My Event World - Katherine Hudson

Katherine Hudson events director of Arabian Tent Company has worked in events since she left school, and even lived in a shipping container for a few months when income was low.

Katherine Hudson events director Arabian Tent Company
Katherine Hudson events director Arabian Tent Company
I got into the events industry because the work is so enjoyable it doesn’t feel like work.

I have worked here since I set up The Arabian Tent Company in 2005. For the previous five years I was co-directing a very similar company which means I’ve been in the industry almost since I left school.

I was attracted to this particular role because I wanted to create beautiful surroundings for people.
Not many people know that back in my early tenting days I was so hard-up I lived for a few months in a steel shipping container and slept on top of a pile of tents.

My worst experience at an event was when the canvas roofs I was waiting to arrive from India for a wedding didn’t arrive in time and the solution was using two cotton tent linings on the outside of the tent as roofs. Thankfully it was an extremely sunny weekend and no-one even noticed.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s that there is always a solution to any problem you encounter, but it’s always better to plan ahead to minimise the problems you have to deal with.

The best event I’ve been involved in was Burning Man. It should be mandatory for everyone to head over to the Nevada desert for a week of beautifully random and high dust partying at least once in their lives.

If I could do it all over again I would clone myself so the other half of me could go cycling around the world.

The one thing I can’t stand is negativity.

Outside of work I spend my time designing things. In my spare time in India I’ve made clothes, polo boots and handbags, travelling abroad to meet my scattered friends and festivaling in the UK.

If money were no object I’d remake the beautiful 1930’s Spiegel Tent. Incredibly there are still around five of these magnificent circular wooden tents with velvet ceilings and mirrored columns still going strong in Europe, but I’d re-design them to be lighter and quicker to erect.

The one event I will never miss is my Argentinean best friend’s birthday in Buenos Aries every December. The combination of lashings of delicious Malbec, the best steak in the world and an all-night party culture is hard to miss.  

The next 12 months will be about Vintage, darling. Most specifically from 1920’s to 1940’s, from incorporating a bit of bunting and crockery, we start to become more discerning about the exact style we’re creating.  I never fail to be impressed at our ability as a nation to rise to the challenge of a party with a theme.

If I could switch places with anyone else in the industry it would be no-one. I adore my job. However, my friend Caroline Hurley, events director at Quintessentially seems to have a ball too, arranging spanking girls, roller disco parties and dungeons amongst other things.

If I ruled the event industry I’d never get to cycle round the world.

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