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The best things to do in Shanghai this May

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

Photograph: courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) 
There is a whole heap of great things to do around town this month and we've conveniently listed our pick of them below. Because we're nice like that. From the new Avengers movie to the return of the Australian Football League, to the China International Comedy Festival to a curious Broadway smash, there's all sorts going on this month. Read on for the best that May has to offer.

Food & Drink

Mother's Day dining

Looking for a special treat for mum this Mother’s Day? We’ve got you covered – from champagne brunches to afternoon teas, here are some of Shanghai's best Mother's Day dining events around town on Sunday 13 May.

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Music & Nightlife

Boys Noize

Big name, multi award-winning Berlin DJ and producer Alex Ridha returns to Shanghai once more for a big night of house and techno down in Found 158.

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Arkham , 168 Julu Lu 26 May Buy tickets


Critics' pick

The new Yuyintang near Zhongshan Park prepares to be properly put through its paces, as celebrated Canadian noise-rockers METZ make a welcome return to Shanghai with Split Works. The band are known for pounding their instruments to within a fret of their lives, channeling the heavy legacy of their Sub Pop labelmates past and present: Mudhoney, Rapeman, No Age and even Bleach-era Nirvana.

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Yuyintang Park , B102, 1398 Yuyuan Lu (愚园路1398号地下一层B102) Changning Shanghai Shanghai 26 May

Things to Do

Unravel: Lost in Translation

Hit storytelling series Unravel returns, this time in collaboration with The Shanghai Literary Review. Listen to Shanghai residents from different backgrounds tell stories loosely based on the theme Lost in Translation.

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TBA 31 May Buy tickets


The Young Karl Marx

In this day of superhero origin stories, here's one starring a different kind of superhero. Follow the 26-year-old Karl Marx as he meets his bro-letariat Friedrich Engels and they together form a new vision of the world and the labour movement for the modern era. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 05 May - 05 Jun

Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Reviews so far are good, though critical of how the movie can't stand well on its own without audiences who have watched every single Marvel film thus far.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 10 May - 10 Jun Buy tickets


Rex tells the story of American marine Meagan Leavey and her bomb-sniffing dog Rex, from the time they served together in Afghanistan, to the time after when Leavey struggles to adopt Rex. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 11 May - 11 Jun

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place follows a family living monkishly in the woods as they seek to survive predators that hunt by sound. Already released globally, the film has won critical acclaim for its smart, innovative and above all entertaining take on horror.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 18 May - 18 Jun Buy tickets

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Yes, another Star Wars film, but this time it's a Western-style sci-fi spinoff focusing on the origins of fan-favourite puckish rogue Han Solo as he meets hairy sidekick Chewbacca and smooth criminal Lando Calrissian on 'a heist that anyone else would be insane to try'. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 25 May - 25 Jun Buy tickets

Perfect Strangers

A group of friends gather for a home-cooked dinner when they decide to spice things up. All phones on the table, and whatever texts or calls arrive must be shared with the party. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 25 May - 25 Jun

Time Out Screenings: Summer Palace

Critics' pick

Every month, Time Out Shanghai shows one of the greatest Chinese films of all time at Glam, M on the Bund, with complimentary gourmet popcorn and specially tailored drinks. This time it's director Lou Ye’s 2006 drama/romance Summer Palace – the flick that earned director Lou Ye a five-year muzzle on Mainland filmmaking following its illicit screening in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Glam , 20 Guangdong Lu 27 May


Everything & Nothing

Critics' pick

Shanghai's hottest, but not at all wettest, selfie scene of 2015 returns. That's right, it's 'Rain Room'created in 2012 and since then toured to art galleries across the world, and it never gets any less stunning and surreal.

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Yuz Museum , 35 Fenggu Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

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