Top 15 events around East Asia (August/ September 2015)

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Aug 1-Sep 30

A round-up of popular events across Asia, brought to you from local Time Out editors


Singapore Grand Prix
The 2015 Formula One Singapore Airlines Grand Prix is a high octane night race through the city, with entertainment including Bon Jovi, Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5,. The event is not until September but tickets are going faster than the cars! Sep 18-20;

As We Never Imagined: 50 Years of Art Making
Showcasing the potential of print and papermaking, this art exhibition features contemporary works conceived at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. Free guided tours are available every Saturday at 2.30pm and every Tuesday and Thursday at 11.30am, so don't miss your chance to dive into the world of paper and printing. STPI Gallery, until Sat Aug 29;

The Lower Depth
Nine Years Theatre’s latest Mandarin production, adapted from Russian playwright Maxim Gorky’s most influential work, takes a serious look at the meaning of life through the eyes of those on the lowest rungs of society. Drama Centre, Jul 23-Aug 2;
Known for hit tracks Clarity and Break Free, as well as Find You from the Divergent soundtrack, the Grammy-winning DJ is bringing electro house to the city with his latest album True Colors. Zouk, Aug 6;


History of China in 50 Objects
Inspired by History of the World in 100 Objects, the hugely popular radio series by the BBC and the British Museum, the National Museum of China brings you a two-hour guided tour of 50 artifacts to help refresh your memory of the country’s past. National Museum of China, every Sunday till Sep 27;

Drawn From Life: The Art of Disney Animation Studios
Featuring over 300 objects, many of which have never been revealed to the public, 'Drawn From Life: The Art of Disney Animation' provides an exclusive look into art created across the 90-year existence of the Walt Disney Animation Studios. National Museum of China, until Tue Aug 18;

After the critically acclaimed adaptation of Chekov’s Three Sisters, the renowned Robot Theater Project from Japan present a new android version of another masterwork – Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Instead of a hapless salesman transforming into a giant insect, a robot is the protagonist here in the era of modern technology. Drum Tower West Theatre, Jul 31-Aug 2;


Pentaport Rock Festival
One of the biggest live music events in South Korea returns to ignite Seoul’s rock ’n’ roll passion. The three-day event features Seo Taiji, The Prodigy, Scorpions, 13 Steps and many more. Songdo Pento Park, Aug 7-9;

Peaceminusone exhibition
K-pop superstar G-Dragon turns to art in curating the Peaceminusone exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art. His attempt to answer the question ‘In order for there to be a utopian society, what is missing?’ is bound to attract both diehard fans and art lovers alike. The Korean audio guide is narrated entirely by the K-pop sensation. Seoul Museum of Art, until Aug 23;

Danny Elfman’s Music from the films of Tim Burton
Tim Burton’s films are known for their absurd stories, extravagant settings, bizarre characters, as well as the music that holds all the imagination together. Here, John Mauceri conducts the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra to present Danny Elfman’s compositions from Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more. Olympic Park, Jul 31;


Brazil Festival 2015
Expect big crowds and plenty of hip-shaking in Tokyo this month because the Brazil Festival is in town. The whole event is fuelled by generous quantities of delicious barbecue, and stage performances include capoeira, samba and appearances by the likes of popstar Luiza Possi and veteran singer Guilherme Arantes. Yoyogi Park, Jul 18-19;

Tokyo Idol Festival
After 2014’s festival, which saw 138 ‘idol’ groups playing on seven stages for over 40,000 adoring fans, this year’s festival aims to build on that success, promising unique ‘collaborative’ gigs featuring a mass of top J-pop girl groups sharing the stage for the first time. Odaiba Aomi Stage, Aug 1-2;
Midsummer Night’s Zoo
Extending its opening hours till 8pm for nine days, Japan’s oldest zoo offers a glimpse of the after-hours animal menagerie. Come and watch the critters get their evening meals, or simply kick back with some microbrews in the terrace beer garden. Ueno Zoo, Aug 8-16;


Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Having gained worldwide fame singing on Paul Simon’s Graceland, Grammy award-winning South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo come to Shanghai with their mesmerising voices and beautifully composed songs. Shanghai Daning Theatre, Aug 9;

Tudou Festival
Be prepared for big crowds and chaos as video streaming giant Youku’s annual festival is back, taking over Expo Park for two days of music, video, markets and more. On the bill are Taiwanese pop legend Chang Chen-yue, Wan Xiaoli, Rocking Bowling, the Mashrooms and Pet Conspiracy, jointly presenting a grand cross-genre performance. Expo Garden Park, Aug 15-16;

Travel news

Disney sneak-peek
It’s been four years since Shanghai Disneyland first broke ground and now, just a year before it’s due to open, the Walt Disney Company has unveiled more details of what to expect. Highlights include the tallest, largest enchanted castle, a Tron lightcycle ride, Star Wars launch bay and Marvel Universe. We’re too excited already!

Two tired?
SpiceRoads is offering the chance to explore Vietnam on two wheels. The 11-day cycling tour follows a former supply route used during the American/Vietnam War, passing significant war sites and some stunning countryside, ending with a downhill ride into the imperial city of Hue. The tours run six times per year, with the first setting out on January 10, 2016, priced $18,600 (inc bike rental).

World cruise
Luxury cruise company, Silversea Cruises, is now accepting reservations for its World Cruise 2017, an exclusive 116-day ocean voyage from San Francisco to Monte Carlo. Departing January 6 2017, the elegant all-suite Silver Whisper is set to take in 62 unique destinations in 25 countries, pulling into port in idyllic isles and historic capitals along the way. Prices start from a cool $454,000.

The Bay is back
After extensive renovations, the Bay Bridge by Hotel G is re-launching this August, targeting the new generation of millennial travellers looking for stylish yet affordable accommodation. Featuring kitchenettes and outdoor terraces with beautiful views of the South China Sea, all 436 rooms have a contemporary design and promise a fashionable stay.

Maya Yu


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