Design Events in Shanghai: September

Hot Shanghai August came to an end, but it doesn’t mean that it’s getting any less vibrant or exciting in our beloved metropolis. September sees a lot of holidays – this weekend we have a new national holiday in Chinese calendar called Victory over Japan Day, later we celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival (means we eat hell lot of mooncakes!) and then we’re getting ready for the National Day on October 1st. Spend as much time as possible on fresh air when it’s still nice outside, but also consider intellectually simulating gallery escapade. With all these extra free days, there’s no excuse to neglect your self-development and some fun. Enjoy our monthly list of the most creative and inspiring events in the city and don’t forget to send us your feedback!

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What? HARDcANDY RUSH: High on Creativity
It’s a creativity fair running in Shanghai every weekend in September. With focus on unleashing the creative force of the residents of Shanghai, HARDcANDY invites everyone to participate in various workshops, DIY sessions, films screening and many, many more. Great occasion to meet and network, both with local and international creatives living in Shanghai.
When? Weekends – Sept. 4 – 5, Sept. 12 – 13, Sept. 19 – 20, 10am – late
Where? Inshop
1605 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu
Free? Yes!
More details: HARDcANDY RUSH

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Photo: Time Out Shanghai

What? West Bund Art and Design Fair
A very high profile and international art fair featuring works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Anthony Gormley and Yayoi Kasuma organized in the great space of the former aircraft factory by the river banks at West Bund. The fair, according to the organizers, is set “to break the boundary between art and design”. Highly recommended!
When? Sept. 8 – 13
Where? 2599 Longteng Dadao, near Fenggu Lu
Free? 60 RMB
More details: West Bund Art and Festival

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ClickZ Shanghai

What? ClickZ Live Shanghai
A global marketing event comes to Shanghai this September. Check out their extensive list of workshops and lectures aimed at improving your social media and digital marketing proficiency. Quite pricey though.
When? Sept. 8 – 10
Where? The Langham Xintiandi, 99 Madang Road, Xintiandi
Free? 599 – 999USD
More details: ClickZ Live Shanghai

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Furniture China 2015

What? Furniture China 2015
Organized for the 21 time in Shanghai by China National Furniture Association (CNFA), Furniture China 2015, is the biggest furniture fair aimed at promotion of finest Chinese furniture manufacturers. The exhibitions is divided into several cathegories like home furniture, office furniture, neo-classic / classic furniture, international brands, and more. Check the exhibitors list here.
When? Sept. 9 – 12
Where? 2345 Longyang Road, Pudong New Area
Free? Free before Sept. 6, after Sept. 6 it’s 50RMB

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Design of Designers

What? Design of Designers
Organized concurrently to China Furniture Expo, Design of Designers, first launched in 2012, is a big event dedicated to designers, design institutes and design firms to showcase their works, promoting original Chinese furniture. The list of exhibitors looks very promising!
When? Sept. 9 – 12
Where? 2345 Longyang Road, Pudong New Area
Free? Free before Sept. 4, after Sept. 4 it’s 50RMB

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Stay in Character

What? Stay In Character
Is an interesting event aimed at networking between film people. Film directors, producers, agents, screenwriters, production crew members, pros, and aspiring creatives are invited to this event. Dress code: Martial Art.
Do we have a next Bruce Lee somewhere over there?!
When? Sept. 10, 7pm until late
Where? Sweet & Sour
7/F, 698 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Qinghai Lu
Free? Yes!
More details: Smart Shanghai

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Photo: Jimmy Nelson

What? Photo Shanghai
The second edition of a very exciting photography exhibition. Strong representation of international photographers like David LaChapelle, book signing, lectures and some extra featured exhibitions from Gagosian Gallery (London, New York, Paris and five other cities), Camera Work from Berlin and Visionairs from Singapore.
Personally, we are waiting for Jimmy Nelson’s beautiful photographs from “Before They” series that will be brought to the Chinese audience by Atlas Gallery.
When? Sept. 11 – 13
Where? Shanghai Exhibition Centre, 1000 Yan’an Lu, near Tongren Lu
Free? from 80RMB (one day, early bird) to 230 (three days, on site)

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VECOOS Design Fair

What? VECOOS: Light Up Your 5 Senses
New design market on the map of Shanghai! VECOOS is a new app being developed currently in Shanghai (and soon in NYC and Paris!) which mission is to offer the most adapted content, shopping and service experiences to improve people’s life by presenting them with more sustainable lifestyles and the best of local cultures. Daily dose of inspiration guaranteed! VECOOS market will host beloved local brands such as LALU, Le Mini Macaron, Re-Kindled and many more! Moreover, expect 5 Senses Lab and delicious food (deals available).
When? Sept. 12
Where? 259 Jiashan Lu, Jiangou Xi Lu Jiashan Market
Free? Yes!
More details: VECOOS e-flyer

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Art and The City Festival

What? Art In The City Festival and Tours
Art in The City Festival is an annual event organized by Art In The City that is aimed to be a place of new discoveries and dedicated to curated solo shows and group exhibitions by emerging artists, showcased by galleries and independent art spaces, both new and established. The organizers mapped out seven different tours including visit to galleries like 1933 Contemporary, Gallery 55, 5art space, Alioth Art Center, Art+ Shanghai, Between Art Lab, EGG GALLERY, FQ Projects, Inna Art Space, Meta Gallery, Ren Space, Space Local, TA Plan, Tong Gallery+Projects, The Gallery, UNITED ART SPACE, and Zendai Gallery. Check their website for an awesome Art in the City Map and app!
When? Sept. 11 – 14
Where? Various locations across the city
Free? 120 – 399RMB depending on tour
More details: Art in The City Festival

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Long Museum

What? WANG Yuyang: Tonight I shall meditate on that which I am
The largest solo exhibition so far hosted by the Long Museum present various works of Wang Yuyang (and he’s only in this mid-thirties!) consisting of sculptures, installations, paintings and performances, and including one of his most famous 3 metre-wide installation that recreates the moon, or according to the artist, evidence of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module disintegrating upon landing or during the voyage home.
When? Until Sept. 16 (except Mondays)
Where? Long Museum West Bund, Lane 3398, Longteng Avenue
Free? 50RMB

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Chronus Art Center

What?  A work of The Dictionary series: Lettering
Not enough of Wang Yuyang? Good news, there’s another exhibition of this artist going on in Shanghai. A work of The Dictionary Series: Lettering is the fourth work of a series of parallel online projects under the theme of Folklore of the Cyber World.
When? Until Sept. 16
Where? Bldg 18,No.50 Moganshan Rd,Shanghai
Free? Yes!
More details: Chronus Art Center

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What? Yo’Hood
Yo’Hood is a trade show featuring designer brands and the latest fashion trends. according to Smart Shanghai “nearly 100 brands will be featured with a focus on apparel, but you’ll also see the likes of Bose, Beats, and others. Fashion shows and celebrity appearances are also expected”.
When? Sept. 19 – 20
Where? Shanghai Mart, 2299 Yan’an Xi Lu, near Gubei Lu
Free? Yes!
More details: Yo’Hood

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MoCA Shanghai

What? Patterns, So Much Fun
Shanghainese MoCA is presenting a project realised by the youth – continuously created patterns. With patterns of different genres, material, colors and creation, this exhibition aims to providing the children with an opportunity to learn the change and application of shapes, lines and colors. Meanwhile, with the combination of traditional elements and creative new media, different patterns made by different material or media will be presented, thus encouraging the children to think and create.
When? Until Sept. 20
Where? MoCA Shanghai, People’s Park, 231 Nanjing West Road
Free? 50RMB
More details: MoCA Shanghai

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Art Labor Gallery

Ying Yefu: So You Look Like You’ve Got What It Takes II
A really interesting paintings exhibition from Ying Yefu featuring kungfu and wuxia culture elements meeting contemporary events taking place in China.
When? Until Sept. 22
Where? Art Labor Gallery, 570 Yongjia Lu, near Yueyang Lu
Free? Yes!
More details:  Art Labor Gallery

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Xintiandi Design Fair

What? Design Fair: Dreams Flea Market
Who doesn’t like flea markets? Expect a flea market near Xintiandi site every Saturday this month!
When? Every Saturday, 12 – 8pm
Where? Along Ma Dang Rd at Xin Tian Di Style, No.245 Ma Dang Rd Shanghai
Free? Yes!
More details: DFM之九月原创集市 |Design Fair: Dreams Flea Market

What do you think about our September choice of ongoing design, art and culture events taking place in Shanghai?

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Originally written by Miriam Dabrowa, 02. September 2015. Last updated 18. May 2022

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