Crazy Lo­tus

In­no­va­tive mu­sic and arts festival ar­rives in Shang­hai

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - The ar­ti­cle was writ­ten by Catherine Val­ley

The newly opened 2,000 square-me­ter Bunker/Lux­em­bourg Pav­il­ion in the for­mer Expo Park in Pudong New Area will hold a unique Crazy Lo­tus Festival & SMART Lo­tus Con­fer­ence. Crazy Lo­tus’s in­no­va­tive con­cept com­bines in­tel­li­gence and mad­ness to ad­vance what it con­sid­ers the proper way of en­joy­ing elec­tronic mu­sic.

This new con­cept in­vites guests to get out of the stan­dard mu­sic festival cu­bi­cle by pre­sent­ing in­door and out­door dig­i­tal stages, SMART con­fer­ence rooms and class­rooms and a rooftop net­work­ing lounge with swim­ming pool and sauna where creative peo­ple from all dis­ci­plines and all parts of the world can ex­change ideas and con­tacts.

“Our goal is to cre­ate the cra­zi­est festival con­cept, out­stand­ingly di­verse, in­ter­est­ing, funny and ed­uca­tive com­pared to other fes­ti­vals in China. Crazy Lo­tus Festival & SMART Lo­tus Con­fer­ence is about the ul­ti­mate visi­tor ex­pe­ri­ence,” or­ga­niz­ers told the Global Times.

A “crazy” mix of ev­ery­thing

Com­mon mu­sic fes­ti­vals of­ten leave guests with ques­tions unan­swered, emo­tions trod­den and ideas for­got­ten. The new “Cra­zi­est Festival Con­cept,” how­ever, does not nec­es­sar­ily make guests go crazy, but rather in­tro­duces a com­plete pic­ture of a mu­sic festival. Apart from en­joy­ing di­verse mu­sic styles, the or­ga­niz­ers aim to ed­u­cate the au­di­ence.

The festival and con­fer­ence is a two-lay­ered event pro­vid­ing the big­gest choice of elec­tronic mu­sic over­lap­ping with the out­stand­ing head­liner’s per­for­mances and speeches to pro­ceed with an ed­uca­tive for­mat.

The event cov­ers all gen­res of elec­tronic, ur­ban, hip-hop and reg­gae mu­sic but ex­cluded com­mer­cial and main­stream mu­sic. Out­stand­ing China-based elec­tronic mu­sic crews and pro­mot­ers are given a stage to show their house and techno tunes, bass, chill-out & funk, psy-trance and other di­verse styles.

To­gether with that, the venue opens in­ter­ac­tive class­rooms, where ex­perts will present DJs and scratch lessons, mu­sic pro­duc­tion, Able­ton Mas­ter­class, vis­ual map­ping and much more. The di­rec­tor of the Crazy Lo­tus project, Rain­bow Gao, says: “Elec­tronic mu­sic de­vel­op­ment means that ‘ev­ery­thing can be in­stru­mented.’ We bring soft­ware for peo­ple to start mak­ing their own mu­sic and to de­velop their po­ten­tials.”

Work­ing well to­gether

A stu­dent of Fu­dan Univer­sity, habitue of Man­sion and vol­un­teer for Crazy Lo­tus Com­pany, Ham­pus Ry­dahl makes the idea of the festival clearer: “As soon as Crazy Lo­tus Com­pany is a share­holder for Man­sion, the tra­di­tion of a fam­ily party place where every­body is equal is go­ing to be kept. Along with that, it brings a to­tally brand-new think­ing of par­ty­ing com­bined with knowl­edge.”

“I be­lieve th­ese two dif­fer­ent ap­proaches are go­ing to work to­gether well. It is a change be­tween high en­ergy mu­sic and low en­ergy learn­ing that makes you more creative and will­ing to party even more,” said Ry­dahl.

In­stead of fo­cus­ing on Face­book hits or com­mer­cial tricks, or­ga­niz­ers look for crazy head­lin­ers for both Crazy Lo­tus Festival and SMART Lo­tus Con­fer­ence. The range of per­for­mances be­comes wider since DJs will be fol­lowed by out­stand­ing head­lin­ers giv­ing in­spir­ing speeches, un­cov­er­ing the se­cret of the in­dus­try, and pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about many in­ter­est­ing projects they launch.

SMART Lo­tus Con­fer­ence fea­tures in­ter­na­tional mu­sic, art, and tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ences. The mu­sic con­fer­ence will fo­cus on elec­tronic mu­sic de­vel­op­ment, mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion, festival cul­ture and club­bing. The art con­fer­ence is fo­cus­ing on an­i­ma­tion se­ries and movies, vir­tual re­al­ity and vis­ual art and light in­stal­la­tion.

More­over, there will be a vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) area where guests can try out out­stand­ing vis­ual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences. As for the tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence, this year the topic will be “New tech­nolo­gies that cre­ate a bet­ter world.” The or­ga­niz­ing com­pany is in con­tact with sev­eral out­stand­ing com­pa­nies in and out­side of China to present their in­no­va­tions and vi­sions.

This year’s head­lin­ers

Among head­lin­ers is Reeps One, a two-time Vaux­hall UK Beat­box Cham­pi­onship win­ner. Reeps One will hold a per­for­mance at the main stage and also present a lec­ture about “Mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary Lib­er­a­tion.”

An­other head­liner, Jac­ques Live, is a French elec­tronic live artist who trav­els around Europe with two large suit­cases full of “equip­ment” such as scis­sors, ash­trays, rub­ber ducks, etc. He will loop ev­ery­thing into an in­cred­i­ble live set. Guests are in­vited to bring ob­jects from home, which Jac­ques will use for his per­for­mance.

The SMART Lo­tus Con­fer­ence Mu­sic sec­tion is fol­lowed by ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tronic mu­sic pro­ducer and singer Qiu Pi, who will also give a lec­ture at the con­fer­ence. As for the SMART Lo­tus Con­fer­ence Art sec­tion, or­ga­niz­ers in­vited David Sil­ver­man, creative di­rec­tor of The Simp­sons tele­vi­sion car­toon.

Among oth­ers are Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy com­pany Kuang Chi, Dutch In­ven­tors Com­pany Stu­dio Roosegaarde, in­tro­duc­ing the “Smog Free Tower” project and Ste­fano Bo­eri pre­sent­ing “Ver­ti­cal For­est” city build­ing plans.

Or­ga­niz­ers said their pur­pose is to make the festival be­come a breed­ing ground for new tal­ents and a place to share knowl­edge. Par­tic­u­larly, to high­light peo­ple and projects that bring an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion for so­ci­ety de­vel­op­ment the con­fer­ence also or­ga­nizes spe­cial Lo­tus Awards.

Mak­ing prom­ises come true

“Every­body says ‘I am creative, I can cre­ate so many things,’ but no­body re­ally does it,” project di­rec­tor Rain­bow Gao spec­i­fied. “I feel what we are mak­ing this project for is to make those prom­ises come true at least for the first time. Even though it may in­flu­ence only a hun­dred of peo­ple, it is go­ing to be de­vel­oped in the way.”

As soon as Crazy Lo­tus project fo­cus on the au­di­ence, the com­pany gives a hope for open-minded peo­ple who are not only con­cen­trated on the com­mer­cial as­pects of moder­nity. Co-or­ga­nizer Anqi Jiang added: “We also have kind of se­lect­ing cri­te­ria for our guests and cul­tural project mod­els. We want to bring the most in­no­va­tive projects to China.”

The fea­tures listed are not only ex­cit­ing cat­nip to en­ter­tain the au­di­ence but also se­ri­ous and im­por­tant driv­ers for the so­cial de­vel­op­ment in the fu­ture. It is time to use the oc­ca­sion to give peo­ple a chance to cre­ate. Those in­ter­ested in Crazy Lo­tus and SMART Lo­tus Con­fer­ence ideas might be torches light­ing cul­tural de­vel­op­ment across the world.

Crazy Lo­tus full pack­age in­cludes Shang­hai Nightlife Pass pro­vid­ing free en­try to 15+ par­ties on April 29/30 to nightlife venues: Celia, The Man­sion, New Am­ber, URVC Vinyl Club, Reel 2 Reel, The Bunker.

Tick­et­ing and prize in­for­ma­tion can be found via on­line tick­ets link:


Pho­tos: Cour­tesy of the Crazy Lo­tus

(From top) Guests take pho­tos and dis­plays at Crazy Lo­tus

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