The best things to do in Shanghai this November

So many things to do this season yet so little time...

Photograph: courtesy Secret Cinema
It's November, which means we're properly into autumn. Like, properly into it, guys. We're talking leaf-peeping in the park, wearing extra layers and warming up with hot pot. You know how autumn goes... As well as the usual seasonal goings-on, there's also a lot of great events going down around town.

Things to Do

Secret Cinema pres Casino Royale

Imagine a theatre experience where you’re a part of the show – what you say and do shape the storyline. London-based immersive film experience company Secret Cinema has been transforming audiences into aliens, robots, time travellers and all sorts of characters since 2007, and it’s coming to Shanghai to turn people into spies and assassins in its production of 007 flick Casino Royale.

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Frozen II

Six years after the hugely popular Frozen, the sequel sees Elsa (voiced by Kristen Bell) and company travelling beyond their homeland into the ancient forest of a magical land to discover the origins of Elsa's power in order to save the kingdom.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 22 Nov - 22 Dec

The Farewell

Based on the personal story of writer and director Lulu Wang, this bittersweet and maturely witty family drama tells the story of Billi (played by the amazing Awkwafina), a young American-born Chinese whose family decides not to tell her grandmother that she has cancer. Poignant and sometimes funny, the film brilliantly captures the cultural differences between the East and the West.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 22 Nov - 22 Dec

The Legend of 1900

Enjoy a 4K restoration of Tornatore's classics on the big screen more than 20 years after its initial release. 1900 is the story of an orphan, left on a ship as a baby, who was eventually forced to learn how to survive on his own when his adopted father passed away and ends up displaying musical talent like no other. Tim Roth stars as the protagonist in this award-winning film that has scooped up 21 awards including the Golden Globe for Original Score and other awards for its director, production design and more.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 15 Nov - 16 Dec

Charlie's Angels

The 1976 TV series has been made into two popular action flicks bearing the same title released in 2000 and 2003. The 2019 iteration (produced and directed by Elizabeth Banks) sees the female ensemble (Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart and Ella Balinska) parachuting, car-racing and gun-fighting against the bad guy, this time someone who possesses a very dangerous technology. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 15 Nov - 15 Dec


The Shape of Time: Highlights of the Centre Pompidou Collection

Kickstarting a five-year collaboration between Paris's Centre Pompidou and the West Bund Museum, the 18-month opening exhibition The Shape of Time: Highlights of the Centre Pompidou Collection offers up a comprehensive introduction to contemporary and modern art history through more than 100 masterpieces from the world's major artists including Duchamp, Picasso, Kandinsky, Miro, Beuys, Ding Yi, Cai Guoqiang and Li Yongbin.

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Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum , 2600 Longteng Dadao Every day except Monday

The Birth of Beaux-Arts

From Baroque art in the 17th century to Rococo in the 18th and from Neoclassical art after the Enlightenment to Romanticism under the reign of Napoleon, this new exhibition features over 80 masterpieces from the collection of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, most of which will be exhibited for the first time in China.

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Shanghai Museum , 201 People's Avenue Every day except Monday

Wild Metropolis

Curated by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Zhen, this edgy exhibition brings together international contemporary artists, musicians and designers under the unifying theme 'borderless' with a total of 40 artworks including installations, behavioural art, video art, media art, digital art and experimental music.

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Powerlong Museum , 3055 Caobao Road Every day except Monday

Ocean II Ocean

In this exhibition, TANK Shanghai unites French artist Cyprien Gaillard's three latest works including the film Ocean II Ocean, which debuted at the 2019 Venice Biennale. From metro stations in Russia and fossilised matter to the archival footage of subway cars at the bottom of the ocean, the film explores the themes of erosion in a physical, historical and cultural sense.

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TANK Shanghai , 2350 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday

Prada Rong Zhai pes Li Qing: Rear Windows

Rear Windows presents paintings and installations by the Shanghai- and Hangzhou-based artist Lin Qing, including his most famous series 'Neighbour's Window' – paintings of famous colonial architecture of Shanghai framed in old wooden windows, an interesting play on the past and present, inside and outside, looking and being looked at.

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Prada Rong Zhai , No. 186 Shaanxi Bei Lu 07 Nov - 09 Jan

Three Souls Seven Spirits

Drawing inspiration from both Chinese calligraphy and German romanticism, the new exhibition at Minsheng Art Museum, titled Three Souls Seven Spirits (the seance of the human soul in Daoism), showcases 20 groups of works, including paintings, installations and video projects of Foshan-born artist Yang Jiechang. Highly spiritual and unapologetically romantic, Yang tries to reach an equilibrium between the two art forms.

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Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum , 210 Wenshui Lu Every day except Monday


Hanoch Levin: The Child Dreams

Written in 1986 and premiered at Habima – Israel National Theater in 1993, The Child Dreams is considered by many to be one of the most poetic texts to be put on the Israeli stage. The play follows the journey of one mother and her child to find asylum after an army killed the father and forced them into exile. 

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