The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Shenzhen

By That's Shenzhen, July 15, 2019

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That’s Shenzhen takes a look at the best of the week:

Wed, Jul 17: Shenzhen FC Home Game

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Come support your local football team, Shenzhen FC, on July 17 as they face off against Chongqing Lifan and aim to make a late surge up the league table.

Wed Jul 17, 7.35pm; RMB60-200. Shenzhen Universiade Sports CenterSee event listing. Tickets.

Thu-Mon, Jul 18-22: Shenzhen Cartoon and Animation Festival 

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The Shenzhen Cartoon and Animation festival is on its 11th year and will be hosted at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. Get to know other gamers, cosplay and compete at this five-day affair.

Thu-Mon Jul 18-22, 9am-6pm; RMB50. Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition CenterSee event listing. Tickets

Fri-Mon, Jul 19-22: Shenzhen Book Fair

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Calling all book lovers! This will be the first book fair in the city’s history, with over 300 booksellers across the country displaying more or less one million books. Dozens of cultural celebrities, including famous Chinese novelists like Mai Jia and Chi Li, will give lectures during the fair. Frederic Pierucci, author of The American Trap, a bestseller in China, will also attend the fair. This year is also the 20th anniversary of Shenzhen Reading Month. So go out and celebrate! 

Fri-Mon Jul 19-22, 9am-5.30pm; RMB10. Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. See event listing. Tickets.

Sat, Jul 20: Marmot Music Festival

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A student-sponsored, full-day music festival will be held at A8 Live this Saturday! Last year almost 1,000 tickets were sold, which makes this year's edition a must-attend event for music lovers. Gear up for round two this year with sounds of rock, pop, hip-hop, heavy metal, electronic and many other musical genres. 

Sat Jul 20, 4-10pm; RMB100 early bird, RMB150 standard. A8 Live. See event listing. Tickets

Sat, Jul 20: Antje Weithaas Violin Recital 

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A seasoned and decorated violinist, Antje Weithaas will be on stage at Mountain View Theater this month. Prepare to be delighted by the solo sonatas and partitas of Bach as well as Ysaÿe’s sonatas as interpreted by a technical master.

Sat Jul 20, 8pm; RMB380-480. The Mountain View Theater. See event listing. Tickets.

Sat, Jul 20: Mitsume 

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Japanese indie rock band Mitsume started out in 2009 as a self-recording quartet in Tokyo and began performing live in 2010. Their songs are led by upbeat yet laidback guitar riffs accompanied by Japanese vocals. The band’s new album Ghosts, their fifth album to date, was released in April, with all singles, EPs and albums launched through their own self-titled label. Lead vocalist Moto Kawabe was quoted as saying, “Since our first album, we’ve been under nobody’s control but our own… we prefer to do whatever we can ourselves.” 

Sat Jul 20, 8.30pm; RMB140 presale, RMB180 at the door. B10 LiveSee event listing. Tickets.

Sat, Jul 20: ZIP Improv Live Comedy Show

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Do you want to see how comics turn difficult and awkward situations into hilarious jokes? Come watch ZIP Improv comedy show at Luna this Saturday. This is your chance to hop on stage and improvise! The improv show is always based on audience suggestions and your input will definitely be needed! 

Sat Jul 20, 8pm; RMB80 early bird, RMB100 regular. LunaSee event listing. Tickets.

Sat, Jul 20: Tattoo Party

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Terrace and XT Tattoo Studios are hosting an epic tattoo party! Organizers assure that the night will be filled with good vibes, live music, food specials, free tattoo stickers and good company. You'll also have a chance to win a free airbrush tattoo or a bottle of Absolut vodka. 

Sat Jul 20, 10pm-4am; free entry. Terrace Restaurant & Bar. See event listing.

Until Sep 1: Wonderland of Pan Fan, Dance of Shadows Du Qing Joint Solo Exhibition

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This is the first solo exhibition of two female Chinese artists, Pan Fan and Du Qing, in Shenzhen. Based in Shanghai, Pan Fan always had an artistic streak: She was born into an artistic family, studied at the Oil Painting Department of Shanghai University Academy of Fine Arts and later finished at the Tomo University of Fine Arts in Japan. Pan uses comprehensive materials and a colorful graffiti style to express the fun of life. Du Qing was born in Shanxi and now works and lives in Xi’an. She graduated from the Oil Painting Department at Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. From a female perspective, the artworks of Du Qing incarnate the consciousness of women: They are ordinary and imperfect; they are bizarre, clumsy and sensitive.

Daily until Sept 1, 10am-7pm; free entry. Great Art Space. See event listing

Until Oct 8: Marine Life in the Forbidden City - A Multimedia Exhibition

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Marine Life in the Forbidden City, is developed from ‘Hai Cuo Tu’ – a painting by Nie Huang, who was a painter and biologist in the Qing dynasty – and contains over 300 types of sea creatures. This exhibition is a multimedia, digital representation that transforms two-dimensional texts into a multisensory experience combining visual, audio and touch. 

Tue-Sun until Oct 8, 10am-7pm (Tue-Fri), 10am-9pm (Sat-Sun); RMB98-198. Sea World Culture and Arts Center. See event listing. Tickets

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