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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Unravel, Ladyfest, Norah Yang and more

Spring is here and despite the weather being hit and miss of late you shouldn't let it put you off seeing Shanghai's blossom trees in bloom, exploring the city's brilliant art on foot, or checking out our picks of things to do for the week ahead.

Music and Nightlife


After a successful Shanghai show last year, Los Angeles-based pop-rock trio LANY - who take their name from combining the initials of Los Angeles and New York in case you hadn't guessed - return to China courtesy of Live Nation.

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Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall , 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu (宜昌路179号, 近江宁路) Putuo Shanghai Shanghai 21 Mar Buy tickets


Critics' pick

Katsuhiko Maeda's classical and electronic-inspired post-rock outfit World's End Girlfriend join leading Hong Kong post-rockers tfvsjs as headliners for this instrumental rock feast. That would make for a pretty impressive bill as it was, but they'll be joined by Guangzhou's Zhaoze, Macau's WhyOceans and Shanghai's own 21 Grams.

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Egyptian Lover

Critics' pick

Los Angeles hip hop veteran Egyptian Lover, aka Greg Broussard, once performed with the influential Uncle Jamm’s Army crew as well as being a successful solo artist. He's back in Shanghai for a typically OG show based on vinyl records, rapping, and an 808 drum machine.

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DADA , 115 Xingfu Lu 24 Mar

DJ Lag

Critics' pick

Key gqom figure DJ Lag offers up a special Sunday night show at ALL as part of a globe-trotting tour. He played what was one of the best sets of The Shelter's final year on his last visit to Shanghai and his return is not to be missed.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 25 Mar

Zaliva-D Album Release

Critics' pick

Expect a night of dark, gothic electronic music as Zaliva-D unleash their SVBKVLT-backed Sky Singing LP at ALL with support from Howell and Tzusing.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 24 Mar

Things to do

Unravel: Feel Like A Woman

Critics' pick

Shanghai-born-and-bred monthly storytelling series' next event is March 22, and it'll be their one year anniversary. The theme this time is 'Feel like a woman', with men and non-binary individuals welcome to share their stories.

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WeWork , 696 Wei Hai Lu (威海路696号) Jing'an Shanghai Shanghai 22 Mar Buy tickets

Ladyfest Shanghai 2018

The riot do-it-yourself feminist festival is back again, promising the same safe space it has offered since 2014. Through installations, workshops and performances, individuals can come together in the spirit of equality.

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Specters , 1485 Beijing Xi Lu 24 Mar , 24 Mar

Norah Yang: Test Run, Please Ignore

Featured in Time Out's recent Lady Bosses of Shanghai series, Norah Yang headlines Kung Fu Komedy this weekend. Recognisable from her appearances on Mamahuhu, storytelling at Unravel and more, expect sharp wit from KFK's first-ever Chinese female headliner.

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Kung Fu Komedy Club , 1 Xiangyang Bei Lu 24 Mar

Shanghai International Literary Festival 2018

The 16th annual Literary Festival at M's Glam is back for another year of exciting speakers, debates, workshops, book readings and film screenings. This year 28 events will be held at the fabulous Bund-side location, with tickets promised to sell out fast. Highlights include Lenora Chu, Paul Beatty, Sara Baume, Charlotte Wood, Sheng Keyi, Paul French, Su Wei, Geoff Dyer and much more who will inspire and inform.

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Glam , 20 Guangdong Lu 15-28 Mar

Charity Gangster Tour for Shanghai Sunrise

Newman Tours is leading a Charity Gangster Tour in aid of Shanghai Sunrise, who provide educational scholarships for underprivileged young people. Take a tour through Shanghai with a colonial gangster and learn about the crime lords who once ruled the city like kings. Must be booked in advance, see their website for starting point details.

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TBA 24 Mar

Where Great Writers Gather: Treasures of the British Library

One for fans of classic British literature. Co-hosted by the British Library and the Shanghai Library, the Where Great Writers Gather exhibition will display drafts, correspondence and manuscripts by writers including Charlotte Brontë, D.H. Lawrence, Percy Bysshe Shelley, T.S. Eliot and Charles Dickens, alongside Chinese translations, adaptations and responses to their works. This is the first time that the original manuscripts by five of the greatest writers in the English language go on show in Shanghai.

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Shanghai Library , 1555 Huaihai Zhong Lu 15 Mar - 15 Apr


Black Panther

Critics' pick

For all their global dominance, everybody wants these superhero movies to be better: funnier, smarter, more inclusive, more super. A huge step in the right direction, Black Panther is that dream come true. Proudly African – even if its Africa comes in the form of the fictional country of Wakanda, a powerhouse of secret technologies – Marvel’s latest is, from top to bottom, a conscious reversal of racial paradigms.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 7-24 Mar Buy tickets

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Catch an early China-screening of Three Billboards this Saturday, 8pm, at Palace Cinema inside the iapm on Huaihai Zhong Lu. The movie, which has already won awards and critical recognition, follows a mother in a rural town taking justice into her own hands when her daughter's murder goes unresolved for more than a year.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 3-22 Mar Buy tickets


Betty Woodman: The House and the Universe

Catch the works of the late visionary artist Betty Woodman on display at the K11 Art Mall. Woodman devoted her long and prolific career to exploring the medium of pottery extensively. Her vases, pitchers, plates and pots climb up the walls, pop out of painted canvases, twist into quizzical shapes. It’s ceramics running loose. Kitchenware that has never heard of a kitchen. The pieces presented this spring at K11 come from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where Woodman had a retrospective in 2006. 

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K11 Art Mall , 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu 18 Mar - 18 Jun