What's On in Shanghai: September 2017

By Erica Martin, September 2, 2017

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


Sep 1-10: Summer Festival

Summer Festival at Grand Millennium Shanghai Hongqiao

The Grand Millennium Shanghai Hongqiao hotel hosts this end-of-summer shindig on their Garden Pavilion to get you geared up for the fall season. Over the course of 10 days, the event features a live band, German specialty dishes from guest chef Jochen Padburg, and beer drinking competitions, and a great selection of German and regional brews.

Sep 1-10, 6pm. Garden Pavilion at Grand Millennium Shanghai Hongqiao, see event listing.


Sep 2: Chui Wan Album Release Show

Chui Wan Album Release Show at Yuyintang Shanghai

Celebrated Beijing psych-rock band Chui Wan release their third album, a complex and exploratory record called The Landscape the Tropics Never Had. Don't miss their album release show at Yuyintang, where Shanghai band Mirrors will play in support.

Sep 2, 9.30pm, RMB80 presale, RMB100 door. Yuyintang, see event listing.


Sep 8: Bling Bling Night

Bling Bling Night at Wanda Reign on the Bund Shanghai

Every Friday throughout the month of September, Wanda Reign on the Bund Hotel hosts this party series at their newly-opened restaurant and Champagne lounge, Reiku. Visit the 21st floor venue and indulge in the glamorous theme, with special performances all month by versatile and charismatic American vocalist Kevin Maxim.

Every Friday throughout the month of September, 9pm. RuiKu Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, see event listing


Sep 8: Free the Robots

Free the Robots at Dada Shanghai

Los Angeles-based producer Free the Robots blends instrumental hip-hop with elements of jazz and psychedelia. He’s worked with Flying Lotus and Afrika Bambaataa and released his latest album, a collaboration with Belgian producer Lefto inspired by their constant touring, earlier this year. Catch his set at Dada.

Sep 8, 10pm. Dada, see event listing.


Sep 8-10: The Expat Show Shanghai 10th Anniversary

The Expat Show Shanghai

The Expat Show Shanghai is back and celebrating its 10th anniversary. With more than 150 exhibitors expected, there will be something for everyone here with representatives from various sectors ranging from food and beverage, education, health, lifestyle, tourism and more.  

Sep 8-10, 11am. Shanghai Exhibition Center, see event listing.


Sep 9: Shyboi

Shyboi at ALL Club Shanghai

Shyboi is a New York-based DJ and multidisciplinary artist of Jamaican descent who is part of queer NYC collective #KUNQ and has collaborated with other underground artists like Venus X. She has performed on Boiler Room, and deals in electronic music that grapples with ideas about identity and power.

Sep 9, 11pm, RMB80. ALL Club, see event listing


Sep 9: Optimo

Optimo at Dada Shanghai

Longstanding Scottish DJ duo Optimo ran their party series of the same name out of Sub Club in Glasgow from 1997 to 2010, hosting an eclectic slew of notable guests, from LCD Soundsystem to Hot Chip, and famously never adhering to any kind of music policy, so that no two sets were ever the same. The duo perform at Dada as part of a China tour just a few weeks after throwing a major festival in Glasgow in honor of the 20th anniversary of their club night.

Sep 9, 10pm. Dada, see event listing.


Sep 9-17: Pitzi Cárdenas

Pitzi Cárdenas at Flip POP Gallery Shanghia

Chilean-based visual artist, Pía 'Pitzi' Cárdenas, brings her first solo exhibition to China entitled Salón de Honor. A compilation of portraits of people and memories that hold a deep, emotional connection with the artist, the exhibition opens on September 9.

Sep 9-17, 3pm. Flip POP Gallery, see event listing.


Sep 9-10: Ultra China

Ultra Festival Shanghai China

Ultra Festival, which launched in Miami 20 years ago and is one of the world's most recognizable festival brands comes to China for the first time with this two-day Shanghai event. Headliners include major names in EDM like Zedd, Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, Martin van Buuren, Carl Cox and lots more.

Sep 9-10, 1pm. RMB1,280 for festival pass, RMB780 for single day pass. Expo Park, see event listing.


Sep 9-10: St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet: Anna Karenina

St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet: Anna Karenina Shanghai Oriental Arts Center

This classic ballet by famed Russian choreographer Boris Eifman focuses on the love story and eroticism between Anna and Vronsky from the famed novel, and is renowned as a modern masterpiece.

Sep 9-10, 7.15pm, RMB280-1280. Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, see event listing


Sep 15-16: Mark Normand

Mark Normand at Kung Fu Komedy club Shanghai

American comedian Mark Normand’s brand of self-deprecating humor has led him to open for the likes of Louis C.K. and Amy Schumer and perform on a slew of late night talk shows. Kung Fu Komedy brings him to Shanghai for the first time.

Sep 15, 9pm, Sep 16, 8pm & 10pm, RMB170 presale, RMB200 door. Kung Fu Komedy Club, see event listing.


Sep 15: Unico 5 Year Anniversary with Boddhi Satva

Unico Shanghai 5 Year Anniversary with Boddhi Satva

Unico rings in 5 years of holding court as Shanghai’s best Bund-side Latin bar, livehouse and dance club. They have a whole week of celebrations culminating in this Friday night show featuring Boddhi Satva, a DJ from the Central African Republic who deals in what he calls ‘ancestral soul,’ a mix of Afro house and traditional music from around the African continent. 

Sep 15, 10.30pm, RMB100. Unico Shanghai, see event listing.


Sep 15: Time Tarracho (live) / SIMPIG (live) / Blaise Deville / Mozka

Time Tarracho (live) / SIMPIG (live) / Blaise Deville / Mozka at All Club Shanghai

All hosts this showcase of Swiss electronic artists, including Time Tarracho – who deal in Latin and Portuguese-inspired beats, juke and footwork duo Simpig, funk and reggae DJ Blaise Deville – who used to be based in Shanghai, and VJ Moska, who specializes in optical illusion-based visuals. 

Sep 15, 11pm, RMB80. ALL Club, see event listing.


Sep 16: Jean Nouvel and Tan Dun: Sources, Forms and Changes

Jean Nouvel and Tan Dun: Sources, Forms and Changes at Shanghai Design Center

The opening ceremony of the Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment 2017 gathers two influential artists: the prominent French architect Jean Nouvel, Pritzker Award 2008, and the outstanding Chinese composer Tan Dun. Beyond the subtle relationship between music and architecture, both draw their inspiration from the city and its relationship with nature. They will share their ideas about the changes undergone by the cities during the last thirty years in China and other parts of the world, and also theorize about the future.

Sep 16, 2pm, free entry with RSVP. Shanghai Design Center, see event listing.


Sep 16: Wisdy

Wisdy at Celia Shanghai

Originally from Bali, Wisdy holds a residency at a club called Jenja in Seminyak and has shared the stage with the likes of Sasha and Joris Voorn. Lina K and Emil Chang provide support for his performance of forward-thinking techno at Celia. Cover price includes a Jager shot.

Sep 16, 11pm, RMB100. Celia, see event listing.


Sep 16-17: Concrete & Grass

Concrete and Grass Fesitval Shanghai

This annual fall music festival from Split Works brings together over 60 Chinese and international artists from nearly every imaginable genre, plus activities and underground artwork. Headliners this year include Japanese rockers Radwimps, Thurston Moore Group, NYC dream pop/rock band DIIV, Princess Nokia, Jai Wolf, and lots more, plus a strong line-up of Chinese and local acts like Carsick Cars and Tzusing.

Sep 16-17, 1pm. Shanghai Rugby Football Club, see event listing.


Sep 21: 2017 NHL China Games Shanghai

NHL Games Shanghai

For the first time ever, two NHL pre-season games will be held in China this fall. The Shanghai game pits the Los Angeles Kings, who will be serving as the home team, against the Vancouver Canucks. The NHL is also using the visit to promote youth hockey throughout the nation and its schools.

Sep 21, 7.30pm, RMB220-1,280. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listing


Sep 21-22: CHina CHat

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CHina CHat is a two day event dedicated to WeChat and online social media in China. With top industry speakers and experts from across the mainland, the conference includes guest speakers, panel discussions, in-depth workshops and the latest social product/service demos. Co-organised by two of the most widely respected online sources for WeChat information (ChinaChat and WalktheChat), this event promises to be full of insight and timely information.

Sep 21-22, 2pm. The Place, see event listing.


Sep 21-23: Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor at Kung Fu Komedy Club Shanghai

Comedian Paul Taylor is a bilingual Brit based in Paris who quit his corporate job in 2015 to pursue stand-up. He brings his show to #Franglais, which is performed half in English and half in French, to Shanghai for a three-night stint at Kung Fu Komedy.

Sep 21-23, 9pm. Kung Fu Komedy Club, see event listing.


Sep 21-Oct 2: Songs from Above

Songs from Above at Shanghai Children Arrt Theatre

Danish company Teater Refleksion presents this show aimed at children aged 2-5. Delicate, calming puppetry and object animation come together to offer gentle moments of exploration and discovery for small children in a safe and stimulating environment.

Sep 21-Oct 2, times vary, RMB180. Shanghai Children Art Theatre, see event listing.


Sep 23: Hanna Turi

 Hanna Turi at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base

Swedish singer-songwriter Hanna Turi, who deals in lovely and delicate piano songs about love and loss, comes to Shanghai for a show at Bandai Namco’s Future house. The show is part of an expansive China tour throughout the month of September. 

Sep 23, 8pm, RMB180 presale, RMB280 door. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, see event listing.


Sep 24: Against the Current

Against the Current at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base

American pop-rock band Against the Current return to Shanghai for a show at Bandai Namco’s Dream Hall. The Poughkeepsie-based trio found fame originally by posting their videos on YouTube, and then went on to release several hit pop songs. This tour is promote their debut full-length album, In Our Bones

Sep 24, 8pm, RMB280. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base, see event listing.


Sep 23-24: SIP

SIP at the McKinnon Hotel Shanghai

The people behind Shanghai Supperclub and FEAST debut their latest concept, SIP, this month at the McKinnon Hotel rooftop. A cocktail-focused festival that brings together 10 of the city’s best bartenders to showcase their drinks and spread knowledge about mixology, the event will also feature bar bites from around the city, and limited edition Master Classes on offer. Cover price includes a welcome drink. 

Sep 23 – 24, RMB100 presale (RMB180 for both days), RMB130 door. The McKinnon Hotel, see event listing.


Until Sep 25: Flavor of Chaozhou Cuisine

Flavor of Chaozhou Cuisine at Radisson Blu Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai

Li Palace Restaurant at the Radisson Blue Plaza Xing Guo Hotel kicks off the fall season by introducing Chaozhou cuisine to their menu. Head there to feast on goose head Chaozhou style, grilled conch, stewed fish maw, pan fried baby oyster and other richly flavorful dishes. From now through September 25, there’s a 25 percent and no service charge on the new menu.

Until Sep 25, Radisson Blu Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai, see event listing.


Sep 27: One Republic

One Republic at Mercedes-Benz Arena Shanghai

Major American pop-rock band One Republic comes to Shanghai for an arena show at Mercedes-Benz Arena. They first formed back in 1996 when their two core members met in high school in Colorado and are now known for catchy hits like “Counting Stars” and for mixing genres from folk and rock to synth pop and disco.

Sep 27, 8pm, RMB380-1,280. Mercedes-Benz Arena, see event listing.


Sep 30: Lali Puna

Lali Puna at Yuyintang Shanghai

German indietronica band Lali Puna is a cult favorite thanks to their mix of catchy hooks and complex orchestrations, along with frontwoman Valerie Trebeljahr’s unique vocals; they’ve had a slow burning career over the course of five albums, dropping their latest, Two Windows, with a China tour through Beijing and Shanghai from New Noise.

Sep 30, 8.30pm, RMB100 presale, RMB120 door. Yuyintang, see event listing.


Ongoing: Octonauts

Octonauts at Hubindao Shopping Center Shanghai

An exhibit themed on the acclaimed British children’s TV series about a team of undersea adventurers exploring the depths of the ocean comes to Hubindao throughout the summer and fall. Expect an activity area with games and interactive devices for children to feel like undersea explorers themselves, plus a pop-up store. Octonauts began showing in China on CCTV in 2014.

Until Oct 8, 10.30am. Hubindao Shopping Center, see event listing


Ongoing: Drink in the Sky

 Ongoing: Drink in the Sky

Gaze out at Shanghai in all its twinkling glory every evening this September as The Bar at Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor offers beautiful wall-to-ceiling vistas between an extended happy hour atop the 47th floor. With fine wines, handcrafted cocktails and signature spirits, The Bar also offers a live band and DJ to help you relax further. Two outdoor terraces complete a venue that has just about everything.

Until Sep 30, 5.30-8.30pm. The Bar at Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor, see event listing.


Ongoing: Celebrating Habitat: The Real, the Virtual and the Imaginary

Power Station of Art Shanghai

Power Station hosts this innovative solo exhibit from acclaimed Indian architect and urban planner Balkrishna Doshi. The show offers a selection of works from his 62-year career, including public housing, educational institutions and furniture design, all of which are vibrant and experimental.

Until Oct 29, 11am-7pm (every day except Mondays). Power Station of Art, see event listing.


Ongoing: MUSE: Zhang Haier

Shanghai Center of Photography

Collecting familiar as well as unseen works, MUSE showcases a career-spanning plethora of Zhang Haier's photography which largely details the female form - namely his wife, Hu Yuanli. Often the muse from which the exhibition's title derives (although not solely), selected photographs explore the couples' experiments with portraiture as well as the female figure and its subjects' femininity.

Sep 6-Oct 29,11am.Shanghai Center of Photography, see event listing.


Ongoing: From Lack to Light

Vanguard Gallery Shanghai

Questioning time and the way in which it is individually experienced, Tang Chao's exhibition consists of three different video pieces of daily life as the concept of time is obscured and rearranged in search of new meaning.

Sep 6-Oct 29, 5-7pm. Vanguard Gallery, see event listing.


Ongoing: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot — Sonsara

Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai

Celeste Bousier-Mougenot's new exhibition contemplates the essense of life in both a fleeting individual human way as well as an overarching force that governs our world and its other inhabitants. Six large installations combine sounds and images in a way that offers an immersive experience for audiences to interact with the environment before them as well as the gallery space they currently exist within.

Until Nov 12 (every day except Mondays). Minsheng Art Museum, see event listing.


Ongoing: Robert Zhao Runhei: Christmas Island, Naturally

ShanghArt Gallery

Existing within a space somewhere between reality and fantasy, Robert Zhao Renhui's Christmas Island, Naturally presents the Singaporean artist's take on the many facets behind the relationship between humans and animals. Originally commissioned for the 2016 Sydney Biennale, this is the first time this series will be exhibited in China.

Sep 3-Nov 19. ShanghArt Gallery, see event listing.


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