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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

A meditation marathon, Shanghai SantaCon, Matilda the Musical and more...

Image: courtesy Humankind Production (Green Drinks)
It's crazy to think that 2020 is only a few weeks away, but let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. In the third to last week of 2019, there's plenty of events to keep you busy in Shanghai. We've got a totally free all-day meditation event, a cheese-filled dinner party and an amazing group exhibition that will challenge your idea about photography.

Things to Do

Mirage.M Christmas Vintage Market

Mirage M, Shanghai Artisans, The Fun Factory and Kart and Space are putting together a Christmas celebration while collecting funds and making wishes come true. Make a Wish Shanghai will use the funds to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. 

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Cool Docks , 505 Zhongshan Nan Lu 14 Dec

Clothing Drive at The Rooster

Dig up your old clothes (in good, wearable condition) and swing by The Rooster this Friday through Sunday to donate your clothes to The Renewal Center. Stop by anytime after 3.30pm, donate your clothes and enjoy a free pint of Vedett for your good deed.

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The Rooster, Jingan , 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu 13-15 Dec Free

The sixth Meditation Marathon

The sixth Meditation Marathon invites you to meditate at The Clinic, with two rooms available throughout the day: the Stillness Room (Shiva) and Movement Room (Shakti). The Stillness Room lets anyone do meditation in whatever style they prefer, unguided, with breaks in between the 45-minute sessions, while the Movement Room will have guided classes and activities. Children over seven may join the guided meditation classes.

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The Clinic , 118 Jiashan Rd 15 Dec Free

Boomi Summit: Sustainability in Fashion

Boomi welcomes four entrepreneurs who will make you rethink sustainability in the fashion industry: Stephanie Lawson, founder of Zodiac-active; Paul Iglesia, spaceship diver from NADA, Miao Wang, Founder of in Sharks We Trust and Natasha Ivanchoff, founder of Missy Skins. During the summit, there will be bites to eat and showcases on local sustainable fashion brands and second-hand sellers. Savvy Exchanger will also be hosting a swap for both kids and adults during the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

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theDesk , 457 Jumen Lu 15 Dec

M Talks China: Zhang Lijia 'Three Generations of Women in My Family'

Writer Zhang Lijia will give a talk on her novel, in which she portrays three women in one family whose lives illustrate the changing roles of women in China. Apart from the book reading, she'll also lead a discussion on the challenges facing women today and how the market-economy has undermined gender inequality, which contributes to the massive growth of China’s underground sex industry, a theme she explores in her debut novel, Lotus.

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M Glam , 20 Guangdong Lu 15 Dec

#NoMoreSecrets: a Panel Talk on Female Menstrual Health

Join a panel of leaders in the fields of female health, sustainability and gender equality. You’ll see how driving conversations specifically around menstrual health can advance attitudes towards women and tackle mass scale plastic waste caused by the feminine care industry.

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M Glam , 20 Guangdong Lu 15 Dec

Human: Green Drinks December Film Screening

Green Initiatives' last film screening of the year and its 112th documentary screening, Human is a 2015 documentary by French environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The film is almost entirely composed of exclusive aerial footage and first-person stories told into the camera.

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Haworth Organic Space , 1788 Nanjing Xi Lu 12 Dec

Eating & Drinking

Cheesus Christ

Austin Hu of Heritage by Madison and Michael Wendling of Cuivre team up to celebrate their mutual love of cheese for a special one-off, four-hands dinner. Five courses with matching wine for 588RMB per person (398RMB without pairing). 'All I'm saying is it ain't light' reads the menu teaser – go ready to pack in some intense cheesiness. Bookings essential.

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Heritage by Madison , 600 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu 12 Dec

Miracle in 1515

Miracle in 1515 is a pop-up Christmas cocktail bar jointly created by Jingan Shangri-La, West Shanghai and KerryOn. Try out its home-made eggnog and season specials such as Santa’s Stash and the Tipsy Snowman, and of course the must-haves at Christmas: hot chocolate and spiced mules. Pop in for a relaxing evening as it lasts till 1am.

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1515 West Bar , 1218 Yanan Zhong Lu 7-22 Dec

Music & Nightlife

Shake 2019 Wrapped: The Megashow

The Neptunes tribute, the gospel show, that Outkast tribute… for one weekend only, SHAKE's band brings back the music from its biggest concerts of 2019. Expect jams from these shows and lots more funk, soul and R&B. Dinner from 6pm, live music from 10.30pm. Dress code: Maoming Lu suits vs Jinxian Lu streetwear.

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Shake , 46 Maoming Nan Lu 12-14 Dec


Ad Astra

Set in the near future where human life is threatened by power surges, emotionally detached Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is tasked to go on a mission to Mars in search of his missing father and famed astronaut H Clifford McBride. Through the journey in space met with many challenges, he will discover secrets that question humanity's existence.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 06 Dec - 06 Jan

Jumanji: The Next Level

The crew returns in the third instalment of Jumanji, but everything is different from what they expected. Watch them challenge themselves as they explore unknown parts of the Jumanji world, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains as they sought to rescue their friend and escape the world's most dangerous game.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 06 Dec - 06 Jan


Peer to Peer

Originally exhibited at Open Eye Gallery in conjunction with St George’s Hall Liverpool as part of the LOOK Photo Biennial, the exhibition asks 14 influential figures in the field of photography in China and the UK to nominate 14 artists whose works deal with a range of topics, from fluctuating attitudes towards Bitcoin to the rampant accumulation of plastics. 

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


Roald Dahl's Matilda: The Musical

Critics' pick

There are still a few (and we mean, a few) tickets going for Tim Minchin's 'wickedly good story of a schoolgirl genius' (says Time Out London), Matilda the Musical. Making its Shanghai debut from this week, the gifted autodidact at the centre of Roald Dahl's 1988 novel comes to life in this musical coproduced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Shanghai Culture Square , No. 597 Fuxing Zhong Lu (复兴中路597号) Huangpu Shanghai Shanghai 12 Dec Buy tickets

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