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The best things to do in Shanghai this week

Get stuck into the biggest and best things to do over the next seven days

Photograph: courtesy Say Yes Asia (Say Yes Fifth Year Anniversary)
Don't let your mood get dampened by the downpours – as ever, there's a whole lot to do in Shanghai this week. Head down to ALL club and celebrate Say Yes' fifth birthday, join the creators and cast of Mamahuhu for the premiere screening of their latest short film, get your flamingo floaties ready for a pool carnival at Radisson Blu Forest Manor and much more.

Things to Do

Block Printing Workshop

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Learn about block printing with Make in China this Sunday. One of the oldest types of print-making, this three-hour workshop will verse you on transferring an image and then making your own hand-carved rubber stamps. You can put your beautiful handmade designs on anything from stationary or customised project bags. Materials are all provided as well as sweets and drinks. Spots are limited. Click here to book.

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Make in China , 169 Jiashan Lu 12 Jul

Hack 4 Future

Calling all developers, designers, educators and interested parties. Green Space is hosting a unique open 'hackathon' event. Set up as a competition between teams, the aim of the event is to develop a platform about sustainability education. While the 'hackathon' session takes place, mentoring and help will be provided by in-house and visiting mentors. The winning team will receive a weekend getaway as the prize. Click here for more info and to register.

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Agora Space , 1199 Panyu Lu 11 Jul , 12 Jul

Mentor Walks July

Take in some fresh air and wisdom on this hour-long walk with Mentor Walks. Bringing together women from all backgrounds, Mentor Walks enables emerging female leaders to walk and talk with established mentors who offer advice, perspective and feedback. Space is limited and granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To RSVP and register for July's walk, click here.

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Jingan Park , 1649 Nanjing Xi Lu 10 Jul

DKNSTRKT Drag Workshop: Props + Posing

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Learn how to make props for any performance and pose like you own the runway at DKNSTRKT's free introductory workshop led by three Shanghai drag performers Erica Assdika, Mitch Bitchpleaser and Lady N. Gentlemen. Open to people of any gender, prop-making materials will be provided but they also encourage you to bring your own materials for anything you want to create on the day as well as costume items such as high-heeled shoes, hats, wigs, etc. This workshop involves movement so non-restrictive clothing is required. Register here.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu 11 Jul Free

Food & Drink

RAC BBQ Dinner

Critics' pick

Join RAC this Monday and Tuesday for a barbecue dinner. Expect barbecue staples like hot dogs alongside Iberico pork ribs, Boston lobster, marinated chicken thigh and beef bavette. Wash it down with RAC's excellent selection of natural wines.

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RAC Coffee , 322 Anfu Lu 6-7 Jul

Watermelon Weekender

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The Rooster teams up with Jing-A Brewing Co this Thursday through Sunday for a special release of Jing-A's Beijing Bikini watermelon wheat. There'll be a watermelon-eating contest on Saturday at 4pm (sign up at The Rooster from Thursday night) and three other Jing-A beers on throughout the whole event for 40RMB a pint.

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The Rooster, Jingan , 455 Shaanxi Bei Lu 9-12 Jul

Aperol Spritz Brunch

Charcohol is celebrating summertime vibes with a special deal on Aperol Spritz. Get two for 100RMB or five for 198RMB from 11.30am to 4.30pm this Saturday. The deal alongside brunch, which is 168RMB for two dishes.

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Charcohol , 245 Maoming Bei Lu 11 Jul

Miércoles Calientes: Burgers & Booze

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CU2+ and Cuivre's Mike Wendling lands at Tomatito for a night of burger madness. Choose from four different burgers (50RMB each), like a Mike on the Beach with a beef patty, sundried tomato, goat cheese, lettuce and fresh basil or Mike's Delicatessen with homemade pastrami, French sour cabbage, Emmental cheese and yellow mustard. Twists on classic cocktails will be available for 55RMB each. Reserve at 6259 8671.

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Tomatito , 168 Hubin Lu 08 Jul

Music & Nightlife

Eating Music Family Night

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Get on your feet and join the mid-week party at Elevator on Thursday night for Eating Music Family Night. Line up includes Cocoonics, Latenine6, Voision XI and Ollo-Mam.

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Elevator , 265 Nandan Dong Lu 09 Jul

Say Yes Fifth Year Anniversary

Critics' pick

For the last five years, party collective and event promoter group Say Yes have been bringing international and local DJ's and artists to Shanghai's nightclubs. Celebrate their anniversary at ALL with a mega lineup including Knopha, Chuan, Mice + Sunshine Cow, XIIMAGE, NINI, RunDown and NoffX.

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ALL , 17 Xiangyang Bei Lu 11 Jul

The Colour in Your Eyes Special Party

Critics' pick

Capping off the first season of The Colour in Your Eyes photography event series, its organiser Time After Time is throwing a special party. The audience will have the opportunity to meet all the participating artists from the past ten weeks and enjoy performances featuring conceptual artist Jared Mimm and Sherry Huang (9pm), multimedia performer Steo Le Panda (10pm), followed by DJ Lobito whose playlist ranges from house and techno to UK bass and hip hop.

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1900LOFT , 465 Dingxi Lu 10 Jul

Aqua Fiesta Pool Carnival

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Soak up the summer vibes as Space Panda takes over Radisson Blu Forest Manor's sprawling outdoor area (complete with sand, palm trees and an enormous pool) for an all-day pool party. Expect food and drinks, beach games, arts and crafts, body art and a stellar lineup of music from Tommy P, Costin, Tys, Glef-G, Marcos Godoy, Cuer J, Lucy Wang, Edison Chen, Gigi Lee, Lina K, Rainbow Gao and Boris Background. Tickets and tables must be purchased in advance, no availability at the door.

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Film

Watermark: Green Initiatives Film Screening

Watermark is a feature documentary from filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, making their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. Film screening will be followed by a short presentation by Zhou Lei from Oriental Danology Institute and Dr Luke Long at Stantec. Click here to buy tickets.

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On Air Space , 174 Xietu Dong Lu 09 Jul

Mamahuhu Pres A Short Film Screening and Q&A

Critics' pick

Share laughs and popcorn with friends, writers and actors from cross-cultural comedy group Mamahuhu. The group will present their film, a post-pandemic love story about a lonely expat. For any curious viewers, a brief Q&A will follow. Tickets are available here which include popcorn and two drink tokens.

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Real Shanghai , 429 Yanan Xi Lu 11 Jul , 11 Jul , 12 Jul , 12 Jul

Art

Wandering

Galerie Dumonteil Shanghai presents a solo exhibition of French artist Wensen Qi (Vincent Cazeneuve) who is known for his material-based works and most famously, ultra-simplistic lacquer art that puts traditional art form in the contemporary discourse. His works often depict the nature within the aesthetical context, celebrating and contemplating the essence of nature and the circle of life.

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Galerie Dumonteil , 199 Hengshan Lu Every day except Monday

We Could Become Buddhas Without Having to Work Too Hard and Get Very Tired

Would you find peace and zen in a post-human digital world? Gallery 55’s latest exhibition of the Beijing-based artist Zhao Bang attempts to answer that question. The show presents Zhao's newly completed digital drawings (socialism propaganda on the Google map of a New York street, anyone?). After dropping out of China Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou in 2012, Zhao has been creating works that explore the relationship between everyday objects, art systems and the current interface of digital life.

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Gallery 55 , 50 Moganshan Lu Every day except Monday Free

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