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The best things to do this weekend

Featuring the EU Film Festival, Stars on Ice, Cirque du Soleil and more


We may be freezing our butts off this weekend, but that's no excuse for staying indoors. With plenty of film screenings, parties, food events and stage productions going down over the next few days, it's time to put on your scruffiest Christmas jumper and get out there!

Things to do

Farm to Neighbors' Christmas market

Critics' pick

Left your Christmas shopping to the last minute? Then head to the Farm to Neighbors' Christmas market. With more than 50 hand-picked vendors and regular local producers selling their wares, this market features plenty of handmade and eco-friendly products that are perfect for giving away as gifts.

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The Grand Summit , 19 Dongfang Dong Lu Every weekend Free

Stage

Cirque du Soleil: Kooza

Critics' pick

A return to Cirque du Soleil's origins, Kooza combines acrobatic performance with the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power. Written and directed by David Shiner, a former Cirque du Soleil clown, Kooza is an enthralling circus spectacle featuring jaw-dropping feats and theatrical ingenuity.

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Chaoyang Park (朝阳公园) , 1 Nongzhan Nan Lu 16-24 Dec Buy tickets

Art

Andres Serrano: an American Perspective

Critics' pick

Known for his often controversial photography, Andres Serrano has earned high esteem from the art world and the public alike. In this, his first exhibition in China, Serrano presents photographs from across his three-decade career, from photos taken in morgues, to religious subjects, to undesirables.

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Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum , Shunbai Lu 23 Nov - 25 Feb

Cao Yu: I Have an Hourglass Waist

Critics' pick

Making a splash with her subdued, austere style, Cao Yu’s first solo exhibition at Galerie Urs Meile presents a vast range of works in a number of different materials, including video, sound, sculpture, bras and Vaseline. The overriding feeling, pushed by the intensely personal nature of the art, is uncomfortable, but presents an opportunity for deeper responses from the audience.

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Galerie Urs Meile (麦勒画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

Red Gate on the Move

Critics' pick

After calling the iconic Dongbianmen Watchtower in Guomao home for the last 20 years, Red Gate Gallery will move to a prime new location in 798 this month. Its final show at the old spot features some of the most important artists that the gallery has worked with over the last two decades.

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Red Gate Gallery (红门画廊) , Chongwenmen Dong Dajie 5-31 Dec Free

Lu Yang: Encephalon Heaven

Critics' pick

This ambitious solo exhibition features three new commissions and a constellation of previous works that include sculpture, film, installation, performance and video games. A leading figure among a young generation of new media artists, Lu Yang aims to satirize efforts to demystify human experience through scientific theory.

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M Woods (木木美术馆) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Road 28 Oct - 11 Feb

Film

The best of the European Union Film Festival 2017

For those of you who missed out on catching films from the EU Film Festival back in October, Institut Francais is currently screening a curated list of some of the top films from this year's festival, including Anthropoid, Ismael's Ghosts, King of the Belgians and more.

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By: Leanne Wong

Paddington 2

Critics' pick

A follow-up to the 2014 film, Paddington 2 follows our beloved marmalade-munching bear as he sets out to prove his innocence after being accused of stealing a valuable childrens' pop-up book. Filled with plenty of hilarious gags, this brightly coloured romp through London is tremendously sweet-natured and charming – and arguably even better than the original.

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Cinemas around Beijing 8-29 Dec Buy tickets

Darkest Hour

Critics' pick

Within days of being elected Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or continue to fight against seemingly insurmountable odds during World War II. Featuring powerhouse acting from Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour is the new war film to beat.

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Cinemas around Beijing 30 Nov - 23 Dec Buy tickets

Loving Vincent

Critics' pick

Part mystery, part visual experiment, Loving Vincent is a reverent ode to iconic 19th century painter Vincent van Gogh. The world’s first fully painted film, this beautifully animated affair was inspired by his greatest works of art, from Starry Night to Sunflowers.

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Cinemas around Beijing 5-28 Dec Buy tickets

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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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