Living in shanghai isn’t all people in pyjamas, dogs in clothes and motorbike Jenga as my recent blog posts allude to. There is also culture and creativity around every corner if you're willing to look. Thankfully with plenty of free publications like that's shanghai and city weekend, you don't have to look far.
Now the summer is truly here shanghai creatives are emerging from their cosy studios and setting up shop at the many design events around.
First stop DAFF (Design Art Fashion Fair) which this year took place at Wharf 1846 promenade, shanghai, right near the Bund so there was a welcome breeze from the summer sun.
There were lots of stands selling their wears from fashion to clocks, there was a central catwalk with shows throughout the evening, DJ’s and an art competition too. Plus the event was sponsored by Tiger beer, so cheap beers topped off the evening.
a great location right on the Bund.
The Best sausage in China!
Some found the fashion show more interesting than others.
I love these Flouro Vans.
Some up-cycled biscuit tins from Jonas Design.
some cool cushion raindrops from Cheng Cheng.
I really love these Frankenstein brooches made from all sorts, so wrong they’re right.
Then the following week Central studios had a weekend market, with vintage fashion, food and table tennis.
DIY Jewellery, great idea. when I asked her if she had a card (so i could promote her on here) she said ‘no it’s just for fun’, so cool!
Time for a quick game between shopping and eating?
And finally the week was topped off with the sublime 'What the Butler Saw'a minimal ensemble cast and crew from all over the world from the UK to Canada.
It was a great 3 day production by TBC PRODUCTIONS and received several (scripted and intended) laughs and a round of applause and much deserved encore at the end. To find out more I formation about future productions 'like' their Facebook page.
With lots of promotion on many of the Shanghai websites and magazines, the venue was packed every night, here people are waiting on standby.
Ooooh the excitement builds as the curtain goes up.
The cast taking their bow and much deserved adulation.
Congratulations to Owen, Emily, Farah, Ben, Paul, Luke, Bryan, Daniella and Fern.
The creativity doesn't end here my creative shanghai partner in crime Paul has surpassed himself and managed to win 2 free tickets to this weekends TED lectures in Shanghai, score!