Evolve Events transformed Kent House Knightsbridge into a ‘festival of lights’ for the 200 VIP guests who attended the annual charity fundraiser hosted by Arts for India: a charitable organisation focusing on giving gifted Indian students the chance to study the arts in the UK.
Attendees included Dragon’s Den’s James Caan, artist Aisha Caan, Satish Modi, Lalit Modi, George Jatania and Simon Beaufoy, who received a Modi Creative India Award. Guests were able to explore an exhibition of paintings and sculptures, which were later auctioned to raise funds for the charity. Event sponsor Asprey Jewellery also donated several items to the auction, which was hosted by Jeffery Archer. A total of £104,000 was raised for Arts for India.
The colourful Diwali theme was expressed through decorations and lighting, with purple, red and gold hues representing flames, while the venue’s exterior was lit up with flambeaux lighting and red colour washes. Bespoke furniture was made and dressed with gold swatches of fabric and velvet tablecloths. The bar featured laser cut flame patterns, while gold mirrored poseur tables reflected the theatrical lighting effects. Canapés and bowl food matching the contemporary Asian theming were served throughout the evening. Guests were also able to enjoy entertainment, including a piano recital and Bollywood dancers.
Gary Peters, Managing Director of Evolve Events, said: “It was a joy to be able to completely transform Kent House Knightsbridge for Arts for India’s charity event. Diwali parties are such big, bold and colourful events, and offer lots of scope for creativity. We are delighted by the success of the evening and the funds raised for the charity.” David Hawkins, Director of Fundraising at Arts for India, commented: “We are thrilled by the outcome from last night; the funds raised for the charity and positive feedback from our guests exceeded expectations. The Evolve Events team really brought our event to life in true Diwali style, and the flexibility and grandeur of Kent House Knightsbridge served as an impressive backdrop.”