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Your forecast of the week's best events

Another week, another excellent round of events going down in Beijing. We're also heading into the Labour Day holiday this weekend, so whether you're planning on getting out of the city or prefer to stay in Beijing, there's plenty to keep you occupied.

Tuesday

Isle of Dogs

Critics' pick

If Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox was a joyful slice of whimsy, his latest foray into stop-motion creature features is a more complex beast. Set in a near-future Japan, it's a dystopian, fitfully funny tale in which crusading young people take on a corrupt establishment – with dogs.

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Cinemas around Beijing 20 Apr - 25 May Buy tickets

Olafur Eliasson: The unspeakable openness of things

Critics' pick

A retrospective of Olafur Eliasson's most iconic works, The unspeakable openness of things is the revered Icelandic-Danish artist's first solo show in Beijing. Encompassing Red Brick Museum's eight exhibition halls, visitors will journey through a series of large-scale immersive installations which playfully explore light, mist, geometry and illusion.

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Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum , Shunbai Lu Every day except Monday

Wednesday

Philharmonix

Critics' pick

This all-star ensemble brings together members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, plus an Austrian pianist and an improvising and singing violinist for a heady cocktail of classical, folk, jazz and even pop. Seven world-class musicians who are finally playing the kind of repertoire one would never see on the playbill of their legendary orchestras.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 25 Apr Buy tickets

Thursday

Friday

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

Critics' pick

Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley's Irish dance tour de force, set a record-breaking run of 21 consecutive shows at London's Wembley Arena back in 1998. Arriving in Beijing this week, watch the fancy-footed dancers perform their latest thrilling production Dangerous Games.

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Beijing Exhibition Center , 135 Xizhimenwai Dajie 27 Apr - 01 May Buy tickets

Romain Collin

Described by NPR as 'a visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world', and touted by The Boston Globe as being 'among the leading lights of a new breed of jazz players', Romain Collin combines the tradition of improvisation with sound design and classical music.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 27-28 Apr Buy tickets

Saturday

Neighborhood Earth

Critics' pick

Using images provided from NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, visitors to Neighborhood Earth can view a 30-minute film that gives visitors an in-depth, 360-degree look at the solar system, as well as interact with hands-on, educational exhibits including a life-size International Space Station.

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Indigo , 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Critics' pick

Fans of Studio Ghibli animated features will enjoy Mary and the Witch's Flower, directed by former Studio Ghibli animator Hirosama Yonebayashi, who worked on Spirited Away and other projects under director Hayao Miyazaki. Mary, based on the novel The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, is a fun and imaginative adventure filled with breathtaking animation.

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Cinemas around Beijing 28 Apr Buy tickets

Adesse Versions

Critics' pick

House music don Kevin Gorman, aka Adesse Versions, has a style that's best described as raw and timeless, with a rough cut-and-paste approach to sampling and an uplifting undercurrent to classic house music. His complex beats, mixed with soaring house euphoria, tease the desirability of the dance floor.

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Dada , 206 Gulou Dong Dajie (below Temple Bar) 28 Apr

School Bar Eight-Year Anniversary

Critics' pick

This year, music institution School Bar marks eight massive years of music, drinking, absurdity and late nights. This evening should be no different, with rock 'n' rollers Three Kings and Taiyuan making the trek up from Shanghai, where they'll be joined by Xinjiang band A Li Pu and house band Candy Monster.

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School Live Bar , 53 Wudaoying Hutong 28 Apr

Sunday

Beijing Strawberry Festival 2018

Critics' pick

Three days, seven stages, over 100 music acts. Modern Sky's Strawberry Festival returns to Beijing with another three-day bonanza of live music and outdoor revelry after being unceremoniously cancelled last year. Headliners include Alt-J, Habibi, Liars, Casino Demon, Re-TROS and more.

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Yuyang Ski Resort (渔阳国际滑雪场) , 688 Dawangwucun 29 Apr - 01 May Buy tickets

National Ballet of China: Swan Lake

Critics' pick

For the past five decades, the National Ballet of China has introduced numerous outstanding classical and contemporary ballet works to Chinese audiences, while also placing great importance on combining classical ballets with Chinese culture. This is China’s favourite ballet done by its best company.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 29 Apr - 01 May Buy tickets

Chad Valley

Critics' pick

The acclaimed UK songwriter, who writes swoony electro-pop with a pulsing, danceable core, is set to be conjuring up warm dreamscapes at Dada this week. Fans of Yumi Zouma, Half Waif, Neon Indian and Toro y Moi: this is your jam.

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Dada , 206 Gulou Dong Dajie (below Temple Bar) 29 Apr

Johnny O'Neal

Critics' pick

Johnny O'Neal, born in 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, is a neo-bop jazz pianist and vocalist. A member of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, his playing ranges from the technically virtuosic to the smoothest of ballad interpretations with influences such as Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 29-30 Apr Buy tickets

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