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#IITSPIRATION WELCOME THE SUMMER WITH A SECRET GARDEN PARTY

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#IITSPIRATION SECRET GARDEN PARTY | SAT. JULY 10TH

The sun goddess did indeed show favour on the day of our Secret Garden Party. Shu did his best to whip up a breeze in the courtyard, but his bluster was no match for the mighty soundsystem strung together by Blingwear and Woods. Good time garage grooves, hip hop, soul and house provided the soundtrack for what proved to be an IITSPIRING afternoon of networking, nibbles and nice vibes.

Smart phones stayed in pockets as kindred spirits sparked colourful conversations about everything contained within the creative spectrum. Others seized the moment to take a private tour of the creative hub, engage in a playful game of cards or draw up the battle lines for chess. Drinks and conversation flowed throughout the day, whetting appetites for our Lebanese-inspired menu. ‘WRAPper’s Delight’ came in the form of our tasty shawarmas, hummus and mint tea.

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Crazivity’s chief visualiser Roxanne Williams was also on hand to complement the natural surrounding with a selection of her own colourful canvases, as well as paintings, installations and sculptures from our #IITSPIRATION gallery and Take A Seat Design project.

By the time Fusion stepped up to hold court, our guests were relaxed in each other’s company and suitably curious about the surprise performances we had in store. #IITSPIRATION friend, singer/song-writer and cellist supremo Ayanna Witter-Johnson did not disappoint. Her spellbinding rendition of the Sting classic ‘Roxanne’ and the heartfelt folk of ‘Chariot’ were truly beguiling. As the sun set, Strangers & Candy invited acoustic soulster Mide to share sublime moments from his ‘The Only Way Is Up’ EP. By the end of his set the Dreadlocked lyricist had made new fans of the uninitiated.

The evening segment was illuminated by a live art show courtesy of Creative In Residence Nikolai Kozin. His elaborate projections graced the courtyard walls – the perfect lightshow treat to bring our debut collaboration with Strangers & Candy to a close. The #IITSPIRATION Secret Garden marks the first chapter in what promises to be a beautiful partnership. Judging by the number of connections made and the flurry of Tweets that followed with the #IITSPIRATION hash tag, our creative currency is steadily accuring value. Special thank you to the awesome Allisha and Rhea for inviting some beautiful souls and Dionne for sharing her Earthday with us. Keep ears and eyes peeled for future socials.

Images by www.visualmarvelry.com & www.strangersandcandy.com

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