What's On in Shenzhen: December 2018

By That's Shenzhen, November 30, 2018

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

Dec 1: Zip Improv Comedy

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Locally formed improv comedy act Zip fill a gaping hole in Shenzhen when it comes to comedy, so it is with delight that we welcome them back for another show at Feliz Bar. Catch up with the hilarious crew as they tackle the holiday season. Who knows what they will have in store for us? 

Sat Dec 1, 8pm; RMB60 presale, RMB75 at the door. Feliz Bar & Restaurant. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 3: 2018 That's Food & Drink Awards – Shenzhen

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Come for the food and booze but be sure to stay for the awards, entertainment (courtesy of Shenzhen-based music maestros Adrian Blackstock, RMB and A.Black DJ ) and lucky draw – which is sure to be the highlight of the night! We will be giving away an array of amazing prizes, including five-star hotel vouchers, dining packages at some of Shenzhen’s hottest F&B establishments and a flight from Hong Kong to Europe courtesy of Cathay Pacific Airways.

Mon Dec 3, 6.30pm; RMB280 presale, RMB350 at the door. Shenzhen Luohu Shangri-La Hotel. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 3: Carmen

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Georges Bizet’s classic opera tells the tale of Spanish gypsy, Carmen. The opera is loved for its comedic approach to ill-fated love, as well as its portrayal of Don Jose. The Spanish soldier’s failed attempts to win the tempestuous heart of the titular character makes for a fun show. 

Mon Dec 3, 8pm; RMB126-680. Shenzhen Poly Theater. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 4: Christmas Drinks

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Put on by the British, Benelux, French and the Australian chambers of commerce, this event invites guests to indulge in Christmas-themed snacks, as well as wine and beer. Attendees are requested to wear their best red and gold outfits. For tickets contact southchina@austcham.org. 

Tue Dec 4, 7-10pm; RMB250 member, RMB350 nonmember. Galleon. See event listing. For tickets contact southchina@austcham.org. 

Dec 8: Marco Polo Christmas Party

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Santa Claus in South China, you say? Believe us, it’s not a ruse. Bring your kids to this Christmas-themed party for tasty treats and to get into the holiday spirit this December. There will be plenty of fun games for kids to enjoy, so this party is perfect for a family day out. 

Sat Dec 8, 3pm; RMB300, half price for children under 12, free for children under six. Marco Polo Shenzhen. See event listing. Scan the QR code below and add the WeChat account to register for this event:


Dec 8: Chui Wan

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It has been a busy year for Chui Wan. Welcoming two new members into the band earlier this year, as well as frontman Yan Yulong starting his own label Maybe Noise Records, the group get back together this winter for a national tour. The infusion of new talent will hopefully result in some great music by the group that brought us The Landscape the Tropics Never Had

Sat Dec 8, 8.30pm; RMB100 presale, RMB120 at the door. Brown Sugar Jar (Shekou). See event listing. Tickets

Dec 8: GriffO

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GriffO is a band that generally defy categorization. Based in Hangzhou, their music has raised many an eyebrow in the years since they first arrived on the scene. They combine electronic and atmospheric shades with a very significant math rock backbone to create something that feels almost extraterrestrial.  

Sat Dec 8, 8.30pm; RMB60 presale, RMB80 at the door. Hou Live. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 8: Captivating Santa Run

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Captivating are putting on another exciting event this holiday season and inviting folks to come out for their inaugural Santa Run. You can take part in a 6-kilometer run or a 3-kilometer run and attendees can also enjoy some festive live music and Christmas carols. Bring your kids along to meet Santa and get a free gift. All proceeds will go to the Captivating charity and its China-based partners. 

Sat Dec 8, 8am; RMB150. Central Park Fishing Harbor. See event listing. Register by scanning the QR code in the event listing

Dec 8-9: Strawberry Music Festival

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Modern Sky brings their annual festival to the South for this awesome exhibition of talent from both home and abroad. This year the standout name is undoubtedly Franz Ferdinand, who top the bill on Sunday, December 9. Don’t miss a fantastic weekend of music. 

Sat-Sun Dec 8/9, 2pm; RMB280 one-day presale, RMB480 two-day presale. Shenzhen Bay Sports Center. See event listing

Dec 9: Guan

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Guan has made quite a mark on the Chinese electronic music scene with his label FunctionLab. The Hangzhou-based musician comes to Oil in December to show off his unique mix of industrial techno and glitchy electronic beats. Likely to turn Oil into a hot, sweaty mess. Techno fans won’t want to miss this one. 

Sun Dec 9, 10pm; RMB60 presale, RMB80 at the door. Oil Club. See event listing. Tickets.  

Dec 9: Little Wizard

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Noisy Shaoxing group Little Wizard have moments when they resemble the likes of Sonic Youth. They deviate from that script heavily however, picking out diverse and difficult rhythms a la math rock. After the release of their latest record, EP Jiequ, the band undertake this national tour. 

Sun Dec 9, 8.30pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 at the door. Hou Live. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 9: Macbeth

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The Scottish play is possibly Shakespeare’s most famous work, and more than likely his bloodiest. Follow the medieval king as he battles with his ambitions and his guilt, both of which prove to be his undoing (spoilers).   

Sun Dec 9, 2.30pm/7.30pm; RMB240-360. Shenzhen Children’s Palace. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 11: We Made God

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Icelandic band We Made God has been touring for around 14 years now. Their atmospheric rock music reflects the icy and stormy land of their residence. Something about songs like ‘Oh Dae-Su’ and ‘Gizmo’ recall geography and landscape more than they describe emotions or people. This show is certainly worth catching.  

Tue Dec 11, 8.30pm; RMB90 presale. B10 Live. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 15: VIP Xmas Glamour Party


Empowering Women Business Association is presenting you with a VIP Xmas Glamour Party for all of the ladies in Shenzhen, but the male community is also invited to attend this amazing event at Hilton Hotel Futian on December 15, from 8pm till 11pm. They will also have a great international DJ, lucky draws, games and lots of fun.

Sat Dec 15, 8-11pm; RMB199 early bird, RMB250 regular. Hilton Shenzhen Futian. See event listing. To register, scan the QR code in the flyer. 

Dec 15: Grove Hood

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Presenting one of Wuhan’s most thriving young rap labels, Oil brings you something a little bit different this December. The group currently has around nine members and is helping to prop up the Wuhan rap scene. While Wuhan may be known as a punk city, new punks (read: rappers) like Grove Hood are taking over the city. Get ready for a Shenzhen takeover on December 15. 

Sat Dec 15, 8.30pm; RMB60 presale, RMB80 at the door. Oil Club. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 15: SWIS Winter Celebration

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This family-friendly event is aimed at folks of all ages, welcoming both Shen Wai International School families and the greater community, with the school’s fantastic and friendly staff on-hand to make your day engaging, interesting and fun.  

Sat Dec 15, 11am-3pm; SWIS. See event listing.

Dec 22: Elephant Gym

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Long before math rock was fashionable, Taiwanese band Elephant Gym were planting the seeds for what has clearly been a musical shift towards that very technical genre in recent years. Their latest album Shuidi showed off the band’s range, as they allow bass guitars to jam at the forefront of their tunes, while also experimenting with bells and atmospherics. 

Sat Dec 22, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 at the door. B10 Live. See event listing. Tickets

Dec 22-23: Feliz Navidad Latin American Food & Culture Festival

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The event is scheduled for the holiday season, and will spotlight South China’s growing Latin American community with up to 20 restaurants from Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Dongguan serving authentic food and drinks from Central and South America.

Sat-Sun Dec 22-23, 11am-8pm; free entry. One iPark Plaza. See event listing.

Dec 25: Monster KaR

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Monster KaR are one of the most talented rock bands that Guangzhou has to offer right now. Powerful vocals and fantastic songwriting combine to give their live show an intimacy that is hard to find. You can catch them playing songs from their latest self titled album on Christmas Day.  

Tue Dec 25, 8pm; RMB80 presale, RMB120 at the door. Hou Live. See event listing. Tickets.

Dec 30:

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Adapted from the play of the same name by Joshua Sobel, Ghetto is the story of a Jewish theater group who performed in Nazi Germany during World War II. The story shows the intense heartbreak and passion for life of those who lived during the turbulent time period. Similar to Oscar-winning film Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni, this show highlights the human ability to maintain optimism in the face of great tragedy. 

Sun Dec 30, 8pm; RMB280-880. Shenzhen Poly Theater. See event listing. Tickets.

Jan 1: Swan Lake

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Experience this classic wintry ballet this December and watch as Odette and Siegfried combat the evil plots of sorcerer Rothbart. By now, Swan Lake has become one of the most identifiable and famous ballets in the world, as fans flock to watch the tragic love story unfold. 

Wed Jan 1, 8pm; RMB100-580. Shenzhen Poly Theatre. See event listing. Tickets

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