Frexh Shanghai

Eugenia Yuan Fine Art Photography

Tonight at 8pm at Mao Livehouse marks the launch of Frexh, a two-day event combining music, fashion, food and art. The name Frexh, pronounced “Fresh,” is meant to evoke the Chinese word for fresh, xinxian.

Organized by Brian Yang, the project began as a simple idea. To bring New York-based band, Paperdoll, to Shanghai, that grew into a two-day extravaganza. Kelly Lee of the Boxing Cat Brewery and Cantina Agave fame joins the team bringing a slew of local restaurants into the mix.

Global Times

Shanghai

By Tom Mangione

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.
Eugenia Yuan Fine Art Photography

Wokai Benefit

5 on the Bund, Shanghai

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.”