‘Blame it on the DJ’ Music and Art Activation at The St. Regis Venice Explores Creativity

Photo © Courtesy of The St. Regis Venice

Held at the Arts Bar, the monthly events spotlight up-and-coming and established Italian artists as well as featuring live DJ sets and impeccable art-inspired cocktails

One of Venice’s preeminent art patrons, The St. Regis Venice has launched a series of exclusive events blending visual and performance art with electronic music. The first of the “Blame it on the DJ” activations will take place on 10 August 2023, followed by two more performances on 8 September and 10 November at the hotel’s Arts Bar – a temple of fine mixology famous for its artistic cocktails inspired by such creative greats as Monet and Banksy.

On Thursday, 10 August, The Graffiti Night kicked off the series with a live performance from one of the most interesting new names in the Milanese contemporary art scene, Gioele Corradengo, also known as Sexsdreams. Gioele creates colourful and expressive artworks that combine words and images. His art is characterised by punchy lines and phrases mixed with abstract shapes and symbols, often inspired by his dreams and emotions. He uses spray paint, markers, stickers and other materials and is also involved in music and fashion, collaborating with various brands and artists. During the event, Gioele also gave a live painting demonstration creating a unique graffiti on canvas, as well as lent his creative touch to decorating the DJ booth and personalising the DJ’s clothes. 

The second event on Friday, 8 September, Yoga Performance Night featured Venetian painter Elisabetta Zanutto and a yoga dancer. Elisabetta works with painting, photography and digital art to create artworks that explore the themes of water, light and colour, inspired by the beauty of Venice and its canals. On the night of the event, the artist drew inspiration from the movements of a yoga dancer performing asanas in rhythm with music. Held at the Arts Bar terrace, the performance offered a unique opportunity for the guests to observe how the iconic landscape of peeling plaster and mysterious shadows creates a romantic atmosphere serving as an inspiration to both the dancer and the painter.

Photo © Courtesy of The St. Regis Venice

Finally, on Friday, 10 November, the Portrait Night will offer a showcase for Alvise Bittente – a contemporary artist from Venice who specialises in drawing and creates artworks that are elegant, ironic and playful, often using wordplay and humour in his titles. Alvise’s signature materials and techniques are pencil, ink, watercolour, collage and digital manipulation. During the event, Alvise will draw portraits of the guests, each a study of the personality, identity and emotions of the subject, who can then take their signed portraits home as a souvenir. 

Each ‘Blame it on the DJ’ session will feature a guest DJ and an artist performance. The events will run from 8.30 pm until midnight and are open to the public. For more information about The St. Regis Venice, please visit stregisvenice.com

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