on saturday 22nd june, the 02 intercontinental played host to an awards dinner of 700 people for a very special corporate client. drawing on this company’s heritage we pulled inspiration from johannesburg street art, using the colour and vibrance of the city as the focus of this theme. combining a mixture of textures such as metal, wood and plastic we created a ‘city within a city’ to bring johannesburg to life in this new london venue. bright upcycled plastic crates were used to create the bars and an industrial feel hanging light installation made the stage and dancefloor the focal point of the room. lighting was used to the flood the room with colour as well as projecting shapes to bring life and vibrancy to the blank canvas hotel ballroom.
personlised place settings, depicting the iconic south african ‘taxis’, were lovingly hand painted by a small business called tin city in salt river, south africa which supports its local communities by giving local women a job and teaching them a trade to support their futures.
the evening was kicked off by east london dance company, a grassroots charity, who created a piece inspired by the south african dance styles and the energy of modern-day Johannesburg. ELYDC is made up of aspiring dancers aged 14-20 who receive free weekly professional training designed to build confidence and support well being. In keeping with the theme, guests also had an opportunity to try their hand at graffitiing with a live digital graffiti artist.
guests chose between pressed ham hock or japanese aubergine & grilled asparagus for starters followed by either pan fried beef or pan fried stone bass for the main course. The meal was finished with a passion fruit tart with pineapple salsa & mango puree before ambassador kicked off a night of dancing.
venue & catering: interContinental london – the O2: https://iclondon-theo2.com/
production: orchard: https://thinkorchard.com/en/
photographer: gareth bull: https://thinkorchard.com/en/
place settings: tin city: http://www.tincity.co.za/
opening entertainment: east london youth dance company: https://www.eastlondondance.org/projects/east-london-youth-dance-company/
live graffiti artist: orchard: https://thinkorchard.com/en/
band: ambassador: http://www.ambassadorband.co.uk/
dj: GRLTLK: https://grltlkdjs.com/