Yang attributes his inspiration for the event to his experiences on Shanghai Rush. “The show whisked us to lots of places all over Shanghai. It opened my eyes to what was happening beyond the average restaurant and bar in the French Concession.” Yang hopes the event will be more than just a mouthpiece for Shanghai’s burgeoning creative industries.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Wokai, connecting China’s rural poor with small loans from donors world-wide.
Tomorrow’s event at 5 on the Bund starts at 7pm and will feature food and art from local and international artists. They include Phat Huynh, Hsuan-Ying Chen, Pan Fan, Zareen Khan, Zhou Hao and Monique Lai.
On her first visit to Shanghai, Lai displays ‘Rêvant des Revolutions’. Born in Jamaica, Lai describes her work as a journey, recently moving from Brooklyn, New York to Hong Kong. Lai comments: “for me it is not really the destination, but sometimes the people you meet along the way that become an important part of my journey.”