Mu­sic fest set to ‘shake’ Yanki Lake

China Daily (USA) - - HOSPITALITY - By CAMILLA TENN camilla@chi­

Dur­ing this Mid-Au­tumn Festival holiday, Kempin­ski’s Yanqi Ho­tel will host a din­ner and dance ex­trav­a­ganza over­look­ing Yanqi Lake, with Shake the Lake In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Festival bring­ing the best of boo­gie-woo­gie, swing and jazz mu­sic to the venue on Sept 16.

A re­cur­ring Aus­trian con­cert dat­ing back to 1995, Shake the Lake is the largest and one of the most au­then­tic Euro­pean boo­gie-woo­gie fes­ti­vals. The in­ter­na­tional mu­sic festival will be held un­der the theme of swing­ing 1930s Bei­jing, with organizers ex­pect­ing that par­tic­i­pants will en­joy pre­par­ing their “glad rags” in ad­vance.

“Guests are en­cour­aged to get in the mood with a 1930s dress code of glamor and so­phis­ti­ca­tion,” says Brice Pean, gen­eral man­ager of Sun­rise Kempin­ski Ho­tel, Bei­jing & Yanqi Is­land. “The ladies might like to con­sider feather boas and a cute hat, while the gents need look no fur­ther than a white scarf and per­haps a sil­ver-tipped cane.” But he adds with a smile that guests are not obliged to be so ex­trav­a­gant.

The best mu­si­cians who spe­cial­ize in the genre have been in­vited from all over the world to per­form. The night is billed to fea­ture the orig­i­nal line-up and or­ches­tra­tion from Aus­tria’s unique In­ter­na­tional Boo­gie Mu­sic Festival, with a highly ac­claimed en­sem­ble of mu­si­cians who have per­formed around the globe.

The Aus­trian lake Wolf­gangsee, the orig­i­nal set­ting of the mu­sic festival, is known as the “source of hap­pi­ness”, from which life en­ergy comes. Since 1995, it has been the home of the Shake the Lake spirit. “The Lake” is there­fore the motto for this festival, which will fo­cus on spe­cial lake­side ses­sions.

As a scenic site, Yanqi Lake, lo­cated at the foot of the Yan­shanMoun­tains 8 km­north of Huairou county, is a per­fect desti­na­tion to es­cape from the hus­tle and bustle of city life.

Af­ter Fri­day night, the ho­tel will also in­vite the artists to join the Jazz & Boo­gie Brunch that fol­lows at Water­side on Sept 17, which in­cludes a su­perb gourmet brunch with au­then­tic live mu­sic while over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Yanqi Lake.

Sun­rise Kempin­ski Ho­tel Bei­jing & Yanqi Is­land is man­aged by Europe’s old­est lux­ury ho­tel group.


Per­for­mances at a pre­vi­ous Shake the Lake mu­sic festival.

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