For a few weeks now, the ‘Come Together Music Charity Festival’ has been on the lips of nearly every expat in Zhuhai.
When asked if I was going, I said “of course”. Though, only really having a vague idea of what to expect.
So after dancing, chatting and eating the night away, I can now take some of the guesswork out for you.
So, What is it?
The Come Together Music Festival (Sep 12) is an annual charity concert, now in its fourth year, held at the beautiful Beishan Theatre, Beishan Village in Zhuhai.
The festival is attended mostly by foreigners of all backgrounds: from Chinese-language interns to expat families, as well as some longer term ‘veterans’.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for a meet and greet, to grab a drink and a bite or perhaps even win big, in one of many raffle ticket draws.
The results are in!
The total money raised in 2015 is 300,002.98 RMB (USD 47,170) smashing last year’s record!
In 2014, the event attracted over 1200 people and raised about 194,000 RMB for the same two local charities.
Held by CTM’s charity fundraising group, the event is mostly run by volunteers with aims to raise money for the the Zhuhai Autism Society (ZAS) and the Charity Promotion Association of Zhuhai (CPAZ).
The goal of the event, according to the CTC website, is to bring people together from all cultures and “to celebrate music and raise money for great charities with 100% transparency.”
How does it work?
If you havent already pre-purchased your tickets, you can buy them at the door – either a standard yellow wristband, or VIP blue.
The VIP band allows you to go on a second level stand to see the concert and also enjoy some complimentary booze.
If you’re looking to spend some cash inside, you’ll need to exchange money for paper tokens at the gate.
The venue has three key zones, which include:
- an outdoor garden alley with international food and drinks galore – perfect for mingling
- an indoor main stage where bands from Macau, Hong Kong and Zhuhai belt out a mix of covers and originals
- and, earlier in the day, there is an outdoor kids area with games and activities.
Here’s the 2015 event run down:
The Come Together Music Festival is like a local music concert meets county fair.
Though it is largely family orientated, the atmosphere is still lively, and it is the perfect place to meet practically all the foreigners of Zhuhai, and beyond. Of course, there are more than a few English-speaking Chinese locals, too.
It is not like a pumping, weekend-long music festival for 20-somethings, but rather a fun and relaxing evening to raise money for charity.
The entertainment is varied and keeps the audience moving all night long. Except for one moment, when one of the volunteers got down on bended knee to pop the big question.Inbetween a lot of cry nodding, I think there was a “yes” in there somewhere.
The Charity Promotion Association of Zhuhai (CPAZ) is a public welfare group that aims to assist “vulnerable sectors of society” particularly young orphan students and single parents.
The Zhuhai Autism Society (ZAS). Though, I didn’t find much information online about this society, the description listed on CTC website states that it is a “non-profit organization set up by the parents of autistic children under the auspices (support) of the Zhuhai Civil Affairs Bureau.”
They provide specialized classrooms and education to autistic children and young adults.