September 12: The MozART Group (pictured above)
Classical music can’t be humorous - or can it? Quirky quartet the MozART Group has caused typically silent audiences to burst into laughter at their hilarious interpretations of classical pieces. The fantastical group merges traditional elements of classical music together with the spunk of pop – and dancing. Get crazy with the classics!
Where: Shenzhen Concert Hall, 2016 Fuzhong Yi Lu, Futian District 福田区福中一路2016号深圳音乐厅 (8284 1888)
September 12: Irma
The Cameroonian-turned-French expat sings peppy blues, sometimes performs in subway stations and has collaborated with will.i.am. Previously nominated as Best French Artist by the MTV Europe Music Awards, she was first discovered on YouTube. Now, two albums deep in her career, she continues to please audiences with her uplifting tunes.
Cost: RMB130 presale, RMB150 at the door
Where: B10, North Side of Bldg C2, North District, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District 南山区华侨城创意文化园北区C2栋北侧 (8633 7602)
September 12: British Day
The British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong and China-UK College of Shenzhen is inviting everyone to British Day Shenzhen.
The festival's raison d'etre is to celebrate all things British – food, music, style and traditions – the event will also have live music (including DJs), games and a myriad of prizes.
Sample British beer, English tea, fish and chips and traditional British-style pies during this wonderful afternoon.
Cost: RMB20, free entry for kids below 1.2 meters
When: September 12, noon-5.30pm
Where: China-UK College Shenzhen, 243 Haicheng Lu, Bao’an District, Shenzhen 深圳市宝安中心区海城路243号中英公学 (020-8331 5013, email@example.com)
September 12-13: The Bond Festival
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A celebration of the human spirit through art, music, dance and crafts, this two-day event will open with an African drum ceremony, followed by a live hip-hop show by CHEE and the Mighty Orphans. The Collectiv will take over Saturday night, leading festival-goers into Sunday morning with sets of reggae, dub, jungle and drum and bass. Starting Sunday, some of Shenzhen’s best rock, folk and alternative original bands will come together as Rock 'N Soul brings music lovers Dragon Turtle, Space Folk, Choked Zone and more. Other activities will include graffiti artists, fire and hoop dancing, an open-air craft fair and hiking.
Cost: RMB150 presale, RMB200 at the door
When: Saturday 2pm - Sunday 6pm
Where: 106 Kuipeng Lu, Dapeng New District 大鹏新区106号葵鹏路 (135 1023 6469)
September 13: The Grinding Ear
This Beijing-based band now plays instrumental rock music, but they started as a grunge band. It’s been a while since they self-released their first two albums, but now they’ve come out with a third: The Raining Universe, aiming to create a narrative space for their audience.
Cost: RMB50 presale, RMB70 at the door
Where: B10, North Side of Bldg C2, North District, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District南山区华侨城创意文化园北区C2栋北侧 (8633 7602)