"The dance is over, the applause subsided
but the joy and feeling will stay with you forever"
The Winterberry stage is set. The Moss stage is set. Our performers wait eagerly behind the scenes. The crowd wait patiently. A peak from from behind the curtains sees a sea of crowds. Nerves kick in. Adrenaline rushes. The curtains open and the crowd go wild. There's no time like showtime!
But then the show is over, the crowds disperse and the performance is over. All is not forgotten however, as KTGA are intent on ensuring the experience is one that stays with you forever.
Frank Bray was born in Oklahoma and began singing on stage at the age of six. He graduated from the Performing Arts Musical Theatre Conservatory in Texas and has since worked in various prestigious venues and events around the world, including New York Fashion Week. He is now based in Shanghai as a singer, actor, producer and director.
A Shanghai based folk music band is made up of Ho-Tom the Conquerer, Fierce Franco, George the Goliath, Johnny 2.0 and Nick Nasty. Their unique blend of Americana music livens up music halls around China, with their harmonica wails, cajon thumps and mandolin trinkles Their album "Consider Yourselves Conquered", released in 2013, was named one of the best albums of 2013 by SmartShanghai.com and they have also 'conquered' tours around China, including Beijing and in Mongolia. They will next be conquering the Vintage Winter Fest...
The Hot Club of Beijing
Jazz up your winter wonderland weekend with these Hot guys! The Hot Club of Beijing is a 5-piece jazz ensemble made up of guys from around the world - the U.S, China, Greece and France. They offer a unique and eclectic mix of international flavours such as hard swinging jazz, elegant ballads and hot Latin rhythms. The inspiration for their band name comes from the 1930's jazz band that formed in France - The Hot Club of France. Jazz it up!
S.L.A.T.E Contemporary Dance Company
This dance company was formed in 2013 as there was a big need for contemporary dance in Shanghai. The three core members come from America, including Anneliese Charek one of the co-founders, and all members not only dance, but also do choreography for the company.
Ayano Torimoto & Maria Kojima
Ayano and Maria are a duo from Japan playing Japanese classical flute and the piano together. They play a range of styles from classical to tango to Chinese folk. Born in Tokyo, Ayano has been practicing since the age of 3 and came to Shanghai 8 years ago, whilst Marie graduated from Nagoya University and came to Shanghai in 2011.
DJ Cavia began his career after DJ Shadow’s renowned set “In Tune On Time” and within just 2 years, won China’s DMC Championship in 2008. A freestyling free spirit, he is admired for his ability to fuse together old and new playing Hip-Hop, Rock, House, Electro and Dubstep to both mainstream and underground crowds. He has headlined with the likes of Ghostface, Killah, DJ Shadow himself and is the official after party DJ for Usher. Hit the decks with DJ Cavia!
Lexi and Anna specialise in decadent performances, event styling, show design and costuming. They have over 15 years of professional experience between them, having performed at several high-profile events such as the Cannes Film Festival and Milan Fashion Week. They will be putting on a special 'Santa Baby' burlesque performance, so hurry down the Red Glow tonight!
Delight International Dance Group
The Delight International Dance Group present to you Alice Samoilenko and Maksim ballet dancers who will be performing modern and classical ballet with a winter flare.
This Accordion group is made up of Shengji Zhuo and Jordan Kostov. Shengji is currently an Accordion player at the Children's Palace, whilst Jordan is a composer, arranger as well as an Accordionist. Bombonce Rastvor!!
Due South Trio
This trio was formed in Shanghai by musicians who love the sun and who like to head south every winter. They play a little jazz, a little Latin, a little folk and a little gypsy. A little bit of everything. Come and sample their music!
This group of flash-mobbers-stroke-Ukelele players was formed in Shanghai by a group of ukulele lovers in 2012 and now contains over 100 members. They are involved in various activities, such as volunteering and charity, as well as teaching the ukulele and sharing their love for this mini guitar-like instrument. Just when and where will they be appearing? Make sure you join in on the fun with the Ukelele flash mob!
David Huntington is a freelance writer who lives in Shanghai. He publishes short stories, is currently working on a literary science fiction novel and creates his own evolving artwork. Join him on his Christmas story telling adventure!
Miller is an American writer who lives in Shanghai and has degrees on Screenwriting and English from Loyola Marymount University in L.A. He moved to China in 2008 and has worked at various events in Chengdu, Suzhou and Shanghai. He will be telling some cold wintery tales at the Winter Fest.
Astrid has previously performed at the Belgium Consulate and has also sang for His Majesty King Philippe at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. She has an angelic voice and can sing in French, English, Chinese and even Indian mantra. She is also a certified Yoga instructor. She will be singing wintery classics such as Winter Wonderland and White Christmas. Singing in a winter wonderland...
Le Fou (LIFEcell) & Toby Mak
Le Fou (also know as LIFEcell) and Toby Mak are a DJ and trumpet duo. Le Fou is an electronic artist from San Francisco and his tracks have been featured on major Latin American radio shows such as Amorfo 95.3. Toby is an established member of the Australian jazz community and has previously been a trumpet student of Motown legend Gil Askey.
Voices of Joy
A gospel choir will be singing Christmas classics. Joy to the world!
For more detailed information on the Lectures and Workshops happenings at the Vintage Winter Fest, see our Alternative content blog.