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The best things to do in Shanghai this September

Here are all the brilliant events happening this month

Image: Miao Xiaochun, Samsara. 2009-2011, video still. Courtesy of Video Bureau Archive (Beijing)
There's a whole heap of great things to do around Shanghai this month and we've conveniently listed our pick of them below. Because we're nice like that. From pop divas Dua Lipa and Jessie J coming to town to the return of SIP Cocktail Festival, and former SNL star Dean Edwards doing his thing at KFK to the latest edition of Concrete & Grass, there's all sorts going down this month. Read on for the best that September has to offer.

Food & Drink

Shake's Tribute to The Kings of Soul

Shake pays tribute to eight kings who changed music history forever. Singer REDIC, Tony Hall, and Courtney Knott join SHAKE's six-piece band for a night of music by James Brown, Luther Vandross, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Otis Reading, and Ray Charles.

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Shake , 46 Maoming Nan Lu 21-22 Sep , 28-29 Sep

Sunday Folks Pop-up

Ten ice cream flavours inspired by food from Asia will be on rotation (some of which have never debuted in Singapore) – Kaya Toast as a tribute to Singapore's traditional breakfast, Mango Steamed Glutinous Rice from Thailand and Akai Miso from Japan, just to name a few. All-time best-sellers Earl Grey Flower Tea and Gula Melaka are also set to feature.

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Jingan Kerry Centre , 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu 15 Aug - 15 Oct

Things to Do

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. The exhibition also continues on the 94th floor to see the Castle in the Sky 8 metre air ship replica.

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

The Egg House

The egg-themed pop-up that was a hit in New York City is now hatching in Shanghai. Filled with interactive installations and Instagrammable exhibits, this dreamscape is the weirdly wonderful imagined home of Ellis the egg. This pop-up will be open for three-months from Sunday, 22 July to Thursday, 18 October on the third floor of Joy City, North Wing.

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Joy City , 166 Xizang Bei Lu 22 Jul - 18 Oct


Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Actor Tom Cruise and Director Christopher McQuarrie are back with another Mission Impossible. This time, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team find themselves wanted by assassins and in a race against time. Be prepared for more death-defying stunts and Cruise jumping out of planes.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 31 Aug - 03 Oct Buy tickets


Ever wondered what The Revenant would be like as a feel-good movie for dog lovers? Set in the Ice Age, a boy separated from his tribe befriends a wolf as he fights to survive the elements.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 07 Sep - 06 Oct Buy tickets

Ash Is Purest White

Top Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke’s still got it, it seems. His latest effort, a story of troubled romance that deftly winds its way through the last 20 years of change and modernisation in China, was chosen to compete for the Palme d’Or in May.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 21 Sep - 12 Oct


Acclaimed Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is back with the formula that made him famous – with a heavily stylised martial arts period drama set during China's Three Kingdoms era and somehow involving doppelgangers. The film stars Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai and Guan Xiaotong.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 30 Sep - 13 Oct


Interstices by Dubravka Vidović

ArtCN hosts Dubravka Vidović’s third solo exhibition in Shanghai. Expect unique reflections on urban culture from her photo and video installations, influenced by her background working and exhibiting in Croatia and Italy as well as China.

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ARTCN Gallery , 876 Jiangsu Lu Every day except Monday

Maya Kramer: Decoy

American artist and Shanghai resident Maya Kramer explores the discord between humans and nature with this exhibition of sculpture work. Her surreal installations are all made with pollutants such as detergent, coal and acid.

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Capsule Gallery , Lane 275 Anfu Lu Every day except Monday Free

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

Expect wit, wordplay and absurdity from British artist David Shrigley’s premiere solo exhibition. A selection of his signature sculptures and installations will be on display, including a replica of acclaimed ‘Really Good’, a surrealist sculpture of a thumbs-up.

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu 08 Sep - 14 Nov Free

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