Lost in your daily routine, it can be easy to miss out on new developments going on around you, especially in a city like Shanghai. Between Cinco de Mayo, music festivals and dance performances, there's a good selection of events happening over the coming days, as well as some new restaurants for you to try.
As soon as May comes around, Mexicans all over the world anticipate Cinco de Mayo. Shanghai is stepping up to the plate once again with a decent selection of parties, including a pre-May 5th party at Not Me on Friday 4th, when shots of tequila go for just 5 RMB each after 22:00. On the evening of Cinco de Mayo, Cantina Agave is offering all-you-can-eat-and-drink for 200 RMB a head between 7pm and 23:00, while Glo London is holding an all-day barbecue on their roof terrace for 350 RMB per person. Pub Crawl Shanghai is throwing a “moustache”-themed crawl starting at Zapata's at 16:00, while Windows Too is offering free tequila.
Last weekend saw the first of the summer festivals with a hugely successful MIDI, and the fun continues this coming weekend with the Strawberry Music Festival. Running from April 29th until May 1st at the Shanghai Expo Park, this is the first time that Strawberry has spread the love from Beijing to Shanghai. The festival is organised by Modern Sky, which is the record company that has signed Chinese bands such as New Pants, Hedgehog, Re-Tros, Queen Sea Big Shark, Xie Tianxiao, Brain Failure and Steely Heart. Over the three days, 80 performers will take to the stage. Visit www.modernsky.com for more details.
There's more music this week with the Shanghai World Music Week. It runs between April 28th and May 6th at venues around town - Red Town, Xintiandi, Jinqiao International Square, Jiatinghui City Life Square and Xuhui Green Space. The groups that will be taking to the stage throughout the week include Rhythm of Rajasthan from India, Life Pipe Band from France, Switzerland's Windbone Band, Yemen Blues from Israel, Asif Ali Khan Band from Pakistan, and Tiloun from Reunion Island. Check the event's website for the schedule.
If sport is more your thing, check out the sixth annual KIA X Games Asia – the most renowned multi-event extreme sports competition in Asia. Over 100 athletes from around the world will compete in disciplines such as BMX freestyle, in-line skating, and skateboarding. The events run from April 28th until May 1st from 11:00 to 18:00 at Jiangwan Stadium (346 Guohe Lu, near Zhengtong Lu) and tickets are 60, 150 or 680 RMB. There's a prize of $165,000 up for grabs, so competition is sure to be fierce.
Dance fans will enjoy Correr O Fado by Quorum Ballet, which blends traditional Portuguese Fado music with contemporary dance. Fado is a melancholy form of folk music, and its emotions will be brought to the stage by this talented dance company, choreographed by founder Daniel Cardoso. It's on at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center on May 11 at 19:30, and tickets range between 180 and 680 RMB. Another must-see at the Oriental Art Center is Vertical Roadby British dancer and choreographer Akram Khan. After a successful performance in Guangzhou earlier this year, Khan is staging his work for the first time in Shanghai on May 9th. Inspired by his Bangladeshi heritage, the dance is a vibrant mix of cultures and techniques. Tickets start at 80 RMB and go up to 480 RMB.
Cheers Inn has just opened a third venue (named, unsurprisingly, Cheers Inn III) up in Yangpu District on Daxue Lu. This means that beer lovers in the further reaches of the city can now get their hops cravings satisfied with minimal fuss.
After two years of preparation and much fanfare, Paul Pairet is finally set to open his Ultraviolet restaurant. It's slated to begin operations on May 18th, and promises to be something special.
Other projected openings include The Plump Oyster in Taikang Terrace in June, and a gourmet fried chicken and craft beer bar called Starry Sky.
The future of Spanish restaurant Mistral hangs in the balance following a bust-up between the landlord and restaurant owner Gerardo Casamiquela. The story goes that the landlord tried to put the rent up part-way through the tenancy, and Casamiquela refused to pay. Harsh words were spoken, and the landlord threw him out. Whether or not Mistral will carry on without him is unknown. He is still involved with sister venues Bikes & Friends, Rico Rico and Toro Loco.
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