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The best things to do in Beijing this week

Your weekly guide to amazing events around Beijing

Nathan East plays Blue Note on Thu & Fri. Image: Kharen Hill. 
There's a whole lot going on this week, Beijing. From film screenings to stage shows, Lantern Festival celebrations to international DJs, this week has it all. Get planning now and make the most out of your weekdays in Beijing.

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

Alita: Battle Angel

Critics' pick

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) create a groundbreaking new heroine in Alita: Battle Angel, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 22 Feb - 19 Apr

Art Battle International

Critics' pick

Art Battle International is a live art competition that sees 12 artists compete in front of a live audience. Three rounds of 20-minute live painting sessions are watched by the audience, who then vote for the best artists to advance. Although there's only one winner by the end of the night, all of the art is auctioned to the audience.

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Yue Space , 7 Banqiaonanxiang 24 Feb Buy tickets

Craig David (CANCELLED)

Critics' pick

The one, the only, the man of a generation's dreams. Or some people at least. Craig David finally hits Beijing this week to play a DJ set under his TS5 guise, dropping R&B classics alongside hip-hop, house, dub, reggae and hopefully some of the classic noughties hits he made his name with.

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Beijing Exhibition Center , 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie 24 Feb Buy tickets
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