12 Awesome Events You Don't Want to Miss in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, December 9, 2019

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Our weekly roundup of some of Shanghai’s best upcoming events and where you can buy tickets:

Until January 5: Bob Dylan's 'Retrospectrum'

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Bob Dylan is well known as one of the world’s most influential and groundbreaking musicians. But did you know he has a long history as an extremely talented visual artist? The first retrospective exhibition of Bob Dylan’s visual artworks – Retrospectrum – debuted at the Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Shanghai on September 28 and will run through January 5. Spanning five decades of the artist’s career, and seven series of works, Retrospectrum will mark the artist’s most comprehensive art exhibition to date, enabling visitors to experience Dylan’s artwork in a uniquely immersive and interactive environment.

Until January 5, Modern Art MuseumTickets

Through Jan 5: 365 Degrees: The Immersive Experience

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One of the most Instagrammable exhibitions that we have seen in Shanghai in quite a while comes in the form of Eugenio Recuenco’s fantastic 365 Degrees: The Immersive Experience photography and installation exhibition at Uni Elite, and tickets are on sale over on thMart right now. 

Until Jan 5, RMB69-399. Uni EliteTickets

Through Dec 29: Matilda the Musical

The Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning musical based on the classic children's book by Roald Dahl is coming to Shanghai! It tells the story of a special young girl named Matilda. Matilda is an incredibly intelligent and curious child who loves books and uses her whit to cope with her mean parents and tyrannical school principal. Based on the 1988 novel, the musical made its debut in 2010. Matilda: The Musical now holds the record for most Olivier awards for a musical and has toured around the world. With writing by Dennis Kelly and songs by the Tim Minchin, the musical is a stand-out of the genre. It's the perfect outing for parents and their little ones. 

Dec 6-29, times vary; RMB580-1,080. Shanghai Culture Square. See event listingTickets.

Dec 14-15: Florent Mothe 

From performing in theatrical musicals to performing in bands, Florent Mothe has done it all. The French native is best known for his role as Antonio Salieri in Mozart, l'opéra rock. However, he's also an accomplished musician and solo artist. Mothe began studying music at the early age of seven. Over the years he became proficient in a variety of instruments, from guitar to piano to synthesizer. However, his voice is where he really shines. Before taking to the theatrical stage, Mothe played in two bands in France before moving to Toronto to take up a solo career. It was there that he was serendipitously discovered by the producers of Mozart, l'opéra rock in 2009. But it didn't take long for the singer-songwriter to turn his interests back toward his music career. In 2013, Mothe released his first solo album, Rock in Chair. This was followed up by his second album Danser Sous La Pluie in 2016. If you're interested in checking out this ultra-talented pop musician, he'll be touring around China next month and stopping off in Shanghai on December 14-15.

Dec 14-15, 8pm; RMB480-680. Modern Sky Lab. See event listingTickets.

Dec 14-28: PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure


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Based on everybody’s favorite animated TV series on Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live! is stopping off right here in Shanghai this December. PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure brings everybody’s favorite pups to the stage for an action-packed musical adventure. PAW Patrol Live! is not only fun and entertaining, but the show shares lessons about social skills, problem solving and teamwork. The performance features up-tempo music and captivating stories perfect for kids. The Great Pirate Adventure takes place on Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. On the way, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map. The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first. The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup... Tracker!

Dec 14-15, 21-22, 25 & 28, times vary; RMB180-580. Yihai TheatreSee event listingPurchase tickets here.

Dec 21-25: Moller Villa Castle Christmas Market

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For the first time ever, the iconic Moller Villa opens to the public for its inaugural Christmas Market, organized by AnyHelper together with Moller Villa Hotel and Shanghai International Convention & Exhibition Center. At the first-annual Moller Villa Christmas Market, you’ll enjoy music, food, auctions, performances, craft goods, lucky draws and more. From swing dance shows to clown performances, there will be plenty of fun activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Don’t forget to take a selfie with Santa Claus or sing Christmas carols along with the live bands!

Dec 21-25, 10am-8pm (Dec 21-22), 3-8pm (Dec 23-25); RMB50-188. Moller Villa HotelSee event listingTickets

Dec 21-April 5: Frozen

Your kids will go crazy for this magical Frozen-themed exhibition. The exhibition brings the 2013 Disney film to life. Tag along as Anna, the fearless princess of Arendelle, sets off on a journey with a rugged iceman, a pet reindeer and a snowman to find her sister and escape from eternal winter. The exhibition will be held at Shanghai Global Harbor Mall from December 21 until April 5. The 1,500-square-meter space will be transformed to recreate nine of the movie's most classic scenes and feature nine interactive areas. Your little ones will also be able to check out over 200 original production drawings from the movie and shop for over 1,000 limited edition Frozen products. It's every kid's dream! Presale tickets are offered for a limited time only for just RMB78. Make sure to get yours before December 20!

Dec 21-April 5, times vary; RMB78 (early bird price available until Dec 20). Shanghai Global HarborSee event listingTickets.

Dec 26-Jan 5: The Blue Man Group

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That’s right. Everybody’s favorite blue men are coming to Shanghai this year. The Blue Man Group will be performing at 1862 Theatre from December 23 until January 5, 2020. So yes, you will have to wait a few more months to catch them, but we’re guessing tickets will sell out fast so we highly suggest snagging some tickets while you still can! You never know what to expect when it comes to the Blue Man Group. Expect to laugh, rock out and have a blast as the bald, blue men entertain through music, art and comedy. You know a show is popular when over 35 million people of all ages, languages and cultures have seen it. It’s going to be a masterful and musical trip, led by three of the boldest, baldest and bluest guys on the planet. 

Dec 26-Jan 5, RMB80-1,080. 1862 TheatreSee event listingTickets

Dec 27: Shanghai Avant-Garde Festival 

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Lofas have put together a stellar round-up of noise artists, avant garde musicians, sound artists and more for its Shanghai Avant-Garde Festival on December 27, and tickets for that are now available on thMart. Bringing together some of the leading lights in noise music and sound experimentation, such as Torturing Nurse, Li Jianhong, Mii and more. Torturing Nurse (aka Junky) is iconic in underground Chinese music. His live shows are legendary for their harsh, unpredictable nature, while the man behind the mask is one of the most prolific musicians in Shanghai, knocking out over 400 releases since Torturing Nurse started releasing music back in 2004. Praised as “the best noise musician in China” by Polish composer Zbigniew Karkowski, Li Jianhong is another artist who has gained legendary status in the experimental rock scene. Mii is fronted by Dee and A Ming (Liang Qiming), both of whom will also be on hand to play solo sets. Other performers at the day-festival include Wang Ziheng, Zhu Songjie, Li Ping, Raying Psychedelic Coalition, Zhang Zhongshu, Li Yangyang, Yang Xiu, Vavabond, Ankar Arken, Acid and Le Crabe Et Le Mecano. 

Dec 27, 8pm; RMB150 presale, RMB200 door. LofasSee event listingTickets

April 17-19: Theorie des Prodiges

The surreal theatrical production, Theorie des Prodiges, is headed to Shanghai in April 2020. The highly acclaimed show is performed by French company Système Castafiore and combines experimental dance, music and imagery to create a truly spectacular performance. Theorie des Prodiges begins with the discovery of a 16th-century manuscript listing 'miracles' that occurred in ancient times. This discovery fills in gaps of human knowledge, giving meaning to phenomena unexplained by fantasy and interpretation.

April 17-19, 2pm and 7.30pm; RMB180-580. 1862 Theatre. See event listingTickets

May 8-24: Come From Away

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The longest-running Canadian musical in Broadway history, Come From Away, is coming to Shanghai. The show, which was a critical and box office success during its run on Broadway, tells the story of what happened when 38 international airplanes and more than 7,000 passengers were forced to land in Gander in Newfoundland after the September 11 attacks in 2001. Produced by ACOrange, Junkyard Dog Productions and Rodney Rigby, the musical’s stop in China, from May 8-24 in 2020, will be its first production in a non-English speaking country.

May 8-24, 7.30pm; RMB200-1,000. SAIC Shanghai Culture SquareSee event listingTickets

Ongoing: Peppa Pig World of Play


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You can now purchase tickets to the popular Peppa Pig World of Play by clicking right here! Boasting 10 play areas, each referencing a specific scene or location in the Peppa Pig TV series, this indoor theme park is great for Peppa fans young and old. Preschool-aged children will especially enjoy the chance to immerse in the world of Peppa Pig, and embark on exhilarating adventures with the adorable piglet and her family.

10am-8pm; Peppa Pig World of PlayTickets.


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