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The best things to do in Beijing this week

Your weekly guide to amazing events around Beijing

Happy Monday, Beijing! With music, films and parties galore, it's shaping up to be another great week. Read on for our top picks.

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.

Things to do

Africa Week 2019

Kicking off this Friday with contemporary African art exhibition Art Afrik, Africa Week returns to Beijing after its wildly successful debut last year. Organised by Beijing-based social enterprise Kente & Silk, this year's festival features another fantastic programme of events celebrating and promoting African culture and achievements in China.

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Live With Less

Critics' pick

This Saturday, hang out with the community while giving away what you don't need anymore and taking what you do. Any clothing, accessories, bags, shoes, household items, book and children's things in good condition can be bought along, with giving and taking not needing to be equal.

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National Art Museum of China , 1 Wusi Dajie 25 May Free

Beijing Horticultural Expo

Critics' pick

Officially taking up the mantle of the world's largest-ever gardening show, the Beijing Horticultural Expo kicked off today (Mon 29) out in Yanqing district. Working off the slogan 'Live Green, Live Better', the expo is reportedly China's largest international event since the 2008 Olympics and features a staggering array of plants, pavilions and interactive exhibits.

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Unspecified Venue 29 Apr - 07 Oct
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Music

Rye Music Festival

Critics' pick

Rye Music Festival is back at it again, bringing another round of stellar international and local artists including Scottish shoegazers The Jesus and Mary Chain, Aussie duo Angus and Julia Stone (pictured) and Taiwanese pop stars Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai. 

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Changyang Music Theme Park 25-26 May Buy tickets

Joyce Jonathan

Critics' pick

With several China tours under her belt, as well as her ability to sing in both French and Chinese, 29-year-old singer-songwriter Joyce Jonathan has already developed a sizeable Chinese following. She's now five albums in and her sound has been compared to Tracy Chapman though, to us, she sounds more like a French Katie Melua.

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MAO Livehouse Wukesong , 69 Fuxing Lu 26 May Buy tickets

Nightlife

Francois X

Critics' pick

François Xavier-Zoumenou, aka François X, is a DJ and musician from Paris who's forged his position as an artist of note in the world of electronic music, characterised by his love for warm, earthy compositions. François' own label DEMENT3D (noted by Resident Advisor as a key cog in the French ...

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Lantern 25 May

Film

Aladdin

Critics' pick

Disney brings Aladdin to a whole new world in this live adaptation, with Will Smith attempting to fill the very big shoes left behind by Robin Williams. For those of you already familiar with the animation, Aladdin should tread some pretty familiar ground (but we'll nevertheless still be catching it in cinemas).

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Cinemas around Beijing 24 May - 24 Jun

Vegan film screening: A Plastic Ocean

Critics' pick

Touted by Sir David Attenborough as 'the most important film of our time', A Plastic Ocean follows journalist Craig Leeson, free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers as they travel to 20 locations around the world over the course of four years, exploring the fragile state of our oceans and uncovering alarming truths about plastic pollution. 

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Camera Stylo , 64 Dongsishiyitiao 25 May

A Dog's Journey

Critics' pick

Beloved dog Bailey from A Dog's Purpose returns in this sentimental sequel. Voiced once again by Josh Gad, the loyal dog lives on the Michigan farm of his 'boy' Ethan, his wife Hannah and their granddaughter CJ. But CJ's mom decides to leave with her and, as Bailey's soul prepares to depart for the next one, he makes a promise to Ethan to protect CJ no matter what. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 17 May - 22 Jun

Stage

Christoph Eschenbach and China NCPA Orchestra

Critics' pick

Christoph Eschenbach, former Music Director of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, leads the China NCPA Orchestra and guest flautist Stathis Karapanos in a programme of Mendelssohn, Bach and Ibert this Saturday.

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

Art

Leila Alaoui: Ya Rayah

Critics' pick

French-Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui used her photographs and videos to explore identity, diversity and migration. For the first exhibition of her works in China, Galleria Continua presents Ya Rayah, the title deriving its meaning from the Algerian song of the same name, translated as 'O, you ...

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Galleria Continua (常青画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

Wu Shanzhuan: Today Became a Holiday

Critics' pick

Today Became a Holiday is a constellation with more than 200 paintings, from Hamburg, Reykjavik and Shanghai, that have arrived in Beijing over the course of seven shipments. The concept of logistics as a working method has been used throughout Wu's artistic practice, beginning with the 1989 piece Big Business (Selling Shrimps) right up till now.

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Long March Space , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu 06 May - 13 Oct Free
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