The 11 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's Guangzhou, December 10, 2019

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

Tue, Dec 10: Oh Messy Life… Vol.2

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Pop into Sunny Heart studio in Haizhu for Tuesday night tunes by Tokyo-based sans visage and local talent Nein or Gas Mus and Bennu is a Heron. Sans visage arrives in Guangzhou just days after two big shows in Beijing and Shanghai. Organized by Qiii Snack Records, expect the hardcore group to rock out in Canton on their first China tour.

Tue Dec 10, 8pm; RMB87. Sunny Heart. See event listing

Thu-Sun, Dec 12-15: Titanic the Musical 

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Direct from London, this musical takes on the tragic sinking of the world’s most famous ship and brings passengers’ stories to the stage. The original production of Titanic came earlier than the film, placing a focus on the personal narratives of the ship’s passengers rather than a love story. On April 14, 1912, the ‘unsinkable’ RMS Titanic departed with thousands of travelers aboard, all unaware that many of them were heading to a watery grave. Follow characters based on real people as they navigate the journey of their lives. 

Thu-Sun Dec 12-15, 2.30pm, 7.30pm; RMB80-880. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets.

Fri-Sun, Dec 13-15: Guest Chef Pam at Imperial Springs, Guangzhou

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Thai guest chef, Pam, will be spicing up the culinary offerings at Imperial Springs, Guangzhou. Having worked in an array of dining establishments over the course of her career, including a Michelin three-star restaurant in New York, Chef Pam is popular in her home country. She is an expert at creating appealing and creative Western dishes. 

Fri-Sun Dec 13-15. Imperial Springs, Guangzhou. See event listing

Fri-Wed, Dec 13-18: Evita 

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Directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince, Evita embarks on an international tour this year. The musical charts the story of Eva Peron, second wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings to the extraordinary wealth, power and status that ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. Featuring some of the most loved songs in musical theater, including ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ and ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars,’ this is one show you do not want to miss.

Fri-Wed Dec 13-18, 2.30pm, 8pm; RMB280-1,080. Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center. See event listing. Tickets.

Sat, Dec 14: Sexy Santa Party 

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Don your sexiest Santa costume and come on over to Zapata’s this Saturday night. Ladies in red or white will be treated to unlimited daiquiris before 11pm, and prizes will be given to the sexiest Santas of the evening. 

Sat Dec 14, 7pm-late; free entry. Zapata’s. See event listing

Sat-Sun, Dec 14-29: Don’t Touch My Hands 

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Don’t Touch My Hands is a children’s show, in which shadow puppetry encounters silent cinema. Combining humor and music to create a collection of stories packed with amusement, this shadow play is appealing to a wide range of audiences. Argentine puppeteer Valeria Guglietti is a specialist in shadow play performed with her hands, thanks to the enormous dexterity she has built up by playing the piano since childhood. Using only a single spotlight and both hands, Guglietti creates fantastic images that enact short stories reaching out to the imagination of the audience. To purchase tickets, call 186 6478 9884. 

Sat-Sun Dec 14-29, 10.30am, 4.30pm; RMB198. Happy Box Theater. See event listing

Sat-Mon, Dec 14-16: European Christmas Market 

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Come and discover this European-style Christmas market at the Canton Place, where gifts, authentic European fare and fun family-friendly activities await. 

Sat-Mon Dec 14-16, time TBD; free entry. The Canton Place. See event listing

Sun, Dec 15: Caspian China Tour 2019  

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American post rock band Caspian will be performing works from their upcoming album. Through passionate songwriting, the band carves through the darkness and allows all to be bathed in light. Even when the band is at their heaviest, there are still feelings of peace and catharsis that hang in the air. Caspian transcend post rock norms to create some unique music that is emotive, well-written and utterly enthralling.

Sun Dec 15, 8.30pm; RMB220 presale, RMB260 at the door. T:union. See event listing. Tickets.

Sun, Dec 15: Spanish Ballet of Murcia – Flamenco Carmen

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Since its inception in 1985, the Spanish Ballet of Murcia has been striving to bring Spanish dances, most notably flamenco, to audiences worldwide. Their recreation of Carmen, a timeless tale of love, jealousy, death and individuality, is acclaimed for its choreography, stage effects and skilled dancers. 

Sun Dec 15, 8pm; RMB180-680. Guangzhou Arts Theater. See event listing. Tickets.

Sun, Dec 15: United Family Hospital Christmas Bazaar 

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The annual Guangzhou United Family Hospital Christmas bazaar is fun-filled with games, good food and drinks, a cartoon parade, lucky draws and plenty of booths. Best of all, it’s free to partake, so get in the Christmas spirit! Enjoy a fantastic family-friendly day out. RSVP by scanning the QR code on the poster in the event listing and get a free dental floss set. 

Sun Dec 15, 9.30am-4.30pm; free entry. Guangzhou United Family Hospital. See event listing

Until Sun, Dec 15: Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

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An international cultural event, the annual Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC) endeavors to promote outstanding documentaries from both China and abroad. During this year’s edition of the GZDOC, a myriad of documentary features will be screened from December 7-15. Click here to see the full screening schedule. 

Until Sun Dec 15, various times and prices. 5/F, K11 Art Mall. See event listing

For more things to do in Guangzhou, check out our Events Section.

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[Cover image via SMG/IMDb, Caspian/Facebook, 247 Tickets, Happy Box Theater] 

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