Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

SAIC Shanghai Culture Square

Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of this classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. Whilst the original story has been reimagined for modern audiences, the core themes of this classic tale remain at the core of the New Adventures version. Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella has won many awards inculding the Oliver Awards twice (1998 and 2011) and Theatre Awards UK 2011. Currently it is doing a major UK and International tour until March 2019 and will come to Shanghai in August 2018.

Joshua Bell & Academy of St Martin in the Fields Concert

Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall

The Academy was formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians. In the 2018 tour, the programme will feature an eclectic collection of wonderful music, with Joshua Bell featuring as soloist in spirited concertos by Bach and Vivaldi – pieces which also feature the Academy’s distinguished Principal Harpsichord John Constable – as well as Piazzolla’s virtuosic Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The tour also offers the chance to see Joshua Bell direct the Academy, from the leader’s chair, through the luscious harmonies of Barber and Tchaikovsky.

Meet Fred

Huangpu Theatre, Hijinx Theatre

Meet Fred is a puppet show about Fred, the two foot tall cloth puppet that fights prejudice every day. Presented by Hijinx, in assocation with Blind Summit, it won 'Best Ensemble' at the Wales Theatre Awards 2017 and following a successful run at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016, Meet Fred has been touring extensively ever since, both in the UK and internationally. China is the only Aisan country in the tour this year and will be shown at the Huangpu Theatre in Shanghai

The Swingles Live Concert

Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall

The Swingles are a vocal group formed in 1962 in Paris, France by 7 young singers. For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The Swingles present their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January, in partnership with Ikon Arts Management and the festival is the first of its kind in the capital, welcoming the finest vocal talent from around the world. This year, The Swingles will bring their performances to Chinese audiences in four cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Tianjin). In Shanghai, the concert will be held at the Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall

The King’s Singers: GOLD World Tour

Xinghai Concert Hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre

2018 marks the 50th birthday of the King's Singers and to celebrate, they are presenting their anniversary season: GOLD, including a concert tour in China.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Shanghai Culture Square, Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre, Guangzhou Opera House

Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells a story of a 15 year old boy who has an extraordinary brain. It has been hailed by The Times as "a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle" and is the winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013.

Marco Polo

Guangzhou Opera House

Marco Polo, an original opera produced by Guangzhou Opera House, tells the legendary story of Marco Polo, the traveler who was fascinated with the oriental civilisation and travel to China via the Silk Road. The opera is directed by Kasper Holten, the former Director of Opera for the Royal Opera House in London.

Landscapes of the Mind Masterpieces from Tate Britain 1700-1980

Tate Britain, Shanghai Museum

“Landscape of the Mind: Masterpieces from Tate Britain (1700-1980)” featuring nearly 70 British landscape paintings will be unveiled at the Shanghai Museum on April 26. Ranging from oils, watercolors, sketches to print and photography, the exhibition is a retrospective of 300 years of development in British landscape art. The exhibition, which will run through August 5, not only tries to explore the natural scenes, but also the relationship between man and nature.

Martin Boyce: Hanging Gardens

Luxelakes A4 Art Museum

Luxelakes A4 Art Museum will present the first institutional presentation of Scottish sculptor Martin Boyce’s work in China. Situated on the ground floor of the museum, this extensive exhibition encompasses over 40 works by the Scottish artist dating from 2004 to 2018, including a newly commissioned piece. Martin Boyce’s sculptures, objects and wall pieces create a poetic and fragmented landscape that moves between an abandoned urban park, a garden and an inner courtyard with close-by domestic quarters.

The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Hamlet

Royal Shakespeare Company, National Centre for the Performing Arts,Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Centre,Li Liuyi Theatre Studio

The Royal Shakespeare Company will celebrate the first two years of the Chinese Cultural Exchange programme and have announced new Chinese-language productions of The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Hamlet, in collaboration with the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Guangzhou Dramatic Arts Centre, and Li Liuyi Theatre Studio that will tour later this year.

Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu Recital

Premiere Performances of Hong Kong

Benjamin Appl, ‘the current front runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’ (Gramophone) will be making his Hong Kong debut alongside celebrated pianist James Baillieu with a programme that explores the young baritone’s relationship with his two homelands, Germany and England. The British Council is delighted to be a collaborator of this concert.

Mindpark 2018


Mindpark is a popular creativity integrated platform in China, curated by Topys. The annual event invites top creators around the world to Shenzhen under the theme of Future City, and includes three sectors: talks, masterclasses and the park (exhibitions, pop-up stores and workshops). James Binning from Assemble, Sir Nicholas Kenyon from Barbican Centre, and Mike McGee from Framestore will share their inspirations. The Universal Everything studio will present in the exhibition.

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