Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, Celebrates First Birthday With The Launch Of The Shangri-La Cultural Salon
Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, the luxury elevated hotel on London’s Southbank that opened last year to great acclaim, will be celebrating its first birthday on 6 May 2015 with the launch of the Shangri-La Cultural Salon. This exclusive series of monthly events will provide access to some of the most exciting names in the ‘East meets West’ cultural scene, while at the same time raising funds for the hotel’s chosen local charity The Blackfriars Settlement, which provides support to many groups within the SE1 community.
The Cultural Salon events are designed to reflect the origins of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, whose roots lie in Asia but with nearly 90 hotels around the globe is a cosmopolitan, contemporary brand. A glamorous launch event on 6 May will play host to three different showcases of talent from the worlds of dance, design, photography and fashion, while subsequent salons will allow attendees to meet luminaries from across the artistic spectrum who have links to or are inspired by different facets of Asian culture.
For the 6 May 2015 party, taking place in the evening a year to the day from when Mayor Boris Johnson first opened the hotel, the artists featured will be:
- A performance of ‘The Brush and the Sword’, directed by Carolyn Choa, working with film-maker Adam Baroukh, martial artist Stephen Pucci, and calligrapher Gigi Leung to create an installation based on the famous poem by Su Shi (1037-1101AD) called ‘Prelude to the Water Melody’
Birthday With The Launch Of The Shangri-La Cultural Salon
- A fashion showcase from award-winning Korean designers Jackie JS Lee and Eudon Choi, featuring key pieces from their Spring/Summer collection 2015. Both designers will be attending the event
- An exhibition of ‘White Flower’ photographs by Hiro Arakawa, a leading Japanese fashion and portrait photographer, who has produced a collection of stunning monochrome floral images, which are both timeless and simple, yet emotive
While most attendees for this first event will be VIPs from the world of the arts and media, 12 tickets will be available to the public. Those interested in attending are invited to donate for their place via www.slculturalsalon.com in a virtual silent auction; proceeds from all the events will go in their entirety to The Blackfriars Settlement. With a reserve price of £30 each for the inaugural event, tickets will include champagne and canapés for attendees. The three featured artists will be in different locations around the hotel on 6 May, allowing attendees to experience the luxurious newly-opened Shangri-La Suite and see the spectacular Skypool on level 52 and bar GŎNG with its glorious views across London.
Subsequent events will be small and intimate audiences with luminaries from across the arts and design such as novelist and ceramicist Edmund de Waal OBE and London-based luxury accessories designer, Beatrix Ong, MBE. The evolving programme will include artists, writers, designers and dancers. Tickets for these events are priced at £20 and will include champagne and canapés.