Experience live shows without leaving home

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There’s still no clear end in sight for the current restrictions to be lifted, which can feel incredibly frustrating. However, if there is one positive takeaway, it is showing how resilient and creative businesses and organizations can be in the face of such adversity.

Live shows being an obvious ban in the capital, a number of establishments are offering live events instead, ensuring we can all be entertained without leaving home.

musical dish

It seems nothing can stop local music agency Music Dish from putting on shows for Beijing’s many music fans. From impromptu riverside jam sessions broadcast on their WeChat channel to official live broadcasts from their studio, this is one of the best places to get your music fix. They have two future live shows coming up, the first on May 20 is Live from the Studio: Italian pianist Fabrizio Paterlini. The second, on May 22, is an in-home show titled Vol.1 Fresh Out the Pot which will feature music by band The Clinic, from which you can anticipate “lots of post-punk, a dash of techno and of synthwave”.

Live from the studio: Italian pianist Fabrizio Paterlini
Time: May 20 8 p.m.
How to watch: On the official WeChat channel of Music Dish (MusicDish独立小炒 Dúlì xiǎochǎo)

Vol.1 fresh out of the jar
Time: May 22 8 p.m.
How to watch: On the official WeChat channel of Music Dish (MusicDish独立小炒 Dúlì xiǎochǎo)


Cinker Pictures – Introducing manhattan with live jazz music

If you’re a fan of jazz music and classic movies, then Woody Allen’s Cinker Picture livestream manhattan accompanied by live jazz music because the soundtrack is not to be missed! The live jazz band consists of vocalist Susan Wong, trumpeter Noah Hocker and guitarist Doug Martin. This is the second of Cinker Picture’s live jazz music and classic film broadcasts (the first was casablanca) so be sure to watch out for more in the future, it looks like while things are on lockdown they will be running one every Wednesday.

by Woody Allen manhattan with live jazz music
Time: May 18, 8:30 p.m.
How to watch: On Cinker Picture’s official Douyin account (@三克映画(北京)Sān kè yìnghuà (běijīng)) or scan the QR code in the poster above.


Beijing Opera

Have you never had the chance to discover Peking opera or do you want to relive this experience? Well, Beijing’s Jingju Theater Company will be live streaming a performance of Peking Opera Changbanpo Hanjinkou May 21. In collaboration with the National Grand Theatre, from where the performance will be staged and broadcast live, the Jingju Theater Company will present this Peking opera which tells the story of a famous battle between Liu Bei from the state of Shu and Cao Cao from the State of Wei. during the Three Kingdoms period.

Peking Opera Changbanpo Hanjinkou
Time: May 21 7:30 p.m.
How to watch: On the official WeChat channel of the National Grand Theater (国家大剧院 Guójiā dà jùyuàn)


Jay Chou in concert

Calling all Jay Chou fans! This weekend there will be live streams of not one, but two Jay Chou concerts. Now technically these aren’t actually live, instead TME (Tencent Music Entertainment) will be streaming two previously recorded live performances from what are considered two of Jay Chou’s greatest tours.

The first, on May 20, will be a recording of her 2013 Ferris Wheel World Tour and on May 21, a recording of her Carnival 2019 World Tour. What better way to celebrate 520, one of many Valentine’s Day celebrations in China, while you’re stuck at home singing your heart out to a Jay Chou?

Jay Chou Ferris Wheel World Tour 2013
Time: May 20 8 p.m.
How to watch: Scan the QR code in the poster above and choose one of four streaming options

Jay Chou Carnival World Tour 2019
Time: May 21 8 p.m.
How to watch: Scan the QR code in the poster above and choose one of four streaming options


Other shows to watch

With no clear end to the current restrictions in sight, there are already more livestream performances in the works, here are a few to watch:

  • Nugget – “Music Festival” broadcast live with seven local groups from Beijing
  • Self – Regular Jam Sessions streamed live on their WeChat Channel Warehouse

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