A BEIJING-STYLE GATHERING

LEAP's April issue on the shelves at Wujin

LEAP’s April issue on the shelves at Wujin

On the afternoon of April 26, LEAP celebrated the release of its April issue, “The State of Beijing: A Report,” with a launch party at Wu Jin. The party’s ambience was in sync with the afternoon heat, pushing Beijing’s temperature to above 30 degrees Celsius for the first time this year. The gathering, held in Jianchang Hutong, was the perfect “summer” kickoff for the Beijing-themed issue, hot off the press. Unlike most of Beijing’s art events, the launch party for LEAP’s “The State of Beijing: A Report” brought everyone inside the Second Ring, back to the old city center. Art professionals who are usually seen outside the Fourth Ring came together on Jianchang Hutong with beer and traditional snacks — a rare yet uniquely Beijing scene for the art world.

Beginning at 3 PM, Wu Jin's tiny space was packed with LEAP's friends, who gathered in Jian Guang Hutong for drinks and conversation.

Beginning at 3 PM, Wu Jin’s tiny space was packed with friends of LEAP, who gathered in Jian Guang Hutong for drinks and conversation.

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Two key figures of the Beijing art scene, Liu Wei and Zhang Hui (rear view)

 

The LEAP team prepares drinks and specialty juices

The LEAP team prepares drinks and specialty juices

Artists, curators, and musicians chatting with LEAP's Executive Publisher Cao Dan

Artists, curators, and musicians chatting with LEAP’s Executive Publisher Cao Dan

From left: artists Wang Guangle, Zhang Hui, and LEAP's Marketing Manager Zhang Yueyue

From left: artists Wang Guangle, Zhang Hui, and LEAP’s Marketing Manager Zhang Yueyue

Sunflower seeds, beer, and a playful dog all made an appearance

Sunflower seeds, beer, and a playful dog all made an appearance

PBR was the choice of the day

PBR was the choice of the day

Wang Guangle, the day's special guest, peruses the April issue

Wang Guangle, the day’s special guest, peruses the April issue

LEAP's Process Editor Wu Di bartending for the day

LEAP’s Process Editor Wu Di bartending for the day

Men's spring fashion sported that day included light button-ups, polos, shorts, and "Old Beijing"-style t-shirts

Men’s spring fashion sported that day included light button-ups, polos, shorts, and “Old Beijing”-style t-shirts

Jian Guang Hutong's signature duck was a hit with artists Xu Qu, Liu Wei, and Wang Wei

Jian Guang Hutong’s signature duck was a hit with artists Xu Qu, Liu Wei, and Wang Wei

Thank you to all LEAP’s friends for your ongoing support. Stay tuned for our next issue, and of course, the launch party!

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