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The best things to do in Shanghai this April

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

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 F1 to international EDM, to al fresco jazz to worldclass comedy, read on for the best that April has to offer.

Food & Drink

Monthly Vegan Brunch at Glam

Critics' pick

Glam is hosting an all vegan, all gluten-free brunch the first Sunday of every month. Make up for your weekend sins, support the environment and treat your body right with an invigorating, healthy and guilt-free meal.

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Glam , 20 Guangdong Lu The First Sunday of every month


Critics' pick

Shanghai's homegrown food festival is back bigger and better than ever – this year's theme is 'Future of Food' and will feature ten of Shanghai's rising chef stars, as well as up-and-coming bartenders, futurist programming and more. All on the fourth floor rooftop garden of HKRI Taikoo Hui....

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HKRI Taikoo Hui , 789 Nanjing Xi Lu 29 Apr , 30 Apr

Shanghai Supperclub

Critics' pick

Shanghai Supperclub is back with a preview deluxe dining experience at a new luxury hotel in the heart of Jingan. Limited seats – keep an eye out for more details coming soon.

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TBA 28 Apr

Music & Nightlife

JZ Spring 2018

The JZ empire's mostly-free Jingan jazz fest – held to celebrate International Jazz Day – returns with shows in and around Jingan Park and the various shopping malls that surround it.

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Jingan Park , 1649 Nanjing Xi Lu 30 Apr - 02 May Buy tickets
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Things to Do

Unravel: Human Nature

Hit live storytelling series Unravel is back, this time with an Earth Day special at URBN Hotel. See ordinary people from across the city tell stories from their real lives, loosely linked to the topic of 'Human Nature.'

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URBN Hotel Shanghai , 183 Jiaozhou Lu 26 Apr Buy tickets


Knife in the Clear Water

Knife in the Clear Water

Knife in the Clear Water (清水里的刀子) is an art-house film that offers an unvarnished view into Muslim Hui minority life in the arid moonscape of China's Ningxia province. The film, lacking any music, poetically evokes humanity's relationship to religion and the land they inhabit and has won several awards at independent film festivals.

On general release.



Annihilation is already on Netflix, but here's your chance to see it on the big screen in China. In the film, a team of scientists goes on a secret expedition into a disaster zone that defies the law of nature. Director Alex Garland, hot off his critically acclaimed Ex Machina, delivers a trippy sci-fi thriller with meditative and mysterious ambience, starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac and others.

On general release April 13.

Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

An ensemble cast (Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum) voices very good boys (dogs) helping a Japanese boy find his lost good boy. With director Wes Anderson doing his usual auteur thing, this movie will ooze his signature tone of playful wit blurred with straight-faced drama and sentimentality. The stop-motion animation will definitely tip the scales towards the former.

On general release April 20.

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Fans of Studio Ghibli animated features will enjoy Mary and the Witch's Flower, the debut work of former Studio Ghibli animator Hirosama Yonebayashi, who worked on Spirited Away and other projects under director Hayao Miyazaki. Mary, based on the novel The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, is a fun and imaginative adventure filled with breathtaking animation.

On general release April 28.


A Long View

With her banquet camera, Lois Conner has been creating remarkable landscapes of China since the 1980s. Her wide perspectives, captured with a camera that looks like an accordion perched on a tripod, cover cities, natural landscapes and lotus flowers. See a far-reaching retrospective of her work at the Shanghai Center of Photography.

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

Roma 1950-1965 at Prada Rong Zhai, Shanghai

Critics' pick

ROMA 1950-1965 is a post Second World War contemporary art exhibition curated by Germano Celant. The exhibition is focused on works that were inspired by the need for an artistic expression after the devastation of war. It tells the story of how the art scene in Italy built itself from artist Mario Ballocco in 1950 and eventually formed a community of artists, intellectuals, directors, scriptwriters, producers and more.

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Prada Rong Zhai , No. 186 Shaanxi Bei Lu Every Friday,Saturday , Every Tue,Wed,Thu,Sun

Erwin Olaf: Shanghai 2017

At first glance, Shanghai 2017, the latest exhibition of Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf, doesn't seem to have much to do with 2017. The staging of his pictures evokes the '20s, or the '30s. But this is Olaf's favourite trick: to recreate an imaginary past in order to accommodate his contemporary vision.

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Magda Danysz Gallery , 256 Beijing Dong Lu Every day except Sunday , Every Sunday

Betty Woodman: The House and the Universe

The pieces presented this spring at K11 come from the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where Woodman had a retrospective in 2006. It was the first time the Met held a solo exhibition of a living female artist.

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K11 Art Mall , 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu 18 Mar - 18 Jun
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