What's On In Shanghai: September 2019

By That's Shanghai, September 2, 2019

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


Sep 4-5: Franziskaner Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest is fast approaching. And you know what that means: lots of beer, meat and parties. If you want to celebrate with the best of 'em, head over to the 2019 Franziskaner Shanghai Oktoberfest this week. But there are only two more days available, Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5. Tickets are on sale now, so grab yours before they’re sold out!

Sep 4-5, 5-11pm; RMB3,000-3,600 per table. Rockbund. See event listing. Tickets. 


Sep 6: Four Color Jack

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Four Color Zack is a technically dazzling “DJ’s DJ” and highly rated party musician, deftly cutting between arena shows, Vegas megaclubs and underground parties with style and ease. Originally from Seattle, this record slinger continues to wow global audiences with his peerless skills behind the decks.

Sep 6, 10pm; RMB100 presale, RMB200 door. Bar Rouge. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 6: The Japanese House

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Combining a variety of different influences, Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House, creates a sound that is at once dreamy and fluid. Bain’s work investigates the ideas of gender and gender neutrality and aims to present a safe space for androgynous music. 

Sep 6, 8.30pm; RMB140 presale, RMB180 door. VasLive. See event listing. Tickets.


Sep 6: Lebanon Hanover

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Deliciously icy cold wave vibes from Berlin-based duo Lebanon Hanover should be among your top picks for music shows heading into the month ahead. The pair are influenced by everything from William Wordsworth to the vibrant Berlin underground music scene, ensuring a very unique sound. 

Sep 6, 10pm; RMB150 presale, RMB180 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 6-15: Evita


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Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice’s much-beloved 1978 West End musical is coming to Shanghai this September. Evita follows the life of Eva Peron. It’s a story about an Argentine girl who charmed and worked her way up from poverty and eventually married the country’s leader General Juan Peron. Evita was conceived as a sung-through dramatic piece and ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ proved to be the most popular single from a show for many years. However, it was 18 months after the release of the record before Evita arrived on stage. The production was directed by Hal Prince and was an artistic and popular success. 

Sep 6-15, times vary; RMB480-1,280. SAIC Shanghai Cultural SquareSee event listingTickets.


Sep 7: Pinocchio 

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Everyone’s favorite long-nosed puppet slash real boy will take to the stage this month in a wonderful Chinese-language play. Catch up with Pinocchio, Geppetto, the talking cricket and all of your other favorite characters from this fantastic Italian kids story. 

Sep 7, 10.30am/2pm; RMB99-250. Shanghai Center Plaza. See event listing. Tickets.


Sep 8: Kashiwa Daisuke

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No Wikipedia page, no problem. Stella Promotions are bringing Japanese composer Kashiwa Daisuke to China this month, shedding light on the internet-famous musician, whose work has gone under-appreciated for the past fifteen years. Since beginning in the music game in 2004, Daisuke’s albums have gained a reputation for pushing the envelope. He combines elements of his post rock beginnings with neo classical music, electronic genres like glitch and IDM, gaining comparisons to Sigur Ros and Godspeed You! Black Emperor for his grand compositions. 

Sep 8, 8pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Bandai Namco Shanghai Base. See event listing. Tickets


Sep 9-15: World Snooker Shanghai Masters 2019

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The greatest snooker players from around the world are back in town as world number one Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan bids to lift the Shanghai Masters trophy for the third year running. After becoming the richest invitation event in snooker history last year, expect arguably the most competitive field to date as the world’s top 16, plus eight players from China, fight it out for the prestigious trophy and for a share of the jaw-dropping RMB6 million plus prize fund. 

Mon Sep 9 to Sun Sep 15, RMB80-980. Regal International East Asia HotelSee event listingTickets.


Sep 12-15: Tank Art Festival

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Taking place over four days at one of Shanghai’s newest exhibition spaces, Tank Art Festival will focus on a variety of different mediums, aiming to stimulate all the senses. With an art book fair, an affordable market, graffiti exhibition, an amateur art exhibition and so much more, there’s plenty for art lovers and the uninitiated alike to get involved with. Likewise, you can catch Adrian Vera Rojas stunning installation work, which, from pictures that we saw, resembles the lunar surface. 

Sep 12-15, times vary; RMB68-90. Tank Shanghai. See event listing


Sep 13-15: JZ Festival

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China’s biggest jazz and blues festival, is back again to celebrate their 15th anniversary. This year’s fest will be held from September 13-15 at the Maxus Datong Music Valley, just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival. The 15th annual festival boasts a lineup of 75 bands including Lalah Hathaway, Jacob Collier, the Earth Wind & Fire Experience (featuring the Al McKay All Stars), Marcus Miller, Jaga Jazzist, Tia Ray, Cui Jian, Li Quan, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Viento Terral with Andy Hunter, just to name a few. Musicians and bands from far and wide are bringing the sounds of jazz, blues, funk, Latin, fusion and more to JZ’s stages.

Sep 13-15, times vary; RMB460-1,380. Maxus Datong Music Valley. See event listing. Purchase 1-day tickets here and 1-day VIP tickets here.


Sep 13-15: 1862 Live

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1862 Theater is bringing three excellent acts to Shanghai in September for one weekend of world music. French act Deep Forest, Spanish string musician Ana Alcaide and Tibet singer Yunggiema will take to the stage for one evening each from September 13-15, and you can now buy your tickets for that over on thMart. 

Sep 13-15, 7.30pm; RMB180-480. 1862 Theater. See event listing. Tickets 1, 2, 3


Sep 14-15: Commune Market

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One of Shanghai's favorite markets is back again at Yong Ping Lane, bringing you the city's best local designers, unique retail, art and international culture. Find gifts by browsing the wares of local designers, sample gourmet food, cocktails and craft beers on tap. The event is kid-friendly and free entry for all.  

Sep 14-15, 11am-6pm; free entry. That’s Territory. See event listing


Sep 19: That’s Shanghai Food and Drink Awards

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It's that time of the year again, time to submit your nominees for the 17th edition of the That's Shanghai Food & Drink Awards! Just like every year, readers can nominate their favorite restaurants, bars, chefs, cafes, mixologists and more. The event will take place at UP Shanghai on September 19. We’ve already got some exciting things in store for this year’s party, including desserts  from A&M Cupcakery, beer and cider from Zapfler, water from S.Pellegrino and plenty more!

Sep 19, 6.30pm; RMB200 presale. Up ShanghaiSee event listing. Tickets


Sep 20-22: Photofairs

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China’s only international art fair devoted to the photographic medium is returning for a sixth year this next month. Photofairs is back bigger and bolder than ever, with plenty in store for fans of visual arts over the course of three days, from September 20-22. The 2019 edition will feature works by well-known names such as Marina Abramovic, Yang Fudong, Vivian Maier and Robert Mapplethorpe, while the winner of the newly-introduced Exposure Award, Noémie Goudal from Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire will exhibit alongside commendations from the award’s judges, including submissions from Morocco, New York and Beijing. Until September 18, you can get standard daily tickets for the reduced price of RMB98 (RMB125 after Sep 18) and VIP tickets for RMB580 (RMB620 after Sep 18). 

Sep 20-22; RMB98 daily (early bird), RMB580 VIP preview ticket (early bird). Shanghai Exhibition Center. See event listingTickets


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