INSIDE THE BALLROOM
At 7:45pm, guests were ushered into the ballroom, which had been transformed into a glittering version of Hong Kong after dark. Thin silver beams from LEDS mimicked the city’s skyscrapers at night, with projections of the skyline glimmering around the ballroom.
As guests took their seats, a video montage recalling four decades of Hong Kong Tatler reportage unfolded on LED screens accompanied by hypnotic melodies played on the handpan by local instrumentalist Chor Lai, a mesmerising opening to the dinner.
Awaiting each guest at the tables was a Hong Kong Tatler selfie light for attaching to their smartphones to ensure perfectly lit photos. The lights proved to be a huge hit, with hundreds of selfies posted to Instagram during the night. The tables also bore special pop-up programmes designed by local artists Stickyline, and Mom and Pop. The clever graphic productions incorporated a Hong Kong transport theme, representing traditional junks and the Star Ferry to, in true Tatler style, a private jet, with “40” spelt out in fireworks on their last page.