The 8 Best Things to Do This Week in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, January 13, 2020

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


Until Jan 14: Dreamgirls

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Image via 247 Tickets

Having opened on Broadway all the way back in 1981, Dreamgirls is a phenomenal worldwide hit. Bringing to life the story of a trio of fantastic singers in ‘60s America, this musical is one you should see at least once. 

Jan 6-14, various times; RMB200-1,000. Shanghai Culture Square. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 14-19: Lord of the Dance

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Breathing life into the world-famous, renowned Irish dancing set-piece, these dancers bring to life Michael Flatley’s fabulous creation this month in Shanghai. Don’t miss your opportunity to catch some of the most breathtaking music and dancing you’ll see anywhere.  

Jan 14-19, 2/7.15pm; RMB200-880. Shanghai Grand Theater. See event listing. Tickets. 


Jan 15: 'The Big Band' Hot Performance

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It’s a testament to the vast popularity of this music talent TV show, The Big Band, that rock bands like Hedgehog, New Pants, Miserable Faith and co have been catapulted from the underground to the stage of the immense Mercedes-Benz Arena. With six of the best bands from the show’s first season set to perform, this one will sell out fast. 

Jan 15, 7pm; RMB380-1,280. Mercedes-Benz Arena. See event listing. Tickets. 


Jan 17: Carta & Co.

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DJ Carta (Top100DJs #72), takes the decks at Bar Rouge on Friday, January 17 alongside guest DJ Ten and DJ-duo Dirty Class for a night of house & dance music on The Bund. Carta is known for his highly energetic presence as well as his passion to grow in his ever-evolving sound.

Jan 17, 9pm; RMB100 presale. Bar Rouge. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 17: NeunWelten

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German dark folk band NeunWelten uses old Nordic and folk imagery to create dark, wondrous atmospherics in their songs. Compared to an Edgar Allen Poe story, infused with characteristic Scandinavian gloom, this show makes for a heady mixture of styles. 

Jan 17, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB130 door. Yuyintang. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 18: Jiashan Saturday Market

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Flyer courtesy of promoter

One of Shanghai's best foodie markets meets for the last time in the year of the pig. Enjoy delicious bites and drinks, take home artisan foods for the pantry and peruse the fine crafts in the market's ‘secret garden’ courtyard setting.

Jan 18, 11.30am; free entry. Jiashan Market. See event listing


Jan 18: Chinese Spring Festival Gala @ Lofas

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The National Holiday is right around the corner, which means it's time to celebrate. LOFAS is getting into the holiday spirit by hosting an epic bash complete with an amazing lineup of musicians, artists, performers and more. This year, do something different and attend the Chinese Spring Festival Gala right here in Shanghai. 

Jan 18, 7pm; RMB128 presale, RMB188 door. Lofas. See event listing. Tickets


Jan 18: Linkin Park Tribute Concert

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If the cool Shanghai winter has made you ‘Numb,’ swing into The Pearl this January to sweat a little bit with the rough and raucous stylings of Linkin Park, one of the noughties’ most-beloved hard-rocking band.  

Jan 18, 9.30pm; RMB120. The Pearl. See event listing. Tickets


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