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2018 Summer Chess Camp, Jul 23-28
All ages. Prepare for five days of fun and activities to hone your kid’s abstract mathematical abilities as well as chess skills! Beijing Chess Academy (BCA) is an elite chess institution for chess beginners in Beijing. Their instructor also holds an internationally recognized FIDE Instructor Title from International Chess Federation so that your child can get their first moves right! No prior knowledge is required. All ages welcome. Detailed curriculum upon inquiry. RMB 2,550 (five days including printed course materials, chess-themed body arts, and a chess set). Scan the QR code on the poster for more details. French Institute, Gongti Xilu.
Movie Making Summer Camp, Jul 23-27
Kids 8+. The SLab and Green T. House team up for this fun summer movie making camp. Each week, students will learn different filmmaking techniques, write screenplays, act, direct and film a short film and work independently and in teams. The camp is suitable for kids 8+ and no prior experience is necessary. RMB 2,888 per week, lunch included. For more information, scan the QR code on the poster. 11am-4pm. The SLab
Good Enough Parenting, Jul 25
Adults. An introductory workshop based on the Good Enough Parenting (GEP) program will be held at The Bookworm on July 25. GEP uses evidence-based strategies built on Schema Therapy, founded by Dr. Jeffrey Young, that teaches parents, carers, and educators how to meet core emotional needs and develop positive thinking patterns in children. This workshop will introduce the full GEP course that consists of a further four sessions of training, with each one focusing on meeting one of the four core emotional needs. RMB 100 (book a seat here). 6.30-8.30pm. The Bookworm.
Art Fair at the Peninsula Hotel, Jul 26
All ages. The Peninsula Hotel displays art by artists from within China and around the world creating a dialogue on art in the age of mass production and mass consumption. See art from top galleries around Beijing at this small but mighty art fair to be held at the hotel on July 26. Free admission (visit this page for more info). 10am. Peninsula Hotel.
Scenic Tunnel – An Exploration of the Beijing Subway, Jul 26
Children 12+. Leng Yue and Xiaoxiao’s long-term project “Teleport Beijing” is exploring the relationship of the body and Beijing through a gymnastic system based on the Beijing subway. They invited urban travelers with different routines, to dance their daily route. The gymnastic routine was then layered with visual recordings of each participant’s daily life. The city is expanding in high speed and commuting has become an important part of urban life while representing urban development, real estate speculation, disconnected capitalist social structures and its influence on the urban citizens. Free admission (visit this page for more info). 11am-5pm. I: Project Space, Banqiao Hutong.
Theatre for Kids: Hans Christian Andersen Life’s a Fairytale at the NCPA, Jul 26-29
All ages. As part of the NCPA International Theatre Festival 2018/NCPA International Children’s Drama Festival 2018, the NCPA presents the Hans Christian Andersen Life’s a Fairytale. Suitable for families, this theatre production brings classic Andersen fairy tales to life on the stage: The Nightingale, The Unwise Hans, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, Little Match Girl, and The Ugly Duckling. RMB 100-580 (buy tickets here). 7.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts.
‘Midnight in Peking’ Walking Tour, Jul 28
Adults. Paul French’s New York Times bestselling murder mystery, Midnight in Peking captured imaginations across the world when it was released. Now, with the help of historian Lars Ulrick Thom, Bespoke brings 1930s Peking back to life through a walking tour like no other. As night falls, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the victim’s father, ETC Werner, as he frantically searched for his daughter, and learn about the shady characters implicated in her killing. RMB 388 (buy tickets here). 6.30-9.30pm. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
National Theatre Live: The Leading Man Returns, Jul 28, Aug 4/18
All ages. Following the Sing and Dance series, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) presents screenings of four National Theatre Live productions in July and August. Hamlet features Benedict Cumberbatch as the protagonist of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has been hailed by The Times as “a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle.” The great playwright Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in the dark and passionate tale A View from the Bridge. The London National Theatre calls the National Theatre’s production of the Follies “not only a triumph but a transcendence.” RMB 120, RMB 200 per ticket package (buy tickets here). 2-10pm. UCCA.
Swiss Food Festival @ SwissôTel Beijing, Jul 30-Aug 4
All ages. Swissôtel Beijing is hosting a Swiss Food Festival from July 30 to August 3 as part of special events, local tributes and other festive celebrations throughout the month of August to mark Swiss National Day on August 1. Swiss cuisine bears witness to many regional influences, including from French, German and Italian cuisines and also features many dishes specific to Switzerland. RMB 248 (lunch), RMB 298 (dinner). 11.30am-9.30pm. Café Swiss. (6553 2288–2127)
Learn Chinese for Free: A BECC Event at the Bookworm Sanlitun, every Mon until Jul 30
Adults. The Beijing Expat Chinese Club (BECC) is a community for expats in Beijing to learn Chinese, share different culture, and practice Chinese calligraphy. All levels of Chinese language learners are welcome and it is FREE! The session starts with a brief self-introduction for new members, and continues with studying one Chinese character each time. Each participant is expected to share how he/she understands the character and how it is used in everyday life or at the workplace. The organizer will also lead further discussions on related idioms and stories. Chinese writing brush is offered to practice calligraphy during the event. Free admission. 8-9pm. The Bookworm.
Photos: Courtesy of Swissôtel Beijing (featured photo) and other event organizers