Find the best things to do from the daytime to the nighttime in Bangkok with our events calendar of 2017’s coolest events, including parties, concerts, films and art exhibits.
Events in Bangkok today
Inspired by the flavors of the Orient, The St. Regis Bangkok has come up with a special Chinese New Year-themed afternoon tea (B1,600). Savory bites include lobster with chili sauce in bao, seared scallops with pumpkin sauce and crispy rice noodles, and Peking duck with hoisin and orange sauce. The sweet set includes mandarin orange cake, mango napoleon, and a cute jin yuan bao (boat-shaped ingot used in ancient China as money) made with chocolate and plum.
To stimulate interest in the use of alternative energy for power generation, the Bangkok Artand Culture Centre (BACC) has come up with Jaras Light Fes, an outdoor lighting festival featuring dazzling installations created by several Thai artists using electricity produced from solar cells.
The works of art nouveau maestros—Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley—are presented in Something Nouveau, a cutting-edge multimedia exhibition at the new Museum of Digital Art (MODA). Over five hundred masterpieces by the three artists are projected onto large screens, allowing you to admire the tiny details of each artwork and to trace the art nouveau movement from the late 19th to the early 20th century. The experience is enhanced by music from the period.
Fan of Vespa or not, the much-talked-about House of La Dolce Vita pop-up museum in Scooter at Warehouse 26 is guaranteed to blow your mind. Loads of scooter-themed installations are spread across the renovated warehouse space, from miniature scooters hanging from the ceiling, to art pieces created out of Vespa parts, to a playground slide that takes you all the way down to a miniaturized version of Tuscany, the Italian region where Vespa was born..
On 21 Dec, printmaking studio Pineapple Print Press is having a printmaking exhibition where they’ve gathered more than 60 pieces of artwork, all of which were created in 2019 by both Thai and international artists, including Thanachai Ujjin, Lolay, Wutigorn Kongka, Trystand, Hideyuki Katsumata, Kikuchi, Yoshihara Satou, Sachiko, and Sadam Yoshizawa.
If you can’t get over the fact that CentralWorld has passed up on a holiday beer park this year, then head to Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld instead. The hotel has elevated the beer garden experience to new highs by launching its own open-air Centara Grand Beer Garden on the 26th floor. Beer selections include Hoegaarden, Budweiser, Franziskaner, and Stella Artois. Classic Thai snacks are available throughout the night.
Change is part of human life. Thai artist Chut Janthachotibutr portrays this unescapable aspect of life through a photography series that focuses on nature as a subject. Each image reflects how everything eventually changes through time—the present will become the past and eventually, the future will become the past as well.
Movies now showing
It’s pretty weird to think that Disney used to recycle its own animations to save a few bucks. So, Baloo from ‘The Jungle Book’ magically became Little John in ‘Robin Hood’ with a little sleight of hand by its toiling animators. Of course, that was long before the Mouse House became a world-conquering animation behemoth on the back of Pixar’s success and smash hits like 2013’s ‘Frozen’. That made $1.3 billion, so around one dollar for every time your kids have made you watch it. Happily, this long-anticipated sequel feels entirely fresh. The world it creates is charming, the wit sparkles and – one brief burst of ‘Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People’ aside – the songs are all new. So let go of ‘Let It Go’ and clear some room for a new batch of earworms. As you’d expect, the self-contained Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) remains at the heart of the story, but ‘Frozen 2’ also belongs to her exuberant sister Anna (Kristen Bell). She’s very much a co-conspirator here, sharing ‘When-Harry-Met-Sally’-ish tiffs with lovestruck Kristoff (Jonathan Groff, blessed with a genius ’80s-style power ballad from songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) and helping to guide the scene-stealing Olaf (Josh Gad) through a very funny coming-of-neige plotline. The hilarious ‘When I Am Older’ and some philosophical musings on the nature of existence are an absolute delight. If there’s a flaw, it’s the slightly fiddly plot that has more folky symbols and elemental runes than a Hoxton tattoo