Express yourself! The stages and workshops for you creative souls, strutting your inner self for the applause.
Established in 2017, Comedy UN is a comedy club that puts on regular shows in English, Mandarin and Shanghainese. Attendees will roll on the floor laughing at stand-up comedy, open-mics, international headliners, workshops, artist development days, matinee shows, improv, and more.
Unravel is a platform dedicated to harnessing the power of stories for impact and connection. They produce a monthly, curated live show where storytellers share true personal narratives inspired by a given theme.
First founded in 2016, A Shanghai Poetry Zine is published every season and includes both poetry and visual artwork from promising artists and writers in Shanghai. Each edition has a theme, and the works are selected through an anonymous call for submissions. They organize poetry events at the launch of each edition, plus some extra collaborations over the year to explore the boundaries of poetry and other arts.
Elevate is a pathway for artists, creatives, audiences and other curious minds to grow together in the Shanghai arts world through large and small-scale events, art sales and community-driven projects.
Once you're done with your Google spreadsheets and reports in the office, do you have the need to unleash the real you? To share? To give? To be heard? The Very Open Mic (VOM) welcomes any form of expression through art, and thrives on like-minded people getting together and opening up. VOM is a community that gives voice to any form of creative self-expression in a totally non-judgmental way.
Founded by a quirky writing professor three years ago, this is a group for anyone interested in writing, editing, or publishing. Every other Tuesday, they get together in Shanghai, share their work, talk shop, and seek advice from one another to try and develop their writing skills. They have a range of skills and nationalities, and the most important quality that they look for is a passion for writing.
Dragon Burn is a community celebrating art, music, performances, workshops and other imaginative creative outlets in a safe environment, culminating with a yearly "burn" in a rural location.
Zmack is an improv group with over 40 members that regularly put on shows in English, Chinese and French. As well as comedy, they also provide applied improvisation for corporate training. Everyone and anyone is welcome.
Madness is a multi-channelled platform for finding, recruiting, engaging and connecting with professionals from the creative industry, uniting creatives under one flag. They strive to elevate Shanghai’s creative industry on a global scale. They host Madness Talks every two months.
Gathering of filmmakers, creatives and crew.
Literary Shanghai is a community of writers, readers, and translators who gather regularly for talks, readings, workshops, and events. Literary Shanghai’s online journal, Alluvium, publishes prose, poetry, and literary nonfiction. Check the event calendar on the website for the next event.
Shaving in the Dark is an independent collective of illustrators and editors who put together a compilation of their comics in a zine. They do monthly Drink & Draw events to gather the content, as well as art workshops that build comics skills, and occasionally brand activations or lifestyle fairs, at which they do murals, body painting, portraits, mini drawing classes, comics swaps and more. Follow their WeChat account to know more.
Shanghai Sketch Group is a community of budding artists and creatives that host figure drawing sessions. Founded in 2014, the group meet most Sunday afternoons at a variety of locations both indoor and outdoor depending on the weather. It's a pretty casual affair - booze is welcome and you can draw or paint using whatever materials you wish. When the session begins, the model will take up a range of poses lasting anywhere from 2 to 30 minutes. Work is then informally discussed post-session and then shared via a WeChat group. Own equipment needed.
Music-Makers China is an interactive group founded in August 2019. The main purpose of this group is to bring music creators and lovers of music together on one platform. Artists will have the opportunity to share, promote and collaborate with other artists from different cities in China, all in an effort to open them up to more opportinities in and around China.