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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Alita: Battle Angel, Craig David, School of Rock, Kurt Dunsing and more

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While it may feel like it's going to rain for the foreseeable future, that's no reason to not get outside and brave the elements this week. From environment-focused workshops to a world-famous singer/DJ to a dystopian sci-fi adventure to a Canadian comic, there's all sorts of fun, interesting stuff going down this week. Read on for our picks of the best things to do.

Eating & Drinking

Stone Beer University- February Workshop

Get educated at Stone's second Beer University workshop, a guided tasting event featuring Stone and their fellow craft brewing comrades. Learn all about complex, hard-to-find beers, meet local brewers to get some behind-the-scenes insights into the beer brewing process in China and sip on six beer tasters. 

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Stone Brewing Tap Room Shanghai , 1107 Yuyuan Lu 20 Feb

Music & Nightlife

Kodaline: Live in Shanghai 2019

Upon releasing their new album Politics of Living, Ireland’s breakthrough, UK Platinum-selling band Kodaline bring their debut show to Shanghai. Formed in Swords, north of Dublin, in 2012, the band has secured a strong fanbase over the years ('All I Want' was featured in a big-budget young adult film, The Fault of Our Stars).

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Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall , 179 Yichang Lu, near Jiangning Lu (宜昌路179号, 近江宁路) Putuo Shanghai Shanghai 20 Feb Buy tickets

Faux Fighters with Dave Reffett

Foos tribute band the Faux Fighters hit MAO Livehouse – expect all the best hits from all nine studio albums. Opening the night is well-known guitarist Dave Reffett, who mixes thrash metal and hard rock with very technical and bluesy guitar playing.

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MAO Livehouse , 308 Chongqing Nan Lu 21 Feb

Craig David’s TS5 Tour

Y2K-era UK garage legend Craig David is set to play in Shanghai. Fast-fast-forward to 2018 and he's transformed himself from a skinny R&B singer based in Southampton, to a muscle-bound, Miami-based DJ spinning at some of the city's most exclusive pre-parties.

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Jing'an Sports Center , 116 Wenshui Lu (汶水路116号) Jing'an Shanghai Shanghai 22 Feb Buy tickets

Hologram Dreams 全息梦境 with Illsee

DJs Heatwolves and special guest Illsee take DADA's dance floor on a hyperloop journey from city-pop, Italo disco and Chicago house into new wave, electro and cybernetic madness. Seminal classics, brand new sounds, unknown pleasures and rare anime visuals abound.

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DADA , 115 Xingfu Lu 22 Feb Free

Things to Do

#IamZeroWaste workshop

Environmental advocacy group Zero Waste is organising a workshop to teach you everything there is to know about a green, sustainable lifestyle. Learn to create small mindful changes that still feel accessible, simple solutions to reduce or eliminate the need for plastics and where to shop. The workshop is either Thursday 21 or Saturday 23 and if you purchase a two-day ticket, you get entry to their next workshop on either March 1 or 3. Tickets include a starter kit worth 350RMB. Click here for tickets.

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Agora Space , 1199 Panyu Lu Every day except Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Friday,Sunday

Brian Aylward: Stand Up Comedy Live in Shanghai

Dubbed 'one of Asia's most influential stand-up comedians' by the Korea Times, Canadian stand-up comic Brian Aylward is coming to Shanghai. He's performed in excess of 2,600 shows in more than 20 countries in a career spanning over a decade. In 2016 he was named Best Stand-Up Comic of the Year at the Canadian Comedy Awards. We can't confirm if he's bringing the cat...

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Shanghai Comedy Bunker , 428 Jiangning Lu 22 Feb

Comedy UN presents: Kurt Dunsing

Chicago native and Shanghai comedy stalwart Kurt Dunsing headlines Comedy UN with his latest show Clown Syndrome. The 2018 China International Festival Festival runner-up, who has performed across China, Hong Kong and Japan, will be supported by Eric Alexander, Erica Switzer, Nate Johns and host Ben Frank. 

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Comedy UN , 549 Yanan Zhong Lu 22 Feb


Alita: Battle Angel

Adapted from Yukito Kishiro’s manga comic, and set in the year 2563 in a post-apocalyptic metropolis called Iron City, this visually epic (but somewhat monotonous) dystopian sci-fi – a collaboration between James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez – tells the story of Alita, a cyborg girl (Rosa Salazar, given an eerie CG makeover and cartoon eyes) reconnecting with her warrior past. Also starring Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Jennifer Connelly.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 22 Feb - 22 Mar


NT Live: Coriolanus (Screening)

Critics' pick

National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

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Huangpu Theatre , 780 Beijing Dong Lu 20 Feb Buy tickets

School of Rock the Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber's unexpected Broadway hit (based on the 2003 film with Jack Black) is about Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. 

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Shanghai Grand Theatre Lyric Theatre , 300 Renmin Da Dao, near Huangpi Bei Lu (人民大道300号) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 22 Feb Buy tickets

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