That’s Guangzhou takes a look at the best events of the month:
Jan 4: Space Station
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Space Station’s slow rhythm and delay contribute heavily to their musical aesthetic, which is well demonstrated in their latest album – Home, Destiny and the Mist from the Beginning of This Century. The Guangzhou-based band will share the stage with Shenzhen post-rock outfit Salty Air at T:union.
Jan 4-5: Akiko Suwanai
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At the age of 18, Japanese violinist Akiko Suwanai claimed first place at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, becoming the youngest musician to do so. Her prowess was further refined at Juilliard School of Music and Berlin University of the Arts. In her two days of performances in Guangzhou, Suwanai will play prominent works by Brahms, Schumann, Dvorak and Franck.
Jan 6: Aurélie Dupont
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Paris Opera Ballet’s starry ballerina Aurélie Dupont will visit Guangzhou with an elite ballet squad to stage a 10-program performance. A wonder of France’s ballet scene, Dupont has been in the role of lead dancer of the world-renowned ballet troupe since the 1990s. Ballet appreciators can catch this all-star lineup representing the creme de le creme in the realm of ballet at Guangzhou Opera House.
Jan 7: Cantonese Opera Screening
Having been active on stage across the Middle Kingdom for 45 years, Cantonese opera maven Ding Fan is well known. A total of eight programs will be screened at this event as a shout-out to Ding’s legendary career. Come for an evening to bear witness to this grand Cantonese theater tradition.
Jan 9-12: Blue Man Group
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Blue Man Group is bringing their wildly popular and award-winning production to Guangzhou once again. Having performed for almost 30 years, Blue Man Group’s shows have been witnessed by more than 35 million audience members in over 15 countries. Presenting a synthesis of comedy, theater, rock and dance, the highly engaging performances combine science, music and vibrant visual effects to provide audiences with a fully immersive audio-visual experience.
Jan 11: Neun Welten
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Neun Welten, meaning ‘nine worlds’ in German, are a German musical group that incorporates instrumental, acoustic, traditional and dark folk into their music. Although composed of dark folk, their melodies are dreamy, playful and incorporate classical elements. Their 2017 album, The Sea I’m Diving In, has been described as a theatrical album and “vast, elegantly experimental and cool as hell” by Sputnik music.
Jan 18: Beethoven by Chen Pi-hsien
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In celebration of Ludwig Beethoven’s birth 250 years ago, Taiwanese pianist Chen Pi-hsien will stage a classical music concert at Xinghai Concert Hall this month. She previously lived in Germany, where she studied under reputable pianists at the Cologne University of Music and taught piano. Enjoy Beethoven in four programs at this concert.
Jan 24: Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner
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Dinner on Spring Festival Eve is without a doubt the most important meal of the year for Chinese families. Dine at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou’s banquet hall on this special occasion, and be treated to an array of fun activities and amazing edibles. The luxury hotel is preparing a Cantonese-themed dinner featuring a suckling pig platter, roasted chicken, lobster braised with cheese and various other festive eats. The dinner will be accompanied by a traditional lion dance, Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting and photo shoots in Peking Opera costumes, among other activities. There will also be a lucky draw, with prizes including hotel stays at different Four Seasons establishments across China.
Until Feb 9: The Echo of Clay
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Expect a lively and diverse exhibit of ceramic art this month in Guangzhou’s Kui Yuan Gallery. Six ceramic artists, who all come from prestigious art institutions, will come together to showcase a beautiful collection of ceramic masterpieces.
Ongoing: Caffe Mondo Weekend Brunch
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Spend a leisurely weekend at Caffe Mondo, which serves up a sumptuous brunch featuring toothsome Italian dishes and Asian specialties. Expect fresh seafood, Italian pasta and pizza, a carving station plus a wide range of authentic regional goodies from Italy.
Sat-Sun ongoing, 6.30am-11pm; RMB388 plus 15%, including juices and soft drinks, RMB588 plus 15%, including juices, soft drinks, sparkling wine, house wine and local beers. Caffe Mondo. See event listing.
Jan 10-May 5: From Rembrandt to Monet
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Straight from Indianapolis Museum of Art, a total of 60 works by big name artists such as Monet, Rembrandt, Goya and Gauguin will be displayed in this exhibit, offering audiences a glimpse into the art worlds of the early Renaissance and French impressionism that influenced Europe until the 19th century.
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[Cover image via promoter, Guangzhou Opera House, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, Kui Yuan Gallery]