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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Dancelife, The Voiceless Rise Up, Matilda the Musical and more...

Photograph: courtesy Yuyintang Park (PITOC China Tour)
If you think today is cold, bad news: it’ll get colder. But don't feel blue just yet, as Shanghai knows how to keep you warm despite the icy temperatures outside. This week, we've got tons of music and nightlife events to fire up your night, a charity dance to get you active for a good cause and Matilda the Musical (based on Roald Dahl's classic) is in town.

Things to Do


Dancelife holds monthly un-choreographed community discos for an hour with a new playlist every time. The space is judgment- and substance-free for all to let loose and be themselves, so don't worry if you don't have any dancing experience. All proceeds from this event go to Lifeline, a community-run, free mental health helpline based in Shanghai. To join the Dancelife WeChat group, add WeChat ID 'JGriffolas137' with the word 'Dancelife'. Interested attendees are welcome to make playlist suggestions.

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ZY Dance Studio , 596 Yan’an Zhong Lu 08 Dec

Jingan Christkindlmarkt

The traditional German Christkindlmarkt (aka Christmas market), returns to Shanghai. There will be tons of food including baked apples, chestnuts, gingerbread, mulled wine and other regional specialties from Germany and other countries.

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Zeitgeist , 537 Haifang Lu Every weekend , Every weekday

Eating & Drinking

Music & Nightlife

Alter. pres Bambounou (50 Weapons/Whities)

Alter. brings back one of the key figures in the Parisian scene, Bambounou. Just as his French-Malian-Polish background has created in him a strong sense of musical independence, so too has his love for astrophysics and dystopian sci-fi been distilled into futuristic interpretations of UK techno, IDM and tribal sources. Joining the decks alongside Bambounou is local act Yinan, who just returned to Shanghai from New York. She’s a resident at record shop and music collective Symposium Records and a co-manager for its broadcast.

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Fallout , 218 Xinle Lu 06 Dec

La Folie DEUS

DEUS Social Club will be hosting La Folie DEUS, where the outdoor terrace has been transformed into an après-ski fun lounge, inspired by La Folie Douce of Alpine fame. Come for the shisha, drinks and crêpes; stay for the warm, wool-lined sun chairs, pink neon flamingos, pixelated sunglasses and a pink unicorn and Pikachu dance party.

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DEUS , 158 Julu Lu Every day except Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Sunday


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


Peer to Peer

Originally exhibited at Open Eye Gallery in conjunction with St George’s Hall Loverpool as part of the LOOK Photo Biennial, the exhibition asks 14 influential figures in the field of photography in China and the UK to nominate 14 artists whose works deal with a range of topics, from fluctuating attitudes towards Bitcoin to the rampant accumulation of plastics. Nominators include founder and CEO of the World Photography Organisation, Scott Gray, associate director of PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, Peipei Han and founder and director of the Shanghai Center of Photography, Liu Heung Shing.

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


Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical

Critics' pick

There are still a few (and we mean, a few) tickets going for Tim Minchin's 'wickedly good story of a schoolgirl genius' (says Time Out London), Matilda the Musical. Making its Shanghai debut from this week, the gifted autodidact at the centre of Roald Dahl's 1988 novel comes to life in this musical coproduced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Shanghai Culture Square , No. 597 Fuxing Zhong Lu (复兴中路597号) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 08 Dec Buy tickets

Sirqus Alfon: I Am Somebody

Hailing from Sweden, Sirqus Alfon offers I Am Somebody – a unique high-tech musical innovation for the internet generation. Skillfully crafting an interactive comedy performance imbued with rhythm, humour and a touch of magic, it represents a genre entirely of its own in which the audience gets to be the star of the show.

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ET Space , 433 East Yan'An Road, Near South Yunnan Road (延安东路433号, 近云南南路) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 07 Dec Buy tickets

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