The 5 best events this week
April 20-22: Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai 2018
The Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) is returning for its fifth year is the. Watch the world’s elite show jumpers battle for big prize money and supremacy during this test of endurance for both rider and their equine companion.
Apr 21-22: Baby Loves Chinese Opera - Sichuan Opera & Pingtan
Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre brings their third series to the stage in 2018: Baby Loves Chinese Opera. In these four plays staged throughout the year, combined with exhibitions and workshops, the theatre will immerse children in the charm of Chinese opera, to ignite their interest in these traditional performing arts.
Apr 21: Bhartiya Community Spring Festival
With a successful run last year, the Bhartiya Community is back with another Spirit of Spring Festival. For one day only, this Indian themed alfresco bazaar brings together food vendors, homemade goodies, designers and musicians to entertain the whole family.
Apr 21: Laputa: Castle in the Sky Concert
Japanese animation lovers will adore this multimedia concert, which features compositions from a variety of Hayao Miyazaki’s greatest movies. From classics like Castle in the Sky, to My Neighbour Totoro, to Princess Mononoke and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, the whole audience will feel a wave of nostalgia upon listening to these stunningly crafted songs—all due to the immense talents of composer Joe Hisaishi and director Hayao Miyazaki.
April 21-29: Puppet Show - Little Wizards
Brought to you by Varna State Puppet Theatre from Bulgaria, the puppet show is about a weird old man who cannot smile and seldom talks to others. He keeps his eccentric lifestyle until one day he meets four little wizards. Premiered in 2014, the show has been put on hundreds of times in Bulgaria and abroad, and has won numerous international awards.
The 7 best upcoming events
May 12-13: Sound of Spring 2018
That's Shanghai and Urban Family's family carnival Sound of Spring is back! Join the festivities on May 12 and 13 at Jinqiao's Green Sunshine Stadium in this celebration of family quality time with tons of music, sports and activities.
Apr 29 & May 1: Hand in Hand International Children's Music Festival
Hand in Hand International Children's Music Festival brings the best bands for kids from around the world to tour China. Bring your kid to their first rock show and bop along to Latin Grammy and Emmy award-winning and Grammy-nominated Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (USA) and Hippe Gasten (Holland). Get ready for infectiously catchy surf rock melodies and high octane rock music for kids. It's a show the whole family can enjoy together!
May 9-13: Fireflies: Shadow Kingdom
In the show, actors will tell vignettes from various cartoon worlds, using actors behind a semitransparent screen to illustrate lovable, well-known characters living different scenes from their lives. Prepare to go on an adventure with characters including Alice, Elsa and Aladdin and explore the mysterious world of shadows.
May 11-13: Guess How Much I Love You
Based on Sam McBratney’s beloved children’s classic, the show is about the tale of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare, who compete to measure their love for each other in what has become a classic, lovable story. Join the two bunnies as they jump off the pages and onto the stage, in a live, magical journey that is perfect for tiny theatergoers.
Jun 3: Family Comedy Show: ¡Muu!2
¡Muu!2 is a satire about the world of bullfighting. The sense of honor, the macho posturing, the bravery, the national festival and animal cruelty, wrapped up in the sacred values continuing well into the 21st century that pit man against beast.
July 5-8: Dora the Explorer Live - Search for the City of Lost Toys
Everyone's favorite explorer is embarking on a live musical adventure in Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys. Dora the Explorer has lost her teddy bear Osito, and the search is on to retrieve him. Dora the Explorer fans will delight in the story, which invites them to think, sing and play along.
English version: Thu Jul 5, 7.30pm; Sat Jul 7, 10.30am; Sun Jul 8, 3.30pm. Chinese versions: Fri-Sat July 6-7, 3.30pm & 7.30pm; Sun July 8, 10.30am & 7.30pm. RMB180-480. Shanghai Children's Art Theatre. See event listing. Book tickets here.
Aug 16-19: Matthew Bourne's Cinderella
This summer, Shanghai Culture Square will present you with the dance production Cinderella. Unlike the classic fairy tale we are familiar with, the show was set in London during the Second World War. Directed by UK's most popular and successful choreographer and director, it has been a hit ever since its premiere in 1997. If you haven’t planned anything that week, grab your little ones and expect a thrilling and evocative war-time romance.