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The best things to do this week

Your forecast of the week's best events

Bad news: it's Monday. Good news: Beijing's brought another round of brilliant events for you to check out. Check out our picks of the best things to do this week that'll hopefully make the weekend seem not quite as far away.

Monday

Africa Week 2018

After kicking off last Friday, Beijing's first-ever Africa Week continues with more fantastic events dedicated to highlighting the very best of Beijing's African community, across the arts, food, business and much more. Here's the full rundown of the happenings.

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Tuesday

Bolshoi Ballet: The Flames of Paris

Critics' pick

Very few ballets can properly depict the Bolshoi's overflowing energy and fiery passion as can Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen's The Flames of Paris. With powerful virtuosity and some of the most stunning pas de deux, the Bolshoi Ballet displays an exuberance almost too enormous for the Beijing stage.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 22-25 May Buy tickets

Wednesday

Bridging the Gap

Critics' pick

Marcel Duchamp's art was designed to provoke a reaction, and in keeping with his revolutionary spirit, the Marcel Duchamp Prize celebrates the year’s most innovative French or France-residing artists. This exhibition takes creativity a step further; each of the artists display their own mixed-media 'stories' in their own 'climates,' having designed each room to best showcase their work. 

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Tsinghua University Art Museum Every day except Monday

Thursday

National Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Critics' pick

Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he sets out to prove his innocence. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 24-27 May Buy tickets

Friday

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Critics' pick

Alden Ehrenreich fills the biggest flying boots in the galaxy in this frisky space caper that zips along like a speeder on a bed of air. It's far from perfect, but it's much better than it has any right to be.

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Cinemas around Beijing 25 May - 29 Jun

12th Planet

Critics' pick

John Dadzie, aka 12th Planet, is an LA-based producer who's worked with the likes of Skrillex, Skream, Plastician and even Korn. His track, 'Reasons', produced in collaboration with Doctor P, was declared by Spin magazine as one of the '30 Greatest Dubstep Songs of All Time' with John himself acknowledged as the 'King of Dubstep'.

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Hustle Club , -1F, 6 Gong Ti Xi Lu (工体西路6号地下一层) Chaoyang Beijing Beijing 25 May Buy tickets

Metz

Critics' pick

Metz formed in 2007, fueled by a desire to return to everything that’s good about loud, ecstatic live music. A frantic nod to bands like Nation of Ulysses, Shellac, The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard, and Public Image Ltd at their most vicious, Metz also carves out some heavy new business.

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Yue Space , 7 Banqiaonanxiang 25 May

Zatox

Critics' pick

Zatox's career spans more than a decade having started in small Italian clubs and subsequently becoming a hardstyle megastar. He heads to Gongti megaclub One Third this Friday. To purchase tickets click here.

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One Third , 6 Workers’ Stadium West Road 25 May

Jay Hardway

Critics' pick

Recently voted in at number 68 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list, Dutch DJ and producer Jay Hardway is best known for 'Wizard', the hugely successful dancefloor banger produced in collaboration with Martin Garrix. Having released the anthemic track 'Golden Pineapple' last year, Hardway brings thumping new beats to Sir Teen this week.

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Sir Teen , 6 Gongti Xi Lu 25 May

Saturday

Oyster festival and shucking world cup

Critics' pick

A competitive oyster-shucking (yes, that's a thing) and plentiful food-festival mirth at this ode to the shellfish. The event features spectacular feats of mollusc-wielding, also craft beers, wines and cocktail specials, live music and more.

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EAST Hotel Beijing , 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu 26 May

Made in China

Critics' pick

Bitten by the festival bug, this off-the-wall extravaganza sees One Third bring together the best of China's electronic music scene for a marathon weekend-long party. With a lineup that features DJL, Carta, Warz, WhyBeatz, Dirty Class and Unity, consider this your primer to Chinese electronica.

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One Third , 6 Workers’ Stadium West Road 26-27 May

Joshua Bell and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Critics' pick

Violinist Joshua Bell, dubbed the 'poet of the violin', made his debut at the tender age of 14 with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. With his staggering discography and virtuosic skill, the violinist has attracted legions of fans. He performs an innovative classical programme alongside one of the world's premier chamber orchestras.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 26 May Buy tickets

Sunday

011 Brunch & Day Party

011 is a monthly brunch party that aims to bring together lovers of good music (R&B, hip-hop, house and Kwaito), good food and chill vibes. Made up of two parts, 011 kicks off with a brunch from 12 to 4pm, then an afterparty from 4 to 8pm.

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The Bookworm (书虫) , 4 Sanlitun Nan Lu 27 May

Jukka-Pekka Saraste and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne

Critics' pick

Jukka-Pekka Saraste has established himself as one of the leading conductors of his generation, demonstrating almost effortless musical depth. He'll be leading the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne this week, one of the most influential orchestras in the musical landscape of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 27 May Buy tickets

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