The best things to do in Shanghai this November

So many things to do this season yet so little time...

Photograph: courtesy Secret Cinema
It's November, which means we're properly into autumn. Like, properly into it, guys. We're talking leaf-peeping in the park, wearing extra layers and warming up with hot pot. You know how autumn goes... As well as the usual seasonal goings-on, there's also a lot of great events going down around town.


The Farewell

Based on the personal story of writer and director Lulu Wang, this bittersweet and maturely witty family drama tells the story of Billi (played by the amazing Awkwafina), a young American-born Chinese whose family decides not to tell her grandmother that she has cancer. Poignant and sometimes funny, the film brilliantly captures the cultural differences between the East and the West.

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The Shape of Time: Highlights of the Centre Pompidou Collection

Kickstarting a five-year collaboration between Paris's Centre Pompidou and the West Bund Museum, the 18-month opening exhibition The Shape of Time: Highlights of the Centre Pompidou Collection offers up a comprehensive introduction to contemporary and modern art history through more than 100 masterpieces from the world's major artists including Duchamp, Picasso, Kandinsky, Miro, Beuys, Ding Yi, Cai Guoqiang and Li Yongbin.

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Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum , 2600 Longteng Dadao Every day except Monday

The Birth of Beaux-Arts

From Baroque art in the 17th century to Rococo in the 18th and from Neoclassical art after the Enlightenment to Romanticism under the reign of Napoleon, this new exhibition features over 80 masterpieces from the collection of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, most of which will be exhibited for the first time in China.

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Shanghai Museum , 201 People's Avenue Every day except Monday

Wild Metropolis

Curated by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Zhen, this edgy exhibition brings together international contemporary artists, musicians and designers under the unifying theme 'borderless' with a total of 40 artworks including installations, behavioural art, video art, media art, digital art and experimental music.

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Powerlong Museum , 3055 Caobao Road Every day except Monday

Three Souls Seven Spirits

Drawing inspiration from both Chinese calligraphy and German romanticism, the new exhibition at Minsheng Art Museum, titled Three Souls Seven Spirits (the seance of the human soul in Daoism), showcases 20 groups of works, including paintings, installations and video projects of Foshan-born artist Yang Jiechang. Highly spiritual and unapologetically romantic, Yang tries to reach an equilibrium between the two art forms.

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


Hanoch Levin: The Child Dreams

Written in 1986 and premiered at Habima – Israel National Theater in 1993, The Child Dreams is considered by many to be one of the most poetic texts to be put on the Israeli stage. The play follows the journey of one mother and her child to find asylum after an army killed the father and forced them into exile. 

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