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Your weekly guide to the best events in Beijing

City of Life and Death
Beijing this week is all about some good old fashioned culture. With Beijing Dance Festival back in town and Time Out's monthly classic film screening at Capital M, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to creative ways to while away the summer days. If something a bit more energetic is your game, there are some bangin' gigs and parties on this weekend, too.

Wednesday

Lion

Critics' pick

British actor Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) is all grown up and back in India for this real-life tearjerker about Saroo Brierley, who as a five-year-old was separated from his family in rural India and later adopted by an Australian family.

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Cinemas around Beijing 29 Jun - 31 Jul

Friday

While She Sleeps

Critics' pick

Formed in Sheffield, England back in 2006, the metalcore five-piece are frequently described as being criminally underrated in a saturated genre that includes fellow Sheffield boys Bring Me The Horizon, plus bands Enter Shikari and Asking Alexandra. With the release of their critically-acclaimed album You Are We last April, While She Sleeps have finally begun to step into the limelight. Full of cathartic metal anthems and thoughtful lyrics, their latest music expresses their frustrations with post-Brexit UK. Head to Yugong Yishan for frenetic drumming, screamed vocals and dropped guitars.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 28 Jul

Saturday

Hoodboi

Critics' pick

LA-based producer and DJ Roger Schami (aka Hoodboi) returns to Beijing with his dancefloor-friendly EDM and 'hyper R'n'B' beats, courtesy of Dianyintai – who are partly using this show to whet appetites for this autumn's Storm Festival in Shanghai. As such, they're promising special visuals and a cyborg theme for this performance, with support coming from WhyBeatZ, Major and DJ 4tael.

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Modernsky Lab , 5-108 Galaxy Soho 29 Jul Buy tickets

Beijing Flea Market

Critics' pick

This summer, local favourite Beijing Flea Market returns bigger and better. With more than 35 vendors selling some of the best local designs and crafts from both established and emerging makers, shoppers are sure to find something unique and one-of-a-kind. And if all that browsing gets you peckish, check out the food stalls which are set to be selling gourmet baked goods, wine and loads more.

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Pop-Up Beijing , 4 Gongti bei lu 29 Jul Free

The Bodyguard

Critics' pick

Based on the hit 1992 film written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, The Bodyguard features a whole host of Whitney Houston's greatest hits, including 'Saving All My Love', 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody', and arguably one of the biggest love songs of all time, 'I Will Always Love You'. For Whitney fans, this musical is sure to be your cheesy, guilty pleasure of the summer.

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Poly Theatre (保利剧院) , 14 Dongzhimen Nan Dajie 22-30 Jul Buy tickets

Sunday

City of Life and Death

Critics' pick

This big-budget blockbuster recasts the horror of the Nanjing Massacre as cinematic spectacle. Full of sound and fury, the brawn and technical brilliance of the film's relentless action set-pieces and sentimental humanism have borne comparisons to Stephen Spielberg's Schindler's List and divided Chinese audiences for its sympathetic portrayal of a Japanese soldier.

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Capital M , 2 Qianmen Buxing Jie 30 Jul Free

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