Wed
23

    • The French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky doing some impressive vocal flexing at Shanghai Stadium. Expect baroque stylings and pitches higher than The Alps - he's taking it back to the castrato days. He's well versed in the works of Seicento, Sances, Rossi, Handel, and Vivaldi. Tickets start at 180rmb and go up to 880rmb for the best seats. Grab them quick and we'll deliver them right to your door, right here. Show starts at 7:30pm.
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd
    The French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky doing some impressive vocal flexing at Shanghai Stadium. Expect baroque stylings and pitches higher than The Alps - he's taking it back to the castrato days. He's well versed in the works of...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Sat
26

    • Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) celebrates its 15th birthday up on the fifth floor of the Power Station of Art this summer. For its anniversary retrospective, the award is focusing on two central themes: Time and Figures. On display will be award highlights from the past 15 years, all coming together to show how the initiative has contributed to China's contemporary art scene on a national and international level. That includes some 50 artworks from 19 awarded artists, with notable names Zhou Tiehai, Ai Wei Wei and Liu Wei all set to make an appearance..
      Power Station of Art 200 Huayuangang Lu, near Miaojiang Lu
    Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) celebrates its 15th birthday up on the fifth floor of the Power Station of Art this summer. For its anniversary retrospective, the award is focusing on two central themes: Time and Figures. On display...
    Power Station of Art
 
    • So a few hundred years after Shakespeare died, David Greig wrote a sequel to Macbeth and it's coming to Shanghai for three nights. "Macbeth is dead, long live the king. Under the cover of night, an English army has swept through the Scottish landscape, killed the tyrant, and taken the seat of power…" This play got high marks from the Guardian, who called it "a work of compelling intelligence, provocation and wit." Presale tickets from SmartTicket start at 80rmb and go up to 880rmb for the top sets. Play starts at 7:15pm each night at the Lyric Theatre inside the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

      Tickets available here on SmartTicket.
      Shanghai Grand Theatre 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu

    So a few hundred years after Shakespeare died, David Greig wrote a sequel to Macbeth and it's coming to Shanghai for three nights. "Macbeth is dead, long live the king. Under the cover of night, an English army has swept through the...
    Shanghai Grand Theatre


Sun
27

    • Charity piano concert by Sophie Leacacos to raise money for heart surgery for an underprivileged Chinese child. Event is totally nonprofit. Find out more over on the Heart to Heart Shanghai website. They suggest a 100rmb donation to attend, and the concert goes from 3–5pm.
      Shanghai Center Theatre 1/F, Shanghai Center, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu

    Charity piano concert by Sophie Leacacos to raise money for heart surgery for an underprivileged Chinese child. Event is totally nonprofit. Find out more over on the Heart to Heart Shanghai website. They suggest a 100rmb donation to...
    Shanghai Center Theatre


Wed
30

    • Club for Five (CFF) is a contemporary a cappella group from Finland. They are known for their unique singing style. Club for Five was founded in Helsinki in 2001. Their repertoire (both Finnish and English) is mainly self-arranged and/or self-composed pop music with influences from a variety of musical genres. Tickets are available: http://en.damai.cn/event/tickets_62959/ They play the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. Price: 80—880.
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    Club for Five (CFF) is a contemporary a cappella group from Finland. They are known for their unique singing style. Club for Five was founded in Helsinki in 2001. Their repertoire (both Finnish and English) is mainly self-arranged and/or...
    SmSh Territory


May
04

    • One of America's top five orchestras comes to Shanghai for a night of music by Glinka, Rachmanninoff, and Berlioz. This show features conductor Lorin Maazel, one of the world's most renowned conductors for over fifty years, plus piano by the young Behzod Abduraimov from Uzbekistan. Tickets start at 80rmb and go up to 2,280rmb for the best seats. Show goes from 7:30–10pm
      Shanghai Oriental Art Center 425 Dingxiang Lu, near Century Blvd
    One of America's top five orchestras comes to Shanghai for a night of music by Glinka, Rachmanninoff, and Berlioz. This show features conductor Lorin Maazel, one of the world's most renowned conductors for over fifty years, plus piano by...
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center
 
    • The talented young Swiss pianist François-Xavier Poizat comes to Shanghai for a night of classics by Chopin, Ravel, and Stravinsky. Poizat has been performing at festivals since he was twelve, and won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 and the “Prix Jeune Soliste 2007” from the Radios Francophones Publiques. Presale tickets on SmartTicket start at 80rmb and go up to 580rmb.

      Tickets available here on SmartTicket. Show starts at 7:30pm.
      He Luting Concert Hall 20 Fenyang Lu, near Huaihai Lu inside the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

    The talented young Swiss pianist François-Xavier Poizat comes to Shanghai for a night of classics by Chopin, Ravel, and Stravinsky. Poizat has been performing at festivals since he was twelve, and won the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011...
    He Luting Concert Hall


May
17

    • Art Deco Weekend Shanghai, two days of lectures, tours and parties all related to the city’s signature architectural style, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. A warm-up for the World Congress on Art Deco 2015, to be held in Shanghai, the event features morning talks at M on the Bund, with afternoons dedicated to walking tours featuring some of Shanghai’s finest Art Deco treasures. Art Deco Talks & Walks Talks will include an introductory lecture on “The Age of Art Deco in Shanghai,” a keynote lecture by Professor Ruan Yisan (invited), Professor of Architecture at Tongji University and Director of the Historic Cities Research Institute; a lecture on Art Deco design in Chinese films of the 1920s and 30s by Dr. Linda Johnson and a panel discussion with several Art Deco experts. Walks will feature a walking tour of Art Deco buildings in Shanghai’s Hongkou District and a walking tour of Art Deco buildings on and near the Bund. An Art Deco-themed cocktail party will cap the first day’s festivities. Order tickets at info@historic-shanghai.com or (86-21) 5403 1927. Please note that tickets must be paid for ahead of time (delivery can be arranged). Price: 600rmb/weekend, 400rmb per day. Limited student tickets are available at 100rmb.
      M on the Bund Five on the Bund, 7/F, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

    Art Deco Weekend Shanghai, two days of lectures, tours and parties all related to the city’s signature architectural style, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. A warm-up for the World Congress on Art Deco 2015, to be held in...
    M on the Bund


May
23

    • Semiofest provides an inclusive platform to all practicing professionals of semiotics – to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences and learn from one another. By propagating top class, applied, semiotic thinking, Semiofest’s vision is to unveil the bigger picture that inspires all of us. Previously hosted in London, UK and Barcelona, Spain, Semiofest is coming to Asia for the first time. Admission is 830rmb at V Art Center in M50. Schedule at the jump.
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    Semiofest provides an inclusive platform to all practicing professionals of semiotics – to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences and learn from one another. By propagating top class, applied, semiotic thinking, Semiofest’s vision...
    SmSh Territory
 
    • The London Mozart Players (LMP), one of the UK's finest ensembles, comes to the Shanghai Grand Theatre for a night of music by Mozart. The program includes Symphony No. 38 in D major, Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, and Serenade No.9 in D major. They're joined by pianist Chen Sa, the only pianist in history to receive awards in all the world's top piano competitions - the Leeds International Piano Competition, the International Chopin Piano Competition, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Tickets start at 80rmb and go up to 580rmb. Starts at 7:30pm.
      Shanghai Grand Theatre 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu
    The London Mozart Players (LMP), one of the UK's finest ensembles, comes to the Shanghai Grand Theatre for a night of music by Mozart. The program includes Symphony No. 38 in D major, Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, and Serenade No.9 in...
    Shanghai Grand Theatre

May
25

    • As part of their World-renowned Orchestra Series, the Lyric Theatre brings in conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Established in 1900, they're one of the world's top orchestras - The New York Times recently called them "famous for glowing strings and homogeneous richness." They're playing tunes by Mozart and Mahler during their night in Shanghai. Tickets available on SmartTicket, from 180rmb and go up to 1880rmb.
      Shanghai Grand Theatre 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu

    As part of their World-renowned Orchestra Series, the Lyric Theatre brings in conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Established in 1900, they're one of the world's top orchestras - The New York Times recently...
    Shanghai Grand Theatre


On
going

    • Based in Dali, Yunnan province, contemporary artist Li Zesong takes inspiration from his stunning surroundings for a modern take on traditional Chinese ink paintings. Incorporating tones of black, white and grey, works feature vast landscapes and tiny human figures, evoking fragility and helplessness, along with more positive emotions like tranquility and humor...
      Noeli Gallery 150 B Yueyang Lu, near Yongjia Lu

    Based in Dali, Yunnan province, contemporary artist Li Zesong takes inspiration from his stunning surroundings for a modern take on traditional Chinese ink paintings. Incorporating tones of black, white and grey, works feature vast...
    Daily until Apr 25 at Noeli Gallery

 
    • Liz Hingley came to Shanghai in June 2013, twenty years after Line One of Shanghai’s metro opened. It is now the second largest metro system in the world and transports an average of more than 7 million people daily. She was fascinated by how its development has dramatically changed the city's social, economic and geographical structure. Liz spent two months traveling to every metro terminus to document the landscapes and communities at the peripheries of Shanghai's urban sprawl. The work was published as part of the Portrait De Villes book series in November 2013. Liz is also curating the "Mapping Shanghai" talk and workshop series at K11 Shanghai Art Space. The show opens 7pm April 18.
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    Liz Hingley came to Shanghai in June 2013, twenty years after Line One of Shanghai’s metro opened. It is now the second largest metro system in the world and transports an average of more than 7 million people daily. She was fascinated...
    Daily until May 16 at SmSh Territory
 
    • ShanghART Gallery unveils Liu Weijian’s solo, Under the Sun this springtime. Comprising some 20 paintings created between 2011 and 2013, together, they allude to an arduous voyage through a challenging landscape. The Hunan-born talent has exhibited internationally, and his Shanghai show is curated by Demetrio Paparoni.
      Shanghart Gallery Bldg 18, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu

    ShanghART Gallery unveils Liu Weijian’s solo, Under the Sun this springtime. Comprising some 20 paintings created between 2011 and 2013, together, they allude to an arduous voyage through a challenging landscape. The Hunan-born talent...
    Daily until Apr 24 at Shanghart Gallery

 
    • A pan-Asian celebration of the visual art of comics and animation, organized by five museums and institutions across the region, the Animamix Biennale is now in its seventh year. With participating cities focusing on their unique anime landscape, in Shanghai, that includes David Blandy, Cai Xuchen, Bae Jongheon, Wang Xin and more, all around the theme of 'Rediscovery'...
      MOCA Shanghai People's Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu

    A pan-Asian celebration of the visual art of comics and animation, organized by five museums and institutions across the region, the Animamix Biennale is now in its seventh year. With participating cities focusing on their unique anime...
    Daily until May 15 at MOCA Shanghai

 
    • The Royal Institute of British Architects hit China this spring, courtesy of Shanghai Windows Project 2014 at addresses throughout Xintiandi. Eleven installations by a host of UK-based studios will grace shop fronts throughout the area, with offerings from UN Studio, Mamou-Mani, and interactive sound clouds by Nex.
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    The Royal Institute of British Architects hit China this spring, courtesy of Shanghai Windows Project 2014 at addresses throughout Xintiandi. Eleven installations by a host of UK-based studios will grace shop fronts throughout the area,...
    Daily until May 5 at SmSh Territory
 
    • Shanghai: The Pattern of the City is a new exhibition of some 20 recent paintings by Juju Sun. All vibrant colors and textures, Sun seeks to translate her surrounding urban environment of the Shanghai cityscape into a bright, visual language.
      Pearl Lam Galleries G/F, 181 Jiangxi Zhong Lu, near Fuzhou Lu
    Shanghai: The Pattern of the City is a new exhibition of some 20 recent paintings by Juju Sun. All vibrant colors and textures, Sun seeks to translate her surrounding urban environment of the Shanghai cityscape into a bright, visual...
    Daily until May 3 at Pearl Lam Galleries
 
    • One of the founding members of the first non-conformist artist group “The Stars” back in 1979 and pioneer of the 798 art district in Beijing, a selection of Huang Rui's recent works go on display at Magda Danysz Gallery this spring. A pivotal figure in Chinese avant-garde art, Rui's newest pieces explore the lyrical resonance between words and colors, and the relationship between poetry and visual experience.
      Gallery Magda Danysz 188 Linqing Lu, near Yangshupu Lu

    One of the founding members of the first non-conformist artist group “The Stars” back in 1979 and pioneer of the 798 art district in Beijing, a selection of Huang Rui's recent works go on display at Magda Danysz Gallery this spring. A...
    Daily until May 10 at Gallery Magda Danysz

 
    • Ying Yefu, also known as Shen Zhe Ming Yi, is one of China's most exciting emerging ink painters - and certainly one of the most widely-collected internationally. All meticulously detailed strokes - characteristic of gongbi style - the theme of this newest series is the new Asian hero. Going explicitly against a culture of celebrity, for Ying, the real hero is the everyman, the constant presence at the back of an immense theatre of life who's hidden from center stage...
      Art Labor Gallery 570 Yongjia Lu, near Yueyang Lu

    Ying Yefu, also known as Shen Zhe Ming Yi, is one of China's most exciting emerging ink painters - and certainly one of the most widely-collected internationally. All meticulously detailed strokes - characteristic of gongbi style - the...
    Daily until Apr 30 at Art Labor Gallery

 
    • Born in Harbin, Chai Yiming now lives and works in Shanghai where he meticulously hones his contemporary take on traditional Chinese ink wash paintings. On show at FQ Projects newest exhibition will be recent works by the artist, spanning landscapes ranging from the fairytale through to the historic...
      FQ Projects No 76, 927 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Nanchang Lu
    Born in Harbin, Chai Yiming now lives and works in Shanghai where he meticulously hones his contemporary take on traditional Chinese ink wash paintings. On show at FQ Projects newest exhibition will be recent works by the artist, spanning...
    Daily until May 14 at FQ Projects
 
    • Waking from Hibernation is an exhibition of new large format photographs by Hangzhou-based artist Shan Feiming. On display are works from three of his most recent series: Jungle, Silent Distance, and Waking from Hibernation. All organic imagery, Shan finds inspiration in the natural world to give voice to his experiences and reflections.
      m97 2/F, 97 Moganshan Lu, near Changhua Lu
    Waking from Hibernation is an exhibition of new large format photographs by Hangzhou-based artist Shan Feiming. On display are works from three of his most recent series: Jungle, Silent Distance, and Waking from Hibernation. All organic...
    Daily until May 11 at m97
 
    • Taking historical objects as its starting point, OV Gallery's current exhibition seeks to examine how memories are constructed, how they mutate and are eventually lost. Here, eight artists showcase works across a range of media, all relating to memories - their own or those of others. Ranging from baijiu bottles, locks of hair and antique nightgowns, all carry an aura of their previous owners... Featured artists include Monika Lin, Xu Zhifeng and Zhang Hao.
      OV Gallery Room 207, Bldg 4A, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Aomen Lu

    Taking historical objects as its starting point, OV Gallery's current exhibition seeks to examine how memories are constructed, how they mutate and are eventually lost. Here, eight artists showcase works across a range of media, all...
    Daily until May 26 at OV Gallery

 
    • Island6 art collective's newest venue over on Fuzhou Lu gets a very adult makeover, thanks to current exhibition, Melted Paraffin Wax. Expect the usual array of LED-fused works, interactive pieces and more than a little latex. To celebrate the opening, they're kicking things off on 28 February from 7pm through 10pm.
      Island6 Bund G/F, 17 Fuzhou Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu

    Island6 art collective's newest venue over on Fuzhou Lu gets a very adult makeover, thanks to current exhibition, Melted Paraffin Wax. Expect the usual array of LED-fused works, interactive pieces and more than a little latex. To celebrate...
    Daily until Apr 28 at Island6 Bund

 
    • Continuing its 2014 public program, the University of Hong Kong Shanghai Study Center presents new exhibition, Contingency Plans: or, Living with Unstable Grounds. Works on display will consider how the earth's unexpected forces shape landscapes and society through understudied cases from overlooked places. That includes a landslide in Hong Kong, the persistent desertification in China, volcanic eruptions in Indonesia, and the seepage of mining waste in West Papua. University of Hong Kong/ Shanghai Study Center, 298 Bei Suzhou Lu, near Sichuan Bei Lu
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    Continuing its 2014 public program, the University of Hong Kong Shanghai Study Center presents new exhibition, Contingency Plans: or, Living with Unstable Grounds. Works on display will consider how the earth's unexpected forces shape...
    Daily until Jun 1 at SmSh Territory

 
    • The inaugural exhibition of the brand-spanking new Long Museum West Bund (sister institution of Pudong's Long Museum, no less), Re-View casts a retrospective eye over contemporary, modern and traditional Chinese art. Although everything on show is top-notch (this is the private collection of zillionaire collectors Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei after all), there's no surprises as such. The real highlight, though, is the architecture of this stunning museum - designed by Liu Yichun of Atelier Deshaus, it's a slick addition to the city's blossoming cultural scene...
      Long Museum West Bund 3398, Longteng Avenue, near Fenglin Lu

    The inaugural exhibition of the brand-spanking new Long Museum West Bund (sister institution of Pudong's Long Museum, no less), Re-View casts a retrospective eye over contemporary, modern and traditional Chinese art. Although everything on...
    Daily until Jun 30 at Long Museum West Bund

 
    • In a first for mainland China, an exhibition dedicated to Master of Impressionism: Claude Monet hits up K11 Art Mall's chi space this Spring. Expect 40 original paintings by the 19th century great man himself, as well as a bunch of other works by other masters of Impressionism on loan from the Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris.
      Chi Art Space K11 Art Mall, 1/F, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu

    In a first for mainland China, an exhibition dedicated to Master of Impressionism: Claude Monet hits up K11 Art Mall's chi space this Spring. Expect 40 original paintings by the 19th century great man himself, as well as a bunch of other...
    Daily until Jun 15 at Chi Art Space




May 30

Taylor Swift The Red Tour

Country-pop crossover act Taylor Swift makes her first ever appearance in Mainland China on May 30 at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena.

May 4

Boston Symphony Orchestra

One of America's top five orchestras comes to Shanghai for a night of music by Glinka, Rachmanninoff, and Berlioz. This show features conductor Lorin Maazel...

May 16-18

Le Noir

Acrobats and some of the world's top cirque performers at this colorful three-night show down at the Shanghai Grand Stage. Expect twenty performers, a carefully crafted set, and a spellbinding theatrical journey through red, white...


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