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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Rosé Revolution, Kinky Boots, Plug Fest, World Cup Final and more

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It's Monday again and we're sorry about that. However, there's no need to get down, as there's a lot of great stuff to look forward to this week in Shanghai. It's the semi-finals and final of the World Cup, Plug Fest brings some of the country's best rappers to town, Kinky Boots hits Shanghai Culture Square, everything is set to get rosy at Rosé Revolution, funny man Theo Von is over from the States for two shows and of course there's the super kawaii Studio Ghibli exhibition at Shanghai World Financial Centre. Read on for our picks of the best things to do.

Things to do

World Cup semis and final

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is coming to a close with the semis on Tuesday 18 (France vs Belgium) and Wednesday 19 (England vs Croatia) before the final on Sunday 15. Is it coming home? If you know, you know...

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World of Ghibli

Critics' pick

The World of Ghibli in China opened their first ever mainland exhibit on Sunday (1 Jul) at the World Financial Center. This year for Studio Ghibli marks the 30th anniversary to one of their most successful films, My Neighbor Totoro. The exhibit features the Catbus from Totoro, presented as a plush, life-sized replica, a half-scale recreation of Satsuki and Mei’s house and a life sized Totoro.

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Shanghai World Financial Centre (SWFC) , 100 Century Avenue 01 Jul - 07 Oct Buy tickets


Animal World

Director Han Yan's off-the-wall sci-fi/action adventure sees desperate debt-laden protagonist Zheng Kaisi embark on a gaming cruise ship outside the rule of international law, where the winner takes all and losers pay the highest price. The trailer looks action-packed, complete with creatures, a clown and rock-paper-scissors… Starring Yi Feng Li, Dongyu Zhou and Michael Douglas.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 29 Jun - 29 Jul

Dying to Survive

This slick Chinese noir comedy loosely adapts the true story of a cancer patient who peddled imported medication in China – think Dallas Buyer's Club, without the moustaches and Texas twangs, in the backstreets of Shanghai.

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Incredibles 2

The original is Pixar’s finest moment (save it, Toy Story partisans), and with the whole cast and director Brad Bird returning, we have no reason to lose faith.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 22 Jun - 22 Jul Buy tickets


Wavelength: Reset

Powerlong Museum and CUBE Consulting Group Inc. have come together to present a three-months-long contemporary art exhibition, Wavelength: Reset. The exhibition will feature more than 100 sets of artworks from 40 artists around the world, ranging from paintings to new media to fashion.

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Powerlong Museum , 3055 Caobao Road 08 Jul - 08 Oct

Construction of Reality

More than 30 pieces from Argentine conceptual artist Leandro Erlich, including his iconic mind-bending installations, will be on display at HOW Art Museum. Erlich is known for deftly subverting everyday objects and spaces on a large-scale to examine our relationship with the constructs we build around us.

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HOW Art Museum , Lane 2277 Zuchongzhi Road Every day except Monday


Critics' pick

Lin Tianmiao, known for video works and fabric sculptures about the female body, presents Systems at Rockbund Art Museum. The exhibition features two large-scale installations and a series of sculptures about, well, systems made of connected things forming a complex whole. Also featured are Tianmiao's iconic fabric sculptures 'Day-Dreamer' and 'High!!!'.

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Rockbund Art Museum , 20 Huqiu Lu Every day except Monday


Kinky Boots

Critics' pick

Fabulously sassy, uplifting and ever so kinky, this Tony Award-winning musical is based on true events. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots tells the story of a struggling Northampton shoe factory. It follows the factory owner Charlie Price whose chance encounter with drag queen Lola inspires a production line of sexy heels for transvestites that helps save the family business.

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SAIC·Shanghai Culture Square , 36 Yongjia Lu 11 Jul - 05 Aug Buy tickets