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The best things to do in Beijing this week

A jam-packed week featuring food, book, music and film fests

After a weekend full of live music and thumping club nights, this week turns down the volume a bit, but turns up the number of things to do. From art and stage, to musicians and food festivals, this week has an incredible raft of events to keep your mind and body occupied.

As well as these highlights, there are many more things to do in Beijing this weekend: explore, enjoy and don't forget to Instagram us your snaps with #timeoutbeijing or let us know on Facebook what you really enjoyed.

Kesha (CANCELLED)

Critics' pick

The transformation of party-pop-star Ke$ha to the introspective, balanced songstress Kesha hasn't been an easy one. But, as her songs document, Kesha's journey over the last few years has served to increase her strength and belief in the power of self-worth. Join her to celebrate life and yourself as she performs her latest album Rainbow this week.

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Workers' Gymnasium (北京工人体育馆) , Gongti Beilu 21 Sep Buy tickets

China Women's Film Festival

Returning for its sixth year this month, the China Women's Film Festival aims to shine a light on the myriad of struggles, injustices and triumphs women, as well as LGBTQI communities, encounter all over the globe. Over 30 films from 15 different countries are featured in this year's international programme, showing at locations around Beijing. 

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By: Leanne Wong

Cats

Critics' pick

Based on TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical Cats is set in a larger-than-life junkyard playground that's home to a variety of feline characters. With spectacular sets, breathtaking choreography and of course, the hit song 'Memory', Cats is a musical like no other.

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Century Theatre (世纪剧院) , 40 Liangmaqiao Lu 22 Sep - 07 Oct Buy tickets

Salvatore Ganacci

Critics' pick

Bosnian-born Swedish DJ Salvatore Ganacci has collaborated with the likes of Jillionaire, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tujamo and even Enya. Having already performed at Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland, check him out at Sir Teen this Sunday. 

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Sir Teen , 6 Gongti Xi Lu 23 Sep

Mid-Autumn Fair

Critics' pick

The Bookworm's seasonal market is back just in time for autumn. Featuring jewellery, home decorations, crafts, beauty products, coffee, wine, jams, arts, desserts and so much more, the market is sure to fill both your bags and tummies. 

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The Bookworm (书虫) , Gongti Bei Lu 22 Sep Free

Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake

Critics' pick

Swan Lake, an icon of the Russian Classical Ballet, forms the basis of the classical ballet repertoire of the Mariinsky Theater. More than a hundred years ago, it was choreographed by Marius Petipa and is considered to be a hallmark of the Mariinsky Ballet.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 20-22 Sep

Death Wish

Critics' pick

Having been assigned a score of one star out of five by our friends at Time Out New York, Death Wish is a film that's so bad it's almost good. Or just straight-up bad. Watch Bruce Willis take on Charles Bronson's infamous role as a meek-family-man-turned-stony-avenger and make your own mind up. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 21 Sep - 01 Nov

Sikdope

Critics' pick

Having grown up playing the piano and saxophone, Dawid Kabaciński, aka Sikdope's journey to becoming a leading DJ in the dubstep and drum 'n' bass scenes took an unconventional journey through rock 'n' roll first. Check out the Polish DJ's unique sound at One Third this Friday.

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One Third , 6 Workers’ Stadium West Road 21 Sep

Upstream Gaze Festival Volume 2

Critics' pick

Shanghai may have rocked out at Concrete & Grass last weekend, but we're not exactly missing out here in the capital. Taking place over two days, Modernsky's excellent shoegaze and psychedelic bonanza features the likes of Fazi, Birdstriking, Default, Last Goodbye, The Romp and more.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nandajie 22-23 Sep

Paul Lewis

Critics' pick

Considered to be one of Britain's finest young pianists, Paul Lewis already has a string of prizes to his name. His cycles of Beethoven and Schubert piano compositions have received unanimous critical acclaim and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 20 Sep Buy tickets

Kshmr

Critics' pick

Born Niles Hollowell-Dhar, the 29-year-old musician went solo in 2015 and debuted at number 23 on DJ Mag's Top 100. He's now ranked 12 following the release of his first album The Lion Across the Field in 2016 and co-productions 'Tsunami' with DVBBS & Borgeous, as well as 'Stampede' by DVBBS, Borgeous and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.

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One Third , 6 Workers’ Stadium West Road 22 Sep

Shōji Ueda: Retrospective

Critics' pick

From the sand-dune landscapes that surrounded his home in Tottori, Japan and inspired by the Surrealist works of Man Ray and René Magritte, Shōji Ueda choreographed and photographed beautiful and bizarre worlds. This exhibition displays the breadth of his modernist oeuvre including his signature black-and-white series and his later high-fashion and commercial work.

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Three Shadows Photography Art Centre , 155A Caochangdi Every day except Monday Free

Platform K+K Vienna

Critics' pick

Ever since its foundation in 2009 and its first concert in Vienna’s Musikverein, Platform K+K Vienna has breathed new life into unknown or rarely heard pieces of music. Catch them at the NCPA as they perform a programme of Schubert, Bakanic and Piazzolla. 

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 23 Sep Buy tickets

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère

Critics' pick

The much-acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet comes to Beijing this week with their famous La Bayadère. Created by Marius Petipa in 1877, La Bayadère is one of the world's most loved ballets.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 23 Sep Buy tickets

Oktoberfest at Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

Clear your calendar as Sunrise Kempinski Hotel invites you to their much-anticipated three-day Oktoberfest event, that will include home-brewed Bavarian beer and authentic German food with special performances from the Munich – Bavarian Show Band, plus fun games with fantastic prizes.

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Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing , Yanqi Lake Nan Lu 21-23 Sep

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