Top events in Bangkok this month
The people from Kolour, the city’s biggest electro fanatics, are bringing back Kolour in the Park, the from-day-til-night outdoor festival dedicated to international and local deejays, good food and spectacular shows, in the leafy Thai Wake Park in Pathum Thani for the fourth edition. In the course of two days, expect exhibitions involving bold graffiti, artsy installations and a light showcase. There are also an arts and craft market and a gamut of food trucks. Check out the full line-up of spinners here.
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 team behind Bangkok Swing is bringing Big Bang 2018 back to the city. This time, the swing dancing camp features the bands: Shirt Tail Stompers, and Casey Macgil and friends, plus local and intenational instructors like Hector Artal, Sonia Ortega, Nathan Bugh, Rikard Ekstrand, Mimmi Gunnarsson, Gabriella Rosati, and Lennart Westerlund. Be prepare to let loose on the dance floor with like-minded swing lovers at the welcome party at The Hop, themes parties on the weekend at Big Bang Swing camp at Sampran Riverside, and the highlight, Jazz Age Steet Party at Phra Pathom Chedi (Golden Pagoda.) Find more detail here.
The inaugural Coffee Cult festival brings together more than 15 of Bangkok’s top coffee shops. Apart from trying coffee from different shops, you will be learning about brewing, coffee paring, coffee cocktails, and more from experienced baristas in friendly atmosphere at the riverside community Lhong 1919.
A collaboration between the Jim Thompson Art Center and the Danar Hadi Batik Museum from Indonesia, POLA – Patterns of Meaning is a group exhibition of two Indonesian artist collectives that looks to present the importance of Batik in Indonesia's historical and cultural identity. Ace House Collective explores the batik manufacturing process in a contemporary approach through a wax-made fountain sculpture, while Cahaya Negeri who discovers the differences between the decorative and conceptual patterns in batik through an installation of 18 pieces of cotton fabric. Also participated in this exhibition are two Indonesian art individuals: Restu Ratnaningtyas whose work speaks about gender, economic and politic through a large piece of batik made of cotton fabric, indigo, synthetic color and wire to construct the fabric, and Eldwin Pradipta whose work conveys the cultural and historical commodification of the colonial city of Bandung in Indonesia through three videos.
The Bar Awards Bangkok is back with best of Thailand's drinking-and-cocktail-dedicated festival which will get you to immurse with the fine art of making cocktail. In this five-day festival, you will be celebrating Bangkok's best bars and bartenders, and joining a numbers of events in various venues, cocktail parties, and international guest bartenders.
You may have heard how much fun the “Bangkok winter festival” was in the old days from your mom (or probably your grandma). This is your chance to see it with your own eyes—the fête is reborn as Oon Ai Rak Klay Kwam Nao festival, and is happening now until 11 Mar at The Royal Plaza (the areas around the Equestrian Statue of King Chulalongkorn) where the original winterfest was once held. Initiated by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Oon Ai Rak Klay Kwam Nao takes you back in time with vintage-style pop-up structures, flower gardens, activity booths and cultural performances. Visitors are encouraged to dress in retro enembles—more for photo-taking purposes than anything else. If you’re driving, park your car at Bangkok Turf Club and take the complimentary shuttle service to the venue.
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