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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

FIFA World Cup, SIFF, Kurt Dunsing and more

Photograph: Crime + Punishment (SIFF)
It's Monday again, which means the start of another week in Shanghai (and every other city, come to think of it). The group stages of the FIFA World Cup rage on, it's the Shanghai International Film Festival and there's a charity car wash (well, for scooters) at The Rooster. Read on for our picks of the best things to do.

Music and Nightlife

Alter: This Is Not A Pool Party

There is no denying that with the temperature and the infamous Shanghai humidity rising, the only way to get your al fresco fix is by determinedly installing yourself on a sun lounger and lying in the pool at five-minute intervals. Throw in soundtracks of killer beats, plus a whole load of inflatables and you’ve got a pretty perfect lazy afternoon sorted. And bonus, you might enjoy it all with the classic shanghai sundowner right under your eyes. Follow Alter on WeChat for the secret location to be revealed at altershanghai.

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TBA 23 Jun

Things to do

Where to watch the World Cup in Shanghai

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is here from June 14 through July 15. Here's where to find the Shanghai venues that will be broadcasting the World Cup matches live so you don't miss out on any of the action.

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The Rooster's 5th Annual Charity Scooter Wash

Get your scooter (or a scooter) cleaned for charity at The Rooster's Annual Scooter Wash, this year in collaboration with Heart 2 Heart Shanghai. All proceeds will be donated to help the children benefitting from Heart 2 Heart. The scooter wash (by volunteers) is 100RMB and includes a free beer. There will also be over 10,000RMB worth of raffle prizes to be won.

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The Rooster, Jingan , 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu 23 Jun

Commune Market

Critics' pick

Commune Market returns with stalls from Shanghai's creatives, offering goers a chance to snatch up some unique designs from local artisans, painters and jewellery makers. There'll also be bites, booze, beats, a kids corner and more.

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Zhang Yuan 99 (Taixing Square) , 99 Taixing Lu 23-24 Jun


Shanghai International Film Festival

The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is back for its 21st year. Expect screenings of classics from celebrated directors such as Hitchcock and Buñuel, 4K restoration of films like L'Atalante by Jean Vigo, animation from Suzan Pitt, newly released documentaries such as Faces Places by Agnès Varda and female representation in the film industry such as Sally Potter and Lynne Ramsay. They are also giving a special shoutout to ten years of Marvel with a host of blockbuster screenings.

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TBA 16-25 Jun

Descent Into Maelstrom + Deniz Tek Interview

Critics' pick

This brutally honest documentary follows the story of Australian punks Radio Birdman with all the usual rock 'n' roll infighting and bickering given a twist with the band's battles with poverty and depression. Following the screening, DJ BO will lead a forum interview with frontman Deniz Tek, who'll be playing live at YYT a few days later.

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Specters , 1485 Beijing Xi Lu 18 Jun Free

Incredibles 2

The original is Pixar’s finest moment (save it, Toy Story partisans), and with the whole cast and director Brad Bird returning, we have no reason to lose faith.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 22 Jun - 22 Jul Buy tickets


wander - circle

Aike presents wander - circle, curated by Jiang Jun. This exhibition showcases recent works by Chinese artists Shi Zheng and Gao Ruyun. The artists and curator have created a meditative space that juxtaposes the sublime and ordinary for visitors circling between Shi Zheng’s compelling panoramic video and Gao Ruyun’s minimal and sophisticated mechanical site installation.

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Aike Dellarco , 2555 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday

Double Take

SCoP exhibits the iconic work of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry, two photographers who changed photojournalism forever with the photo essay form. Exhibited photos will take you from the tenth-anniversary exhibition of the PRC in Beijing to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and beyond.

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Shanghai Center of Photography , 2555 Longteng Dadao Every day except Monday