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BSB Secondary Soiree, Jun 7
All ages. British School Beijing, Shunyi (BSB, Shunyi) will be hosting an evening of creative arts, showcasing a delightful mix of art and music presented by their secondary students. Stunning pieces of artwork will be displayed in the foyer. A musical program will include a vast range of music and talent. A drinks and canapes reception will be hosted at 6pm. Free. 6-8.30pm. BSB Shunyi. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 8047 3588).
Keystone Spring Music Celebration, Jun 8 and Jun 9
All ages. Grade 6, 7, and 8 students will perform on Thursday, June 8 at 7pm in the Performing Arts Theater featuring a guest performance by Yin Yue Orchestra. Grade 9, 10, and 11 students will perform on Friday, June 9 at 7pm in the Performing Arts Theater featuring a guest performance by Yin Yue and Keystone Orchestras together with the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Choir. Free. Starts 7pm. Keystone Academy Performing Arts Center.
Women in Leadership: Mentor Walks Asia, Jun 9
Adults. Mentor Walks Asia in Beijing will bring together established and emerging women leaders in the community for a morning walk to discuss professional and personal successes, challenges, and aspirations. This event aims to provide women in the workplace a platform to share their experience and help them progress in their careers. Free. 7.45-9am. Ritan Park. (email@example.com, 8525 1111 ext. 371).
UK Election Results Live, Jun 9
All ages. British Nationals in Beijing– we invite you to the British Ambassador to China’s Residence Gardens to watch the BBC broadcast of the results from the UK General Elections as they come through. Guests are invited to bring a rug. Registration is obligatory. For more information click here. Free. 8am-11am. British Ambassador’s Residence.
Hyde Boarding School Information Event, Jun 10
Ages 10+ Representatives from top boarding schools, and third parties such as Vericant, will provide parents and students with the information they need to make informed decisions about their boarding school selection and provide insight on a range of topics such as school life abroad, adapting to new environments, application processes, and the types of support available to them. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register call 8046 7085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. 10am-3.30pm. Hyde Academy.
OASIS Hospital Summer Family Party, Jun 10
All ages. This free event for kids and families features fun events for kids, including a water fight, a scavenger hunt, a bubble party and other fun summer events. Bring a bathing suit, towels, and a bag for your cellphone, and be prepared to get wet and have fun! For more information or to register click here. Free. 10am-6pm. OASIS International Hospital.
South African Food Festival, Jun 5
All ages. South Africa will arrive in Beijing in the form of a special food festival at Village Café happening for a limited time. South Africa’s popular Chef Zola Nene will work in concert with Village Café’s Chef Hubert and his team to bring about an unforgettable culinary experience. Available for lunch and dinner, guests may reserve seats by calling or emailing Village Café with the contact info at the end of this post. Prices vary. 11am-10.30pm. Opposite House. (6410 5210, email@example.com).
Six Thinking Hats, Jun 5
Adults. AmCham will host a Chinese-language seminar on the Six Thinking Hats system. Designed by Edward de Bono, this system helps develop group discussion and individual thinking, helping participants to hold critical meetings without ego, avoid easy but mediocre decisions and reduce conflicts. For more information or to register click here. RMB 1,500 (non-members), RMB 1,100 (members). 8.45am-5pm. The American Chamber of Commerce.
Easy Mandarin’s Public Spoken Chinese Class, Jun 6
All ages. Easy Mandarin will be hosting their public spoken Chinese class this coming Tuesday. The total price is RMB 40 per person, but you can get a discount by sharing their poster to your WeChat moments. Participants can also get a 50% discount for themselves and a friend if they bring that friend along with them to class. RMB 40. 2pm-2.50pm. Easy Mandarin.
Beijing Runway, Jun 6
Ages 9+. Beijing City International School will be hosting its first Beijing Runway event. Student designers from across the Beijing international school community are invited to share their unique and extraordinary garments and walk the runway in a celebration of fashion, creativity, innovation, and design. RMB 40. 7-9pm. Beijing City International School. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 8771 7171).
Art Therapy Studio, Jun 7
Ages 10+. The art therapy studio is a weekly space where participants can explore their creative potential in a safe environment, free from criticism. The main purpose of the studio is to help participants develop self-awareness and increase self-esteem through creative projects. RMB 100. 7pm-8pm. 789 Art District, Friendship Building, 3rd Floor.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Jun 8
Adults. This Chinese-language course is based on the best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and will familiarize participants with the most important theories of modern management and how to apply them to your work in China. The session will focus on self-management, your team, and a larger organization. For more information click here. RMB 6,100 (members), RMB 6,500 (non-members). 8.45am05pm. Beijing Kerry Center.
Life Coach: Make Better Decisions in a Fast-Paced Environment, Jun 8
Adults. Life coach Shane Yan comes to Glo to help participants make better decisions. Instead of the usual tricks for decision-making (pro/cons lists), he’ll help participants understand their own preferences and go through the decision-making process with ease. Signing up includes the English-language session, free snacks and a free class voucher to use later at Glo. For more information click here. RMB 128 (members), RMB 148 (non-members). 7.30pm-9.30pm. Glo Kitchen + Fitness.
Outdoor BBQ Funday, Jun 10
All ages. Enjoy the sunshine at Dulwich College as the Australian and British communities clash in a thrilling 20-20 Cricket Match while grabbing a ‘snag off the barbie’, a delicious snack from a local vendor, or a cold beer or soft drink. There will be supervised activities for kids throughout the day. RSVP by emailing email@example.com. RMB 20 (child), RMB 50 (adult), RMB 100 (a family of 3), RMB 110 (a family of four). 11am-4.30pm. Dongfeng International Sports Park.
National Theatre Live at UCCA, Jun 10
Ages 10+ “National Theatre Live” is jointly staged by the National Theatre of China and the Royal National Theater. This month, UCCA will bring back two titles from the screening series—Coriolanus and Hamlet—for a second showing, together with the new screening series, “New Classic,” which includes Man and Superman, The Deep Blue Sea, The Threepenny Opera, and One Man, Two Guvnors. Tickets can be purchased here. Ticket package (includes 2 tickets): RMB 200 per adult, RMB 160 for UCCA members; Single ticket: RMB 120 per adult, RMB 80 for UCCA members. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).
The Harvard Krokodiloes 2017 in Beijing, Jun 10
Ages 10+ Ivy Education Group is set to end the school year on a high note by hosting Harvard University’s most prestigious a cappella group “The Krokodiloes”. Tickets can be booked online here. The night is sure to be full of classic American hits and more. RMB 80 to RMB 100. Sanlitun CHAO Hotel. (firstname.lastname@example.org, hotline: 400 610 3721, 1010 3721).
Acro Yoga, Jun 11
Adults. Acro-Yoga is the combination of yoga, inversions, therapeutic and acrobatic flying! Come learn to trust and play with your enthusiasm and smiles. No prior knowledge or partner is required. Open to all levels and ages. The golden rule: “If you are having fun, it is right”. Classes are taught in English. RMB 100. 4.30pm-6pm. Flow Creative. (Wechat ID: JustineShanti).
Yunmeng Gorge Swim and Picnic, Jun 11
All ages. Head to Yunmeng Gorge for a hike-and-swim combo. The sandy beaches and pools of water in Yunmeng Gorge make it an ideal place to picnic and swim. The group will walk up the gorge, find a spot to settle their things, and either take a dip in the water or follow guides for a longer hike up into the hills. RMB 380 (non-members), RMB 340 (members). 8am-5.30pm. Beijing Hikers. (email@example.com, 6432 2786).
Best of Next Week
Aidi School Summer Charity Music Concert, Jun 12
All ages. Students at the Aidi School will show off their talents at the Aidi School Summer Charity Concert this month. Proceeds from the sales of tickets will be donated to the Beijing Dandelion School, a school for children of migrant works, who need support for their music education. Register here. RMB 380, RMB 280, and RMB 180. 7pm 9pm. Poly Theatre. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 8439 2266-8897).
ReNuMe Mind and Body Transformation Program, Jun 12
Adults. Transform your body and detoxify your mind with the ReNuMe mind and body program exclusively at Ms. Uptown Studio. The program includes: weight loss classes with personal trainer, yoga and meditation sessions, 3 in depth ReNu workshops, candle lit meditation class, and more! RMB 3,000 (early bird), RMB 3,300 (normal price). 7pm-8pm. MsUptown. (WeChat: uptownyoga).
Learn to Play Majiang at the Sinology Institute, Jun 17
Ages 10+ Students can learn to play Majiang like pros at the Sinology Institute. Participants will not only learn a new, fun game, they will also learn about Chinese culture along the way. RSVP required. Free. 1.30pm-3.30pm. Sinology Institute. (email@example.com, 6400 0905).
Zen Retreat with Ms. Uptown, Jun 17 to Jun 18
Adults. Ms. Uptown will be hosting a Zen Retreat on the Great Wall. Price includes accommodation at Kungfu zen, transportation, food (include BBQ, French style picnic with wine at Great Wall), and various activities including hiking, picnic with wine, yoga, silent meditation, and a site visit to the secret anti-gravity portion of the wall. RMB 800 (first 10 to register), RMB 950 (normal price). 7am-4.30pm. The Great Wall.
YCIS Beijing Student Charity Dinner, Jun 18
All ages. The Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) students will be hosting a charity dinner at the Taj Restaurant. The night will consist of a five-course meal, an extensive variety of high-quality auctions, and a number of performances from YCIS Beijing’s talented students. All funds raised through the night will go towards the Dew Drops Little Flower charity, which provides medical and financial support to local Chinese orphans. RMB 246. Starts at 6pm. Taj Pavilion. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 13718384938).
Hike Down the White River, Jun 18
All ages. The group will cross the river multiple times, passing the outskirts of small villages in an area that’s a bit quieter, featuring fewer cars and more goats. Note: If the river level is raised because of rain the group may not be able to hike. Plans will be solidified the week before the hike. RMB 380 (non-members), RMB 340 RMB (members), RMB 200 (kids under 12). 8am-5.30pm. Beijing Hikers. (email@example.com, 6432-2786).
Father’s Day at Brickyard Lodge, Jun 18
All ages. Dads deserve something special, too. Go for a family hike or climb the Great Wall at Mutianyu and then treat the Dad in your family to a lip-smacking free meal. Dads accompanied by at least one of their children may enjoy a complimentary lunch. Free for Fathers. 12pm-7pm. The Brickyard Inn and Retreat Center at Mutianyu Great Wall.
Survival Camp, Jun 19
Ages 7 to 18. Through making fires, building rafts, crossing rivers, and making traps Survival Camp will show participants what nature has to offer. All classes are taught by BSA-qualified (Bushcraft and Survival Association) guides with many years of experience leading survival camps abroad. RMB 750 RMB per day (normal price), RMB 650 per day (sign up two weeks before start), RMB 650 per day (3 kids). 8am-4.45pm. Huairou. (WeChat: Imagine24x7Service, 010 57394933).
David Hockney Workshop, Jun 19
Ages 5+. Students can discover contemporary painting with Atelier’s journey through David Hockney’s oeuvre. This year Hockney has two major retrospectives in London and Paris to celebrate his work. From the villas of Los Angeles to the countryside in Great Britain, get inspired by his landscapes, his experimental photography work, his iPad monumental paintings, and the harmony of his vivid palette. RMB 1,800 per week. 10am-noon (ages 5 to 8), 1.30pm-4pm (ages 9+). Atelier.