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44 awesome things to do in June

The best nightlife, music, art, stage, film and more this June

ShanghaiPRIDE is back for the ninth time this June
Summer is finally here and with it comes hot weather and loads of hot events. As well as making the most of the sun at one of Shanghai's many 24 hour parks or al fresco happy hours or brunches, there's a whole host of art exhibitions, live music, film screenings, comedy shows, awesome parties and more. See below for our full list of picks for the month ahead.

Delicious food and drink

Bloc Party at The Cannery

Critics' pick

Spread yourself out over the The Cannery's plush lawn with awesome eats and drinks at the monthly bloc party. Held on the first Saturday of every month, the neighbourhood gathering has barbecue rom Flippin' Freddy, a cocktail bar from Michael 'Punchy' Chen and beers from Boxing Cat Brewery. Plus ...

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The Cannery , 1107 Yuyuan Lu The First Saturday of every month

Awesome art exhibitions

Entangled in Duality

Hu Weiqi's makes an attempt to unveil how deep of an imprint this miraculous, eye-catching and lighting-fast social, political and cultural transition has left on the mentalities, conscious and believes of Chinese people. Hu Weiqi saturates his works with dualities, with red and blue solid ...

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


Critics' pick

This summer, the Yuz Museum welcomes pop and graffiti art master Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, from Brooklyn NYC. The illustrator, painter, sculptor, designer, and toymaker recently helped envision the latest version of the Air Jordan Retro 4 sneakers, with the sole of the shoe accented by one of ...

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Yuz Museum , 35 Fenggu Lu 28 Mar - 13 Aug

Barge Haulers on the Volga

This exhibition is xie Yi's first solo show, curated by Yang Zi. Majority of the works in this exhibition will be his recently finished pieces, which embrace media such as sculpture, painting, installation and video, representing the artist's confrontation with his personal knowledge structure ...

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J Gallery , 50 Moganshan Lu 27 May - 09 Jul

User, love, high-frequency trading

Through the variable methods and mediums, Aaajiao explores the complicated status of human beings and machines in the Internet Era. Broaching a subject of love in the modern society, the transformation of a "person" into a "user" and the effect that it has on our lives. Aaajiao was awarded the ...

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Leo Xu Projects , Lane 49 Fuxing Xi Lu 27 May - 02 Jul


Qu Fengguo's new solo exhibition 'Midsummer', his third at Don Gallery, presents the paintings that belong to the series "Four Seasons" composed between 2015 and 2017. 'Four Seasons' by Qu Fengguo stems from a sense of aesthetic judgment analogous to 'mono-no-aware.'

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Don Gallery West Bund , 2879 Longteng Avenue 03 Jun - 23 Jul

Liu Bolin

In a show that has been extended due to its popularity, the first exhibition at MD Gallery's new space on Beijing Dong Lu invites artist Liu Bolin to present his famous photography series Hiding in the city, in which he disappears until he becomes invisible. The artist now broadens the field of ...

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Magda Danysz Gallery , 256 Beijing Dong Lu 13 Apr - 30 Jun

Body·Media II

Continuing the theme of 2007's Body Media exhibition, this new edition re-discusses the close ties between new media and body within the new era context totally revolutionised by advancing technologies. It contains installations, performance art, photography, video and more. The exhibition ...

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu Every day except Monday
Ton Mak's exhibition that's totally FANANAs

New releases and film screenings

Wonder Woman

Critics' pick

​The comic-book world's most famous female superhero finally gets her own movie – and it's an action-packed belter Before seeing Wonder Woman, I got a sinking feeling. It’s been more than a decade since a woman headlining a superhero film saved the world. I had visions of middle-aged male ...

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Cinemas around Shanghai 31 May - 01 Jul Buy tickets

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

With Captain Salazar's escape from the Devil's Triangle, Captain Jack Sparrow finds himself seeking the Trident of Poseidon in an attempt to change his ill fate. You may not think you need more Jack Sparrow in your life, but this final chapter of the seafaring franchise has been dubbed a pleasant surprise by critics, with particular praise for Javier Bardem's performance as the terrifying antagonist Captain Salazar.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 25 May - 29 Jun Buy tickets

Brilliant things to do

ShanghaiPRIDE 2017

Pull out your rainbow flags. Mainland China’s biggest- and longest-running Pride festival is set to return to Shanghai this year for its ninth edition. ShanghaiPRIDE’s huge team of dedicated volunteers have worked all year to organise a packed four-day schedule from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 June,...

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By: Michael Rinaldi

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