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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.

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

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

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

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