Starbucks China and coffee farmers in Yunnan. Consider purchasing some the next time you pop in at a Starbucks Reserve store.  

Available at all Starbucks Reserve bar stores on the Chinese mainland. 

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[Cover image via Showstart, Barrowland Ballet's website, event organizers] 

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