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The best things to do in Shanghai this June

The best nightlife, music, art, stage, film and more this month

Photograph: Steve McCurry courtesy Shanghai Center of Photography 
There is a whole heap of great things to do around town this month and we've conveniently listed our pick of them below. Because we're nice like that. From the FIFA World Cup to an EDM festival featuring Shaquille O’Neal for some reason, to ShanghaiPRIDE to a a literal brawl on The Bund, there's all sorts going on this month. Read on for the best that June has to offer.

Food & Drink

Around The World with Chef Danyi: Turkey

Critics' pick

Fly to Turkey and return the same night. Shake presents a four-course Turkish menu served with a curated playlist of Turkish funk, followed by live music and dancing. This is the third edition of rising chef Danyi Gao's monthly supper club, inspired by her travels to 32 countries and counting.

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Shake , 46 Maoming Nan Lu 22-23 Jun

The 10th Kerry Craft Beer Festival

Kerry Hotel Pudong celebrates the best of craft beer by bringing over 30 of the city’s beer brands and food vendors together for a two-day fiesta under the skies in the Kerry Parkside courtyard with over 200 craft beers from over 30 domestic and international breweries. Vendors include local gems such as Boxing Cat, Tomatito, Doc Guthrie's, and tons more.

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Kerry Parkside , 1378 Huamu Lu 30 Jun - 01 Jul

Music & Nightlife


Critics' pick

Luminescent Montreal-based post-punk, pop and experi-rock outfit Suuns make their Shanghai debut courtesy of Split Works.

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 22 Jun


A dark night of marauding techno lies in wait at Elevator as Misloop brings in a British producer with quite the live reputation.

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Elevator , 218 Xinle Lu 22 Jun

Upstream Gaze Vol 2

Critics' pick

This ‘noise and shoegaze and psychedelic’ festival has a great clutch of bands performing with bouncy Beijing rock act Birdstriking and Guangzhou’s hotly-tipped Meikadeer joined by Baihu and Kingdomofrain.

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Modern Sky Lab , 188 Ruihong Lu, near Tianhong Lu 22 Jun Buy tickets

Deniz Tek and Keith Streng

Deniz Tek, best known as the guitarist with '70s Australian punk act Radio Birdman, makes his China debut with The Fleshtones' Keith Streng as part of his band. In support are Round Eye (last show before they tour the US), Pinball City (last show ever), and DJ BO (probably not the last we see of him).

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Yuyintang , 851 Kaixuan Lu 23 Jun

Things to Do

Green Initiatives: The Abundance of Less

Critics' pick

Learn that less is more with Andy Couturier, author of The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan, the book tells the story of artists, philosophers, farmers as they describe the personal transformations they experienced as they escaped the 'stress, consumerism, busyness and dependence on technology of modern life.' Couturier will be on a China tour this June to address the issues of sustainability and consumerism.

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TBA 5-24 Jun

Where to watch the World Cup in Shanghai

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is here from June 14 through July 15. Here's where to find the Shanghai venues that will be broadcasting the World Cup matches live so you don't miss out on any of the sports excitement – no matter what time it is.

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Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. Reviews so far are good, though critical of how the movie can't stand well on its own without audiences who have watched every single Marvel film thus far.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 10 May - 26 Jun Buy tickets

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Yes, another Star Wars film, but this time it's a Western-style sci-fi spinoff focusing on the origins of fan-favourite puckish rogue Han Solo as he meets hairy sidekick Chewbacca and smooth criminal Lando Calrissian on 'a heist that anyone else would be insane to try'. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 25 May - 25 Jun Buy tickets

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

This big-budget prequel/sequel promises more heedless genetic manipulation and scarier dinosaurs. We’re okay with this, especially with Jeff Goldblum’s Dr Ian Malcolm back to explain the science stuff. On general release June 15.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 15 Jun - 15 Jul Buy tickets

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


Storage Memory

Critics' pick

Known for a preoccupation with mortality and remembering, French contemporary artist Christian Boltanski's retrospective at the PSA offers an overview of his prolific career. Through installation, video and shadow theatre, the exhibition displays a collection of everyday items to 'build an ...

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Power Station of Art , 200 Huayuangang Lu Every day except Monday

Everything & Nothing

Critics' pick

Shanghai's hottest, but not at all wettest, selfie scene of 2015 returns. That's right, it's 'Rain Room'created in 2012 and since then toured to art galleries across the world, and it never gets any less stunning and surreal.

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Yuz Museum , 35 Fenggu Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Simphiwe Ndzube: Waiting for Mulungu

Critics' pick

Artist Simphiwe Ndzube showcases the energy of Pantsula, a dance form originated in South Africa, through his sculptures and paintings at the Cc Foundation & Art Center. The contrast between the three dimensional sculptures and the two dimensional paintings surrounding the walls alludes viewers to the sensation of movement and dancers jumping out from the canvas, almost inviting their audience to participate in the dance.

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Cc Foundation & Art Center , 50 Moganshan Lu Every day except Monday Free

Double Take

SCoP exhibits the iconic work of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry, two photographers who changed photojournalism forever with the photo essay form. Exhibited photos will take you from the tenth-anniversary exhibition of the PRC in Beijing to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and beyond.

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Shanghai Center of Photography , 2555 Longteng Dadao Every day except Monday


An Iliad

Critics' pick

Don’t let the name fool you – An Iliad bears only a passing resemblance to Homer’s classic The Iliad. Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s critically acclaimed one-man stage adaptation ties the ancient with the modern by describing the first war to end all wars in colloquial language, but also by deftly linking the Trojan bloodbath to modern day brutalities. It'll teach you more about humanity than you ever wanted to know. 

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Shanghai Grand Theatre , 300 People's Avenue 22-23 Jun Buy tickets

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