Local fashion, up-and-coming Yunnan artists and live music will converge at Loft Jinding 1919 on March 3, with funds raised going toward rural education programs.
The fundraising event for Village Progress will begin with a fashion show at 4pm at Livstone House by local designer Shi Zhijie (石志洁). The show will feature her clothing brand Blue Nomadism. Items featured in the show will be available for purchase afterward.
A silent auction of artwork donated by prominent Yunnan artists will follow the fashion show. Artists whose work will be auctioned include Zhao Rongjie (赵荣洁), Liu Lifen (刘丽芬), Yang Yang (杨阳), Quan Wan (犬丸), Chen Xi (陈曦), Zhao Leiming (赵磊明) and Weicheng Luanma (维城乱马).
An evening of rock, reggae and dance music will begin at Laba at 9:30. Performers – all of whom are donating their time and talents – include War Horse, Sea Loving Mammals, Lao Han's Reggae Band and Mike Wind. The Laba portion of the fundraiser will be hosted by Kris Ariel, who will also play a DJ set.
Village Progress has organized the fundraising event to support its Multimedia Education Project in villages around Lincang Prefecture. The initial goal of the project is to provide art and multimedia training to underprivileged children in Bangdong Village (邦东村).
There are nearly 200 students at Bangdong's only elementary school, which has limited access to funds, equipment and educational materials. The Village Progress program will teach students how to operate donated cameras as well as how to use their photos to make a school newspaper. Painting and art supplies will also be donated to the school and volunteers from Kunming will teach classes on how to paint and work with textiles.
Village Progress co-founder and GoKunming contributor Colin Flahive said that money raised at the event will be used to establish a multimedia resource center at the school.
The resource center will house books, computers, cameras and other art resources collected from Kunming schools, donor programs and grants. The program will be expanded to other villages as soon as sufficient funds have been raised.
Tickets purchased the day of the Village Progress fundraising event will be 15 yuan for the fashion show and auction and 30 yuan for the concert. All-inclusive advance tickets can be purchased for 30 yuan at Salvador's Coffee House.
Note: Scotch on the Rocks was originally slated to perform at the fundraising event but will be unable to perform.© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.