Top events in Bangkok this month
Go and taste juicy American burgers, accompanying with a beach vibe and live music at Central Festival Pattaya Beach. Ten restaurants are ready to serve you their special recipe made only for this festival, plus the first ever Best Burger Contest in Pattaya. Be prepare to try delicious burgers from White Pines Café & Restaurant, Skoop Beach Café by Veranda Resort, Jim's Burger & Beers Pattaya, Coast Beach Bar and Grill by Centara Mirage Grand, Cadillac Cafe's and bar by Wave Hotel Pattaya, T55 New York Grill Room by Movenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya, Hilton Pattaya and more. The contest starts at 17:30 on May 28th.
In an occasion of this year International Jazz Day, The Commons brings the forth edition of the annual celebration with day and night session of Jazz with a theme of "People and Jazz." This year they have two session happen both indoor and ourdoor. The day session includes Schozz Trio, Joox dj, Alyn Augsornworawat Group, the piano and bass duet and a talk by Virun Lertpanyawai & Nattapon Fuangaugsorn. For the night session, it is going to happen outdoor at the Common Ground. Live performences by The Next Gen Quintet, The Bachswing, Snapper Town, Duck Trio and BSRU Kita Maharachan will take up time from 18:00 till 23:00. For more information read here.
UK Nu Disco duo, Bondax, finally makes a return to Bangkok. After last year's successful performence and fan base's growing, Bondax is back this time with new electronic tunes and deep-mellow house we love with a support from Dark White, a duo DJs and event organizer. Partygoers and house music lovers, you shouldn't miss this party for the world!
One of the biggest EDM festival in Thailand, Together Festival is back again this year for the sixth edition. The 2-day festival takes you to a journey of amazing eleltronic dance music with the number one DJ in the world by the DJ Mag, Martin Garrix Plus, Armin van Buuren, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Marshmello and international supporters like Arjun Vagale, BORGEOUS, JOYRYDE, Lost Frequencies, Ookay, PARTY FAVOR, What So Not, UMEK and plenty more. And a closing party with Jayceeoh and Harrison at Onyx. Show your festival wristband for the free entrance at the party. Read more here.
The third Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival is about to happen this weekend! This time, it comes back with 20 films from 10 countries, and they all are free. Plus, this is the frist time ever that there is going to be an Asean Film Competition with two prizes for the winners from 10 films. The first one is Best ASEAN Film and another one is Jury Prize. Plus, a seminar on the last day in the subject of "Asean films to the international arena." Agenda and movie schedule Apr 26: The opening ceremony at Siam Paragon and a premiere of Pop Aye, a Thai-Singapore film by Kirsten Tan Apr 27: Turn Left Turn Right (Cambodia), Singing in Graveyard (Malaysia-Philippines) at Paragon Cineplex and Temuan Takdia (Malaysia), Dearest Sister (Laos) at SF World Cinema. Apr 28: By The Time It Gets Dark (Thailand), ฺBy Coincidence (Myanmar), Solo, Solitude (Indonesia), A Yellow Bird (Singapore) at Paragon Cineplex and Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen (Singapore), Temuan Takdia (Malaysia), Father and Son (Vietnam), In the Fresh (Thailand-Japan) at SF World Cinema. Apr 29: Waris (Brunei), By The Time It Gets Dark (Thailand), Ho Chi Minh in Siam (Vietnam), Turn Left Turn Right (Cambodia), Singing in Graveyard (Malaysia-Philippines), Interchange (Malaysia) at Paragon Cineplex and Vikalcharet (Cambodia), Senjakala Di Manado (Indonesia), Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen (Singapore), In the Fresh (Thailand-Japan), Father and Son (Vietnam), Birdshot (Qatar) at SF World Cinema. Apr 30: Kwan Nang (Laos), By Coincidence
Defendant of Love is an exhibition by a group of young female artists questioning about endurance ane being a victim of "love." As we see from Thai TV dramas, female protagonists are always treated badly, and even get raped by male main characters who claim that they do everything in the name of love. The artists ask why do we have to surrender by this idea and why do we have to be a victim and keep quite about the situation through their art pieces.
Nine artists including Amy Diener, Dee Sweetdrug, Joker EB, Josh ROXAS, Mongkontuch Sittatanakorn, Panyavee Phongsinthai, Passara Chongtaveetham, Piangkhwuan Kumrung and Suriya Chayacharoen, express their inner-self in social, political, cultural, and behavioral subject matters through their unique techniques from acrylic dripping to spray painting on canvas. This exhibition aims to promote freedom of speech from the most direct to internal manner.
Artist Angkrit Ajchariyasophon explores how the truth is being distorted by enlarging a hundred-baht note from 5 x 6.2 cm to 1,000 x 1,250 cm. The result is a super pixelated shades of red on a gigantic foamboard. He then cut it into 500 pieces, and selected only 100 pieces to recomposition and display them as a massive installation.
Although we live in a fast-pacing world with advanced technology to fulfill our desire, artist Narissara Pianwimungsa noticed dissatisfaction and loneliness still lay at the hearts of many people. She decided to convey unhappiness feelings through the embroideries of animals that she believes have subconsciously close relationship with humans such as peacock, fox and deer.
Everything Nineties is cool again, but if there’s one thing from this decade we wouldn’t risk repeating, it’s the Tom Yum Kung Crisis, the 1997 financial collapse that was dubbed as one of Asia’s worst-ever economic catastrophes. The crisis started in Thailand when the then government floated the baht due to huge foreign debt, overspending in the private sector and lack of foreign currency. The collapse of the baht affected the stock markets and economies in other countries in Asia, and raised fears around the world. We can still remember these disconsolate times – our parents suffered from debt, the rich became poor and the news reported of people jumping off buildings. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the crisis. The Museum Siam remembers the event with a walk-through exhibition that displays everything you need to know about the crisis, from the cause to its eventual results. These are depicted through cartoons and infographics in a classroom-themed room—as if saying that the lessons learned from this catastrophe is something we must all learn to avoid history from repeating itself. What did we learn? * Before the crisis, Thailand was ranked as one of Asia’s rising economic stars, following Singapore, with an annual economic growth of 8 to 13 percent. * The last payment to IMF in 2003 wasn’t the end of the Tom Yum Kung Crisis and Thailand is now free from all debts. It was just part of the massive amount of total debt. Thai government spent more than 1.4 tr
Four artists from three countries — Khvay Samnang from Cambodia, Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai from Vietnam, and duo artists Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho from the Philippines, all of them left their hometown for works and studies — examine the movement of people, industry and inner beings in this multimedia exhibition.
The Embassy of Portugal adds more vibrancy to the up and coming Charoenkrung quarter, flying in renowned Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, to create a masterpiece on the wall of the embassy. Vhils is known for installing amazing wall carvings under his Scratch the Surface project at a number of locations in Lisbon and London. He spent five days in February 2017 to apply his signature groundbreaking technique to one of the whitewashed walls of the Portuguese embassy on Soi Charoenkrung 30. Another one to add to your list of Instagrammable spots!
Tony Ja’s Muay Thai feats stunned the world when the legendary film Ong Bak was released to the public in 2003. The film was a box-office success, grossing over US$20 million worldwide, and was praised by both critics and audiences for its chase scenes and and scenarios featuring CGI-free hand-to-hand combat. More than a decade later, Ong Bak’s director Prachya Pinkaew, event organizer and magician Vinij Lertratanachai, and stage director Takonkiet Viravan have teamed up to recreate Ong Bak as a live-action combat performance—something that’s never been seen in Thailand. The storyline follows the original plot, centering on a fighter named Boonting who travels to Bangkok on a quest to find the missing head of Ong Bak, a highly-revered Buddha statue that’s stolen from his hometown. Boonting, of course, encounters numerous rivals whom he has to fight bare-handed in order to bring home his sacred statue. The challenge was how to reinterpret the movie scenes into stage performances. And they do it pretty well. Remarkable scenes from the movies, from “Tree of the Brave” to “Tuk Tuk Flying” to “The Final Battle,” are perfectly reimagined for the stage, using technical stage secrets that promise to wow the audience. The choreography is equally mind-blowing. Composed and directed by Krishna Lardphanna, a descendant of legendary stunt actor Panna Rittikrai, who mentored Tony Jaa in the early stages of the star’s career, it includes adrenaline-rousing fight scenes and unique perfo
The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles celebrates Her Majesty’s seventh cycle birthday by showcasing her exquisite taste in fashion. The exhibition Fit for a Queen: HM Queen Sirikit’s Creations by Balmain focuses on her relationships with Pierre Balmain and François Lesage, two legendary French couturiers who created dresses for the monarch during her trips to Europe and America. Lovers of fashion history will be privy to how Her Majesty’s impeccable style evolved and developed over the years through a series of luxurious gowns, suits, cocktail dresses, and traditional and modern Thai costumes. These pieces are displayed alongside pictures of the Queen wearing them at different occasions during her trips to Europe and America in the 1960s, as well as the rarely-seen Louis Vuitton trunks that were used to transport the dresses. Balmain’s original sketchbook and a video interview with François Lesage, shot only a few months before he passed, are also on exhibit. See how Balmain cast his legendary magic on Thai silk, and take a closer look on Lesage’s delicate embroidery. Some nationalists may question why the Queen chose a foreign designer? According to museum consultant, Melissa Leventon, who co-curated the exhibition, no Thai fashion designer at that time was familiar with the complicated etiquette associated with royal dressing in the Western hemisphere. Her Majesty needed to attend several state events with the King, and no risk could be taken with her wardrob
Dressing Gods and Demons spotlights Her Majesty’s long-standing patronage of the art of khon, the traditional Thai masked dance associated with extravagant costumes and high-level performances. Prepare to be awed by the sumptuous headpieces, traditional finery and intricate golden accessories on display.
Shop through the big fat weekend market featuring 100 local fashion brand stalls and 150 food vendors and food trucks. Grab your food and join others at the buzzing communal area. There are also an arty space for face and body painting, live portrait drawing by talented artists, and live music from the local bands.
Behind the Star Experience by Heineken is the first ever interactive sensorial exhibition in Asia. You will experience the story behind its success and learn its 144-year history. Plus, for this special occasion, you can get your own limited-edition Heineken bottle with your name on it. Read more here.
Inspired by her family dining tradition, Conceptual illustrator/animator Kanith portrays a collection of digital paintings on the contradiction of Chinese-style round-table dining and microwaved meals. Come to meet the artist at the opening reception on 4th Mar between 17:00 and 20:00.
Artist Yingyod Yenarkarn and Tanaphon Inthong conveys stories of Thai migrants in Taiwan they met while working as an artist residency through over 10 mixed-media installation pieces and documentary videos.