10 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, May 13, 2019

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May 15: The Royal Concept 

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The Scandinavian pop band brings their addictive combination of new wave synths and dance music, which has a knack for producing the soundtracks of summer. Catch them at Tango this Wednesday night. In the meantime, read up on the group in our interview from last year.

Wed May 15, 8.30pm; Tango, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

May 16: Yahyel

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Yahyel are known for their gritty and futuristic sounds that evoke a crumbling urban landscape. Taking inspiration from 1988 cyberpunk film Akira, they bring their unique dystopian vision to Beijing this week. 

Thu May 16, 8.30pm; RMB180 (presale), RMB220 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

May 16: The Last of the Mohicans

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The heartrending hymn to the The Last of the Mohicans, from the film of the same name, is the signature tune of Peru-born musician Alexandro Querevalú. Having emigrated to Poland at the age of 18, he has since made a global name for himself playing a variety of indigenous instruments. 

Thu May 16, 7.30pm; RMB180-RMB330; Art Center of the National Library, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

May 16-19: The Vakhtangov Theater Presents Eugene Onegin 

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Rimas Tomenen’s adaption of Pushkin’s mammoth novel to the stage only focuses on a segment of the work – that is Tatyana’s love for Onegin. It is enough to fill an entire performance, even if it is only part of what has been termed “an encyclopedia of Russian life.” Staged between the past and present, it aims to capture the nostalgic melancholy of the Russian mindset. 

Thu May 16-Sun May 19, 7.30pm; RMB480; Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, see event listing

May 17: iri

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Japanese pop vocalist iri lands in Beijing with a show at Omni Space this week. After winning Nylon Japan and Sony Music's JAM audition in 2014, the singer-songwriter went on to release her first full-length album Groove It in 2016. Don't miss her R&B-influenced pop jams at Omni Space.

Fri May 17, 8.30pm; RMB150 (presale), RMB200 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

May 18: Timber Timbre

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Canadian outfit Timber Timbre are bringing their psychedelic folk to the capital. With six successful albums under their belt, the quartet has had their songs featured in various TV shows such as Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black. Catch their gig at MAO Livehouse this weekend.

Sat May 18, 8.30pm; RMB120 (presale), RMB150 (door); MAO Livehouse, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

May 18: Game of Thrones Music Concert

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Acclaimed conductor Zhengyu Zhu’s interpretation of the Game of Thrones TV series music is sure to bring all the happy and brutal memories back as the final season begins to draw to a close. A touching swan song to all the dead protagonists, mourned or otherwise. Check out all the places you can watch the final season in Beijing right here.

Sat May 18, 7.30pm; RMB342-522; Rulun Lecture Hall of Renmin University, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

May 18 & 19: WISE x Reeperbahn Festival

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WISE teams up with Reeperbahn Festival, held annually in Hamburg, Germany to bring the big event to the mainland. In addition to a music conference, there will be two showcases as part of the festival’s Beijing installation, featuring Chengdu’s post-punk darlings The Hormones, rap oddity Lows0n, among budding international acts like the Nick Cave-esque German import Jungstötter and London-based electronic project Chagall.

Conference: Sat May 18, 10am-5pm & Sun May 19, 10.30am-4pm; free entry; Festival: Sat May 18, 6.30-11pm & Sun May 19, 5-10pm; RMB260 (one day), RMB420 (two days); Danish Cultural Center at 798 Art Zone, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

May 18 & 19: Great Wall Festival 

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Great Wall Festival is back after its 2018 success, this time with a lineup including sets from techno royalty like Ben Klock, Marcel Dettman and Dave Clarke, as well as home-grown talents such as Diva Li. This is your chance to take part in the world’s most ambitious techno festival, taking place over two days in the shadow of one of the seven modern wonders of the world. 

Sat May 18 & Sun May 19, 1-11pm; RMB100-3200; Mutianyu Great Wall, see event listing. For more info and tickets, visit greatwallfestival.com. Buy tickets here.

May 19: Run to the Beat Marathon 

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Running and techno beats were really made to go together – monotonous yet enthralling activities with an inexorable sense of forward propulsion. This year, you can take part in a half-marathon, 10km or 5km run around the Ming Tomb Lake with your progress soundtracked by seven music stations of live DJs. 

Sun May 19, 8am; RMB268 for half-marathon, RMB238 for 10km, RMB198 for 5km;Ming Tombs Reservoir, see event listing


Have an event to list? Head here to list your upcoming event. We’ll choose the best new additions to feature on next week’s edition of ‘What's On in Beijing.' Not sure where to start? Here's a full guide on how to list your upcoming events on our website.

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