Here’s a list of family friendly events for Saturday, May 23 – here’s hoping the weather holds!
The EU Extravaganza 2009
Organized by the Delegation of the European Commission to China, this two-day outdoor festival celebrates European culture, music and cuisine from 27 EU Member States. RMB 5. 10am-6pm. Chaoyang Park Fireworks Square. Visit www.eu-in-china.com/extravaganza.htm for more details.
Suresnes, Dancing City
The Theatre de Suresnes Jean Vilar asked five contemporary choreographers to create dance pieces based on hip-hop. The choreographers created teams and, drawing from the form of expression represented by hip-hop, blended it with their poetry and dramaturgy. Dubbed in French with English and Chinese subtitles. RMB 20, RMB 10 (students).
5pm (May 22), 7.30pm (May 23). French Cultural Centre (6553 2627)
2009 Rynostock Music Festival
A benefit concert for the HEARTS ARE SURE program, which helps Chinese orphans secure foster homes in China. With more than 20 bands on two stages (including local mainstays No Name Trio, Woodie Allan and Black Cat Bone), ranging from chill-out gypsy jazz to bouncing blues. A minimum of RMB 20 at the door.
1pm. The Pomegranate (8046 2558）
Mime: Mummenschanz 3×11
Founded in 1972, the Mumenschanz troupe, whose name means masquerade, works entirely in mime. The highlight is their amazing use of masks, as well as three-dimensional sculptural heads. For tickets, call 5165 0798 ex 15. 7.30pm. PLA Song and Dance Theater (8322 0726)
Archeological Temple Discovery Hiking
Hike up the mountain for an outdoor adventure and visit the ruins of the centuries-old Gridha Kuta Buddhist Temple, which was burned down during WWII. RMB 290 (20% off for children under 16). 8.30am-7pm. Ninety Percent Travel (reserve at 151 1791 6648 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) www.90percenttravel.com
Booktalk: The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
Don’t make this little girl cross – she’s got a magic finger! ESL teacher Doris Delgado-Novicio reads aloud the classic Roald Dahl children’s story about a little girl who made her teacher sprout whiskers and a tail simply by pointing at her. Free. 3.30-4.40pm. Garden Books. 44 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District. (6585 1435)
BSB Summer Fair
This year’s theme is Knights of the Round Table. Activities include games, a raffle, food, stalls, entertainment and much more. 9am-4.30pm. The British School of Beijing, Shunyi Campus, www.britishschool.org.cn/
WAB Rock in the Park
WAB rocks the Peace Park with an all-star line-up of student bands. Free. 3-9pm. For details, e-mail email@example.com. WAB Peace Park. http://lianxi.wab.edu
Ivy Bilingual School Open Day
Parents and pre-schoolers are invited to take part in learning activities. Talk to teachers, have your child participate in a typical class, and meet other parents. Free. 2-5pm. For details, call 8446 7287 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Ivy Bilingual School, Ocean Express Campus, Building E.