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Your forecast of the week's best events

With more brilliant events heading your way, there's plenty of good excuses to get out of the house (terrible pollution be damned). Don't forget to also check out our guides to the Bookworm Literary Festival and Francophone Film Festival for the best ways to inject some culture into your week.


Dali's Fantastic Universe

Critics' pick

A collaboration between Shenzhen Mao Industries Company, Dali Universe and Espace Dali Paris, this exhibition features hundreds of works by the late Spanish surrealist, including sculptures, paintings, furniture and more.

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Yang Art Museum , No.6 Chaoyang Park Road 01 Jan - 31 Mar


Mental Health Peer Support Group

Hosted by CandleX, these bimonthly sessions aim to help Beijing's English-speaking community improve their well-being by removing the stigma attached to mental health issues. These meetings provide a safe environment for attendees to share their personal feelings and experiences in small, confidential gatherings. 

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Unspecified Venue The Second Tuesday of every month Free


Comedy Club China: Wednesday Open Mic

Comedy Club China's weekly open mic finds a new home at The Local. Whether you're a seasoned joke slinger looking to get in some practice, a relative newbie looking to give it a shot, or simply loaded up on liquid courage, everyone's free to get up and give it a go. If you just wanna watch, it's a great opportunity to get some free midweek laughs.

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The Local , 4 Gongti Bei Lu Every Wednesday Free


The Shape of Water

Critics' pick

Winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Picture, The Shape of Water follows mute janitor Elisa (Sally Hawkins, delivering a flow of enraptured expressions) as she forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature being held captive in a top government facility during the 1960s.

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Cinemas around Beijing 16 Mar - 20 Apr Buy tickets


Beach Fossils

Critics' pick

New York indie-rockers Beach Fossils are undertaking their first China tour, touting their 2017 album Somersault as they do so. Somersault, which features guest appearances from Slowdive's Rachel Goswell and Cities Aviv, was described as 'an acrobatic leap' for the band by Pitchfork.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 18 Mar Buy tickets

Hannah Arendt

In 1961, noted German-American philosopher Hannah Arendt reports on the trial of notorious Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. While observing the legal proceedings, Arendt coins the controversial term 'the banality of evil', forcing her to defend her ideas about moral complexity at great personal cost. 

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Beijing walking tours

Discover the hidden streets and histories of the hutongs on these beautiful Beijing explorations

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