The 3rd annual Shanghai International Creative Industry Week is going on through Wednesday the 21st.
We went to opening night last Thursday and were able to get a sneak peek into the 1933 building mentioned a few posts back, where some of the exhibitions were still being touched up at the last minute. One of the purposes of the SICIW is to bring together art and design entities from all over the world into one place, perhaps fomenting future collaboration and connection. From Shanghai Daily:
The third creative industry week, themed “Creativity & Brand,” will wrap up on Wednesday. It covers a display area of 35,000 square meters with the participation of more than 500 creative corporations from 30-plus countries and regions and is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors, making it the largest in the event’s history.
Four exhibition sections such as brand exhibition showing off creative products from enterprises from both home and abroad and six festivals are included in the creative industry week’s plans for the first time.
Since we only went on the first night, we only caught a glimpse of some of the work from the various festivals. For this poor design-challenged Shanghaiist, the SICIW was really a chance for us to check out the new converted abattoir in the Hong Kou district. What’s an abattoir, you ask? Well, apparently it’s the term the real estate folks use in place of “slaughter house” to describe the artsy new complex. Even the lexicon is upscaled at this place.
According to those same real estate folks, the building will house a host of design offices and boutiques, a new David Laris restaurant, and potentially another South Beauty. 1933 is also marketing itself as a learning destination, requiring tenants to host workshops or exhibits for those of us willing to trek out to Hongkou for some personal development.
Photo by meckleychina