Shanghai This April: Wicked, Martial Arts, and Strawberry Festival
Shanghai is gearing up for a promising musical season this April, starting with Strawberry Festival and Wicked, but there's no shortage of other events around town. Check out these happenings below, and be sure to save the date!
April 2 | A Knock Out 6
The Aboro Foundation and Aboro Academy are opening the spring events calendar with their biannual charity boxing and kicking event. Aboro fighters glove up against fighters from other Shanghai gyms in an effort to raise awareness about nutritional education and fitness. Come for an afternoon of martial arts, auction, and fitness vendors. First fight starts at 2:00pm! Entry costs 100RMB.
April 11-29 | Wicked
The bestselling Gregory Maguire juggernaut of good vs. evil lands for a short two weeks in Shanghai! Set in Oz before a certain Dorothy arrives, Wicked follows the story of the unlikely friendship between Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (Glinda the Good Witch). Get in the mood by blasting "Defying Gravity," and then head here to get your tickets ASAP, which range from 220RMB to 880RMB.
April 14 | Bookshop Barnie with Rob Schmitz
If you missed him at the Shanghai Literary Festival, there's a second opportunity to catch Rob Schmitz again this spring with Bookstore Barnies, a salon-type discussion that brings authors before an audience of specialists and critics. Foreign correspondent Rob Schmitz will be speaking about his narrative of modern China, Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road. The event is free, but you must send an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 15 | Cloud Nothings
Split Works brings American rock quartet Cloud Nothings from their Ohio roots to their Shanghai debut at Yuyintang. Their latest album, Life Without Sound, presents their most contemplative side yet, with tracks that seem more open-ended, subtle, and richer than their previous works. Tickets are 120RMB pre-sale or 150RMB at the door, available here.
April 29 - May 1 | Strawberry Festival
Details remain scant, but Modern Sky has confirmed that their highly popular spring music festival Strawberry Festival is returning to the theme of "The loners parade." They draw big names each year (Modestep, The Prodigy, Disclosure last year; Carly Rae Jepsen, Dinosaur Jr. in 2015), so look for them to announce major headliners in the coming weeks. Tickets last year were 300RMB/day or 610RMB for three. Stay tuned to their announcements here (in Chinese).