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28 awesome things to do this weekend

Strawberry Festival, Crazy Lotus, Plantopia and more

The long weekend is here and with it comes festivals galore. There's Shanghai Strawberry Festival featuring the likes of Charli XCX, The Drums and The Vaccines, Midi Taihu Festival including Second Hand Rose and Dragon Force to name but two, the final of the China International Comedy Festival, the madness of Crazy Lotus, and even Plantopia - China's largest vegan festival. See below for our top picks.
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Saturday

Shanghai Strawberry Festival 2017

Critics' pick

Modern Sky's Strawberry Festival returns to Shanghai once more for the May holiday with The Vaccines, The Drums, KSHMR, Charli XCX, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg and lots more.

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Expo Garden Park , Expo Avenue (Shibo Dadao) 29 Apr - 01 May Buy tickets

Midi Taihu Festival 2017

Critics' pick

Midi Festival returns to its lakeside park on the outskirts of Suzhou for the 2017 May holiday with a mix of international and domestic rock, metal and folk bands, plus a host of DJs.

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Taihu Midi Camp , Qiduzhen 29 Apr - 01 May

Crazy Lotus Experience & SMART Lotus Conference

This festival, organised by the people behind The Mansion and Yingyang Music Festival, promises to combine musical performances, workshops, an art and technology conference, networking, a pillow fight and more into one weekend event at the Cool Docks. 

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Cool Docks , 505 Zhongshan Nan Lu 29-30 Apr

Meridian: Recurrent But Not Repetitive

Critics' pick

Beijing sound artist thruoutin joins Anita L Pan at Anfu Lu's Capsule Gallery for a special performance based around Gao Yuan's short film Lunar Dial. Pan's performance will use two bicycles as instruments, one of which you may have noticed in Capsule's lovely garden if you've visited their ...

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Capsule Gallery , Lane 275 Anfu Lu 29 Apr

696 Reopening Party

696 rises from the dead once more having taken over the old Yuncai Cafe spot inside Changshou Park. They've given the space a bit of a refit and named it Tivoli by 696 Live.

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Tivoli by 696 Live , 260 Changshou Lu 29 Apr

Hugh Reed and the Electric Shadows

Scottish rocker Hugh Reed - who once opened for Debbie Harry and The Fall - hits Yuyintang for a night of old-school rock 'n' roll with Shanghai-based bands Round Eye and Pinball City.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 29 Apr

SVBKVLT presents Swimful Pearls EP Release Party

Critics' pick

Returning after a four-month hiatus since the closure of The Shelter, SVBKVLT return with this launch party for Pearls, the new EP from Qinpu-based producer Swimful. The EP collects four of the best tracks made by Swimful in the past year and sees the producer going deeper into his sound of ...

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DADA , 115 Xingfu Lu 29 Apr

Sunday

JZ Spring 2017

Critics' pick

JZ Spring is back for 2017 as part of the city's celebrations of International Jazz Day. This three-day, largely free event from the JZ people will feature performances from locally-based musicians in a variety of locations around Jingan - Jingan Park, Réel Plaza, Jingan Kerry Centre and Crystal ...

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Shanghai Centre Theatre (SCT) , 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu 30 Apr - 02 May

Please fasten your seatbelt as we are experiencing some turbulence

Critics' pick

In an exhibition examining the state of the world today, Leo Xu Projects presents its latest collaborative group show, featuring two new art pieces by Yale educated Iranian artist Tala Madini, whose older work was featured in recent MoMA exhibition in NYC, in which the museum boldly replaced major works by Picasso and Matisse with artists from countries affected by Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’. The rest of the exhibition features work from artists facing their own immigration crisis, expressing personal stories of exclusion and prejudice.

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Leo Xu Projects , Lane 49 Fuxing Xi Lu Every day except Monday

Sha Sha Sha

Critics' pick

Sha Sha Sha by Liang Shaoji presents the unique and thought provoking work of an artist dubbed a recluse for residing in a remote mountain, and spending his time creating large-scale ecological installations.

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ShanghART Gallery West Bund , 2555 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday

thruoutin

Critics' pick

Brilliant Beijing-based artist thruoutin celebrates the release of his excellent new EP Contingent of Outlying Territory. Joining him in the Pingwu Lu basement will be husband and wife ambient duo Peng Zhuang and experimentalist Laughing Ears.

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Basement6 , 115 Pingwu Lu 30 Apr

Co:Motion x Discosmic Adventure: Intergalactic Gary

Critics' pick

Described as ‘a quiet master behind the decks’, Intergalactic Gary has been DJing for over three decades and is renowned for his flawless mixing. This is a show to get the DJ nerds excited - expect a masterclass in Detroit techno, Italo and electro.

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Elevator , 218 Xinle Lu 30 Apr

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