Beijing Design Week is officially underway. The event is a platform for up and coming designers to show their skills and crafts. There is a large representation from the creatives in Beijing; you will find everything from fashion to installations being exhibited. For more information about Beijing Design Week, you can find more information at their website: http://www.bjdw.org
Every year in Beijing the Swedes call upon each other and throw a wild party that few remembered, but many experience!
Midsummer, the period of time around the summer solstice, is a time where countries all around Europe celebrate the longest day of the year. Although this festival does have its roots in pre-Christian solstice celebration, each nation has its own unique customs on how they celebrate this occasion. In Sweden, with the summer solstice just weeks from the country’s national day, it makes it the most important holiday of the year apart from Christmas.
It is accustomed in Sweden that day is filled with joyful dancing around a maypole. People wear traditional folk costumes; eat the fresh foods of the season; and dance to the jolly melodies of Swedish folk music. Drinking is a major part of this feast, and many drinking songs are sung by the heavy drinkers. The time of midsummer was also considered a time of magic, and anything to do with nature was thought to have special powers. People gathered wild flowers to weave into wreaths and crowns, capturing the essence of nature’s magic, ensuring good health throughout the year.
June 14, 2012 in Events
The 3rd annual Intro festival was held last month. The venue this year was not as good as it’s predecessors, but it was still a good time. This years venue took place at a run down carnival area about an one hour outside of Beijing. The beginning of the music festival was a little slow, but as more and more people arrive the party became quite awesome.
Our day started as made our trek from Dongzhimen to the local April Gourmet so that we could stock up on drinks & food for our journey to the venue. Since we had a pretty large group this year, we had to take a couple of taxis over to the 798 art district and then transfer onto a bus. For some reason the venue was changed at the last minute, which I was kind of bummed about because the original Intro Festival Venue was pretty awesome. After about a 45 minute bus ride, we arrived at the festival. It was pretty empty in the beginning of the party because I think people were kind of confused of the last minutes changes that were made.
At around 5:00pm the venue was packed full of people. It was a pretty awesome party minus the limit on alcohol being served. For some reason it was impossible to buy any beer or drinks. They were limited the consumption that took place this year. Good thing I was prepared!
As the night developed, there was an awesome light show that took place. We ended up leaving early because we ran out of drinks and everybody got kind of bored.
I would highly recommend anyone going to the party next year to be 100% prepared before arriving!
May 22, 2012 in Events
Last Saturday, Sarah and I went to a swap that HomeShop organized. HomeShop has a great infrastructure, for those of you who are looking to rent creative work space by the day. You can find them here:
Jiaodaokou Beiertiao, Dongcheng District
We took our unwanted stuff to the swap and traded them for new treasures!
We are hosting a recycled fashion show the beginning of August. The purpose of our event is to bring awareness about the importance of design when dealing with waste. We hope to demonstrate that with a high level of creativity, garments can be made to the highest level of design using waste materials. All proceeds from this event (fashion show- after party), will go to the library project which builds libraries for poor communities in China.
Chris and I are Beijing Rotaract members. We have participated in various projects since last fall. This time around we volunteered at the Art/Jamming Event. Crystal Lo did an awesome job organizing an event at Peking Fine Arts. The purpose of the event was to allow participants to produce their own pieces of art while enjoying a night out. Sponsors at the event included: The Wine republic, The Little Gold Book, Pekin Fine Arts, and My China Opportunity.
All proceeds of this event went to Shelterbox. Shelterbox is an organization that provides emergency supplies during times of disaster. If you would like more information about Beijing Rotaract & the events they hold, you may visit them here.