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Artwork: The Kiss (1969) by Pablo Picasso © Succession Picasso 2019
Incredible stage shows, chart-topping musicians and breathtaking art are just some of the things April has in store for Beijing. Embrace the greatness of spring with these incredible things to do around town.

Read on to take a peek at our top picks of the best films, gigs, nightlife events and exhibitions to keep you busy all through the month. Make sure you also check back every now and then, we'll be regularly updating this blog as events get announced!

Things to do

EU-China International Literary Festival 2019

The fourth EU-China International Literary Festival will bring leading writers from all across the European Union to China in a celebration of books, writers and readers. European and Chinese writers will gather to showcase their combined wealth of literary talents, discuss their craft, and share ideas and experiences.

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UnTour Food Tours: Beijing Hutong Breakfast

Heard about Beijing’s hutong alleyways, but not sure what to do or where to go? Join UnTour Food Tours for breakfast and sample the most authentic and delicious snacks that are hiding in plain sight. Over the course of three hours, you’ll eat your way through China’s 5,000 years of culinary history, try new foods and gain an appreciation for the artisans making these handmade treats.

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Unspecified Venue Every Wednesday
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Nightlife

MTA Festival 2019

Critics' pick

Returning for another year, two-day music fiesta MTA Festival takes over Tianmo Desert this June, this time with local icons Higher Brothers, Re-Tros and Omnipotent Youth Society leading the charge. A desert rave featuring music, technology and art (that's what MTA stands for, in case you were curious), dedicated festivalgoers can also camp out for the entire duration.

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Tianmo Nature Scenic Area , Tianmo Huailai Zhangjiakou Hebei 29-30 Jun Buy tickets

Pete Herbert

Dance to the beats of UK based DJ and producer Pete Herbert. With a musical career spanning over two decades since he set up the infamous Atlas Records shop in Soho in the early 90s, DJ Pete has been playing on dance floors all across the world. Combining disco, balearic and house beats, Pete's music style is a vibe of its own. Party to his music on the top balcony of Guomao, for a great summer party time.

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Migas Mercado , 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie 28 Jun Free

Stage

Shanghai Ballet: The White-Haired Girl

The Shanghai Ballet was formally renamed in 1979 at the base of The White-haired Girl performing team. The White-haired Girl, which has been staged nearly 2000 times, won the Gold Medal at the Best Classical Dance Works of the 20th Century in China. Since its founding, the Shanghai Ballet has also seen many young dancers gain many awards in international dance competitions. The company not only tours nationwide, but regularly performs internationally both across Europe and Asia.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 25-26 Jun Buy tickets

The Wizard of Oz

Critics' pick

Celebrating the beloved 1930's film that saw a generation of young girls want sparkly red shoes (just us?), The Wizard of Oz musical heads to the Beijing stage with a cacophony of timeless songs, bright sets and much heel-clicking. Take a trip back down the yellow brick lane with Dorothy and all her friends in need.

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Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (天桥艺术中心) , Tianqiao Nandajie 26-28 Jun , 29-30 Jun Buy tickets

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