1930s Shanghai Ball at Grand Hyatt Macau

MACAU Grand Hyatt Macau marked its third year anniversary with a themed party that has become an annual tradition and a must-attend event in the territory’s social calendar.

Following the success of the “Modern & Chic” gala in 2010 and the “Opulence Ball” in 2011, this year’s production drew inspiration from the Golden Jazz era of 1930s Shanghai.

“There are similarities between Macau and Shanghai. Both are unique, vibrant and inspiring cities,” said hotel general manager Paul Kwok, who led the six-member event committee and who had more than 20 years of putting together creative events in Greater China. “Hundred of years of tradition and culture blend seamlessly with a modern high-tech world that is focused on extraordinary entertainment and luxurious leisure.”

The anniversary bash dubbed "1930s Shanghai", which cost an estimated HK$2.3 million (US$296,695), took four months to organise from brainstorming, event decoration, costume sourcing to the actual gala dinner.

The hotel’s event services and engineering teams were responsible for all the decoration set up, while an external production house was commissioned solely for the stages, lighting and AV set up. It took them five full days to complete the scene.

The black-tie gala dinner was attended by more than 350 guests from Melco Crown Entertainment, City of Dreams, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and other business partners. The programme started with cocktails at Salão do Teatro, dressed with Oriental screens and fresh Chinese native flowers, with butlers serving fine Champagne and signature drinks.

On the way to the ballroom for dinner, guests then were ushered through the Foyer where a running footage of Old Shanghai was projected onto the specially installed screens. In the ballroom, more than 450 black-and-white archival photos and artworks hung on the walls. The main dining areas were surrounded by four different set pieces where guests can socialise – a family living room complete with velvet sofas and mahjong tables; an antique bedroom, a chic 1930s bar and an art deco stage.

To complete the ambiance, all hotel staff were dressed in period costumes and there were also actors, dressed in similar vintage garb, were stationed at the set pieces to interact with the guests.

For entertainment, a band was hired to play old tunes and a Russian dancing troupe was also present for some numbers.

As the China, linens and table set ups were specially purchased for the event, the 1930s Shanghai Ball is now part of the Grand Hyatt Macau’s portfolio of themed offerings. It can be customised and tailored for private events held at the hotel.

“It is perfect for show-stopping corporate galas in the grand ballroom. The 1930s Shanghai package will include full 1930s-style ornamentation, table settings, plus a range of musical entertainers and performers,” said Kwok.


Gigi Onag


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