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Yinyang Festival
This week, Dragon Boat Festival takes place from Sunday to Monday, resulting in another joyous long weekend. For the uninitiated, we've put together a handy primer detailing exactly what the festival's about, along with how best to get involved in all the festivities.

On the slightly less cultural side of festival season, both YinYang and Intro Electronic Music Festival are kicking off this Sunday. For those still recovering from Wetware or the Great Wall Run, you have just under a week to get your bodies ready for another excellent round of booty shaking - it's the long weekend after all.


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Critics' pick

Guy Ritchie’s over-the-top, frenzied spin on the legend of King Arthur offers wall-to-wall testosterone, digital effects, fights and supernatural freak-outs. Starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, King Arthur features a large cast of British blokes (including David Beckham?) who talk like they're out of Snatch. Unashamedly loads of fun.

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Cinemas around Beijing 12 May - 16 Jun Buy tickets



Critics' pick

Nominated for ten Tony awards, the Broadway smash hit has been dubbed 'a cultural phenomenon' by Variety magazine and the 'defining musical of the decade' by The New York Times. Featuring elaborate sets and soaring musical performances, Wicked is a wildly inventive, yet moving take on L. Frank Baum's classic tale.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 29 May Buy tickets


Coding Workshop for Beginners

During the Dragon Boat Festival long weekend, Atelier Art School is running a number of workshops, including stop-motion and Pop art workshops. In this workshop, students will learn the basics of coding using an Arduino microprocessor, an electronics prototyping platform that helps one control real-world objects.

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Atelier , No. 68 Xinzhong lu 27-30 May


Yinyang Festival

Critics' pick

The fourth edition of the fest is set to be jam-packed with live performances, visual art projections and even yoga classes. You won't find any mainstream dance music, but in addition to numerous local acts you'll have Worakls and four French DJs from Boiler Room all in one place.

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