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Sleep No More, Osunlade, Mr. Ho and more

Osunlade is at Unico this weekend

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Critics' pick

Founder of Yoruba records and with just the 14 albums to his name, Osunlade is something of a house music legend. He’s seen by many as one of the most gifted producers of soul/funk-infused house. And he got his big break on... Sesame Street. Who knew?

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UNÏCO , 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 20 Jan

Mr. Ho

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DADA regulars 12" of Fun bring Hong Kong native DJ and music collector Mr. Ho to Shanghai. After a seven-year-long diaspora in Europe - holding residencies at clubs like Ohm and Tape in Berlin and Batofar in Paris, Mr. Ho aka Michael Ho moved back to his hometown Hong Kong in 2016. He'll lay ...

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DADA , 115 Xingfu Lu 20 Jan


The Prodigal Son Returns

Grunge band frontman-turned-folkie Bai Yu joins fellow multi-instrumentalist Annie Hsu for a show to mark the release of the latter’s new album, Colour Blind. Both specialise in sultry, carefully crafted folk music that shifts between sparse acoustic numbers and lushly produced emotive sounds.

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On Stage , 570 Huaihai Xi Lu 20 Jan


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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This spin-off from the Star Wars juggernaut focuses on a crew tasked with stealing the plans for the original Death Star. The movie has inspired a range of critical reaction from adoring to derisive, but all note the film’s strong visuals and sense of scale. It's the winter's big blockbuster, so get down to cinemas whilst you still can.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 06 Jan - 03 Feb Buy tickets

Eye in the Sky

Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 12-30 Jan Buy tickets


When 12 mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 20-30 Jan Buy tickets


Into the Heart of the City: Building the Future

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As seen at Photofairs 2016, this is the first solo exhibition by self-taught French photographer Nathalie Perakis-Valat. For this series, the artist met with a group of men working on construction sites in Shanghai, in order to collect their stories. It's a feel good show, with unique ...

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Art+ Shanghai Gallery , 191 South Suzhou Road Every day except Monday

Shanghai Biennale 2016

With its first edition launched in 1996, this month sees the exciting arrival of the 11th Shanghai Biennale, with the works of a whopping 92 participating artists and artist groups from 40 countries worldwide, occupying the atmospheric Power Station of Art. Alongside the main exhibition, ...

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu Every day except Monday

Classical and Performance

Sleep No More

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Punchdrunk and SMG Live come together to put on the haunting, intoxicating world-famous immersive experience that is Sleep No More - Shakespeare’s Macbeth reimagined as a 1930s film thriller, staged as an epic experiential theatre experience’. In fact, labelling this an experience misses the ...

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The McKinnon Hotel Shanghai , No. 1013 Beijingxi Lu 14-24 Dec , Every weekend , 20 Dec , 26-31 Dec , 27 Dec , 02 Jan - 26 Mar , Every weekend

Martin Stadtfeld Piano Recital

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A known Bach interpreter, Martin Stadfeld won the 2002 Leipzig Bach Competition, and released an acclaimed Bach CD two years later. The programme includes Chaconne(Stadfeld trans), Bach’s Goldberg Variations with 14 integrated canons and others.

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Shanghai Concert Hall , 523 Yanan Dong Lu 22 Jan

Neeme Järvi & SSO

The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most highly respected maestros. He conducts the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of nearly 500 recordings.

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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall , 1380 Fuxing Zhong Lu 21 Jan Buy tickets