The best things to do in Shanghai this July

Summer is officially here, guys, and it's hot

Photograph: Yu Zhiming (Daniel Arsham: Perpetual Present)
Summer is officially here, guys, and it's hot. We're talking about all the great events rolling through town this month. We've got Daniel Arsham's interactive new exhibition at HOW Museum, the live action reboot of The Lion King (which hits Shanghai cinemas on Friday 12, a full week before the rest of the world), and loads of pop-ups, parties and relaunches in the food scene. Here are our top picks for July.

Eating and Drinking

Rosé Sunset

Party in pink at the sister event of The Flying Winemaker’s annual fest Rosé Revolution (which will also be turning up to town in September). For this warm-up of sorts, it’s all about the party vibes and all the rosé. Expect DJs, dancing and excellent rooftop sunset views of the Lujiazui skyline.

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Music and Nightlife

The Browning & Four Five Live in Shanghai

The Browning could very well be heavy music’s answer to the Terminator. Just as everybody’s favourite cyborg hid an exoskeleton under a sheath of skin, the Kansas City quartet thinly veils a hard rock edge beneath a casing of skittering electronic dance music, hip-hop grime, metallic brutality and industrial expanse. That signature style is back in a big way on its third full-length album and first for Spinefarm Records, Isolation.

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American Independence Day Party at The Pearl

Party like it's 1776 with this US Independence Day party, complete with hot dogs, burgers and wings and cheap deals on margaritas, beers and house pours. Featuring an all-night live band playing American rock and pop, with everything from the Eagles to Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga. The first 50 people to arrive get a free beer. Happy hour from 6-8pm.

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Art

Summer Dream

The exhibition shows two artists' modern representation of beauty in ancient China. Wang Qifeng's free-flowing ink-wash brushstrokes call for co-existence with nature while Yan Xiaoqian's inspiration comes from China’s earliest collection of poems, Book of Songs, which she considers the most vivid representation of the ancient aesthetic ideals.

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Noeli Gallery , 150 Yueyang Lu Every day except Monday Free

Yoshitaka Amano: Fantasy in Daylight

The creator behind Speed RacerG-Force and video game franchise Final Fantasy, Yoshitaka Amano's Fantasy in Daylight shows nearly 200 original paintings, dozens of newly created drawings, animated films and a Shanghai Girl series that he created exclusively for the exhibition.

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Giovanni Ozzola and Yang Fudong

Expect Giovanni Ozzola’s simplistic yet highly emotional photographs and video projects along with Yang Fudong’s video installation work 'Push the Door Softly and Walk in, or Just Stay Standing Where You are'.

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Fosun Foundation Art Center , 600 Zhongshan Dong'er Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Daniel Arsham: Perpetual Present

New York-based artist Daniel Arsham's Perpetual Present has larger-than-life sculptures and an archeological dig site, sprinkled with everyday objects like cellphones, instrumentments and radios, getting viewers to consider what the people who'll discover the objects in 1,000 years might think. 

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Tatsuo Miyajima: Being Coming

Meditative and philosophical, Tatsuo Miyajima is one of the most representative contemporary artists from Japan and famous for making art with electric circuits. This exhibition takes a look at his career since the ‘80s.

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Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum , 210 Wenshui Lu Every day except Monday

Stage

Moscow State LM. Lavrovsky Ballet: Gala

Founded in 1993, the non-profit Moscow State LM. Lavrovsky Ballet has taught and graduated over 250 ballerinas. This month, it'll be performing a slew of short ballet pieces as part of its gala event. The programme line-up includes iconic pieces like Swan Lake and Eugene Onegin, among others.

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Kneehigh Theatre: Dead Dog in a Suitcase

Based on The Beggar’s Opera, John Gay’s classic musical satire Dead Dog in a Suitcase tells a story in which Mayor Goodman and his dog have been assassinated after which the killer escapes and gets married. Bursting with wit, Kneehigh’s cast of actor-musicians shoot, hoot and shimmy their way through this twisted morality tale.

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