Popular bookstores, art galleries and exhibitions will be gathered at a century-old building at Sinan Mansions over the weekend to satisfy residents’ demand for culture after the end of the 2020 Shanghai Book Fair.
Twenty-four book shops, including Bananafish, Books on Shore and Lekai, will bring part of their collections to the second floor of the Banquet Hall at Sinan Mansions on Saturday and Sunday.
The store founders and operators will host lectures, release new books and talk with visitors for an event titled SiNan Time Zone. Two children's workshops will be held to introduce the younger generation to the charm of poetry.
Four artists have created an art space called 1+1+X on the ground floor of the banquet hall building. Nathan Zhou, better known as his nickname "Milk Powder Zhou," will exhibit a new painting that extends from wall to the ground and bar table. Two old-fashioned arcade game machines are placed along with the painting.
Visitors can taste drinks made by the artists while watching art performances, installations and innovative videos.
Various art souvenirs will be displayed on the third floor. Ten contemporary art galleries, including Fosun, OCAT and the Pearl Art Museum, will bring their exhibits and products.
Twenty-four bookshops will bring part of their collections to the second floor of the Banquet Hall at Sinan Mansions on Saturday and Sunday.
The mansions, the only wholly preserved historical garden villa complex downtown, include more than 50 historic villas in various styles. Many were former residences of celebrities such as poet Liu Yazi (1887-1958) and Peking Opera master Mei Lanfang (1894-1961). Some have been converted into hotels, cafes, restaurants and shops.
The event is an upgrading of the ongoing "Sinan Yé" nightlife party featuring outdoor bazaars, food stalls, art exhibitions and other cultural events.
The Life Bazaar section invites more than 80 popular business operators to exhibit and sell fashion products from domestic brands, original designs, traditional handicrafts and artworks.
The Late Night Canteen section invites Michelin-starred, award-winning and wanghong, or online sensation, restaurants to set up food stalls. The eateries at the mansions are opening late into the night.
Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, strict prevention measures will be taken to ensure the safety of visitors. The whole place will receive thorough disinfection once an hour between 8am and 10pm. A quarantine center has been set up for anyone displaying symptoms during checks at the entrance to the event.
Art performances and bazaars at the nightlife market at Sinan Mansions.
Editor: Cai Wenjun