Spotlight: DADA Night Market

Pick up vintage threads and tasty snacks at this monthly clothes fair

What is it? Essentially, a go-lightly, hipster-pleasing social with locally crafted designer threads, baked goods and some other rare, one-off vintage clobber on sale. ‘We wanted to do something different for midweek that wasn’t more damn DJ parties,’ says DADA’s Michael Ohlsson, who reckons that Wednesdays will now see a number of ongoing indie-fied cultural nights taking place, including a photography and film evening and, in the works, lectures and talks, too.

It’s free to enter (as with all DADA nights), and to take part in. Plus, to add to the eco-centric, do-gooding allure, there’s plans to revitalise its charity element, with some profits of sales previously going to the likes of Boaji Xingxing Aid.

Running the show is Sandy Chu, sometime stylist, blogger (shanghaistyle.onsugar.com), who curates the stalls with new locally-based indie designers each month.




What’s it like? Lively. After a juddery start, the market’s now found some momentum. In other words, once empty and a bit sad, now happily well-attended by indie types, fashion plates and their pals. As a party, it never really kicks off, but that’s fine, things tick over on a downbeat key with the ever-reliable help of beloved Beat DJ Sacco's ace Motown and Northern Soul playlist.

The standard of wares is high. We spotted hand-dyed tote bags from SnoozerLoser (from 80RMB) and navy-blue round-toe Bally heels (we were quoted 500RMB sheepishly – a bit of haggling would probably be welcomed). Clothes-wise, there’s not much menswear, but the guys can console themselves with a satisfying sausage from Amelia's Little Blue Cart (30RMB) and cookies from Strictly Cookies (two for 15RMB). All in all, a great midweek outing.

The Dada Night Market takes place on the third Wednesday of every month.

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