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Things to do in Bangkok this week

Find the best things to do in Bangkok with our events calendar of 2016’s coolest events, including parties, concerts, films and art exhibits

Check out this week's hottest events here.

Top events in Bangkok this week

SACICT Fair 2017

Also known as International Innovative Craft Fair (IICF), the event features 350 pop-up booths featuring well-designed products from local and international producers.

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Sunday March 26 2017

Gourmet Foodie Fest

Leading food magazine Gourmet & Cuisine hosts a two-day food festival featuring 60 pop-up stalls offering Thai and international bites as well as kitchen accessories. There are also free workshops including food styling (led by the founder of I Do Catering party planner Chatchai Panpoklang), food photography workshop, and ceramic painting led by young-blood ceramics artist Kav. Free tasting menu will be available at the beginning of every hour between 13:00 and 17:00. The menu includes Pad Thai Taco, sausage soup, and Madagascar vanilla frappuccino.  

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Sunday March 26 2017

The Art Book Makers : Examining the Current Local & International Art Book Landscape

Bangkok CityCity Gallery invites local designers, artists, curators, writers, publishers and bookbinders of art books to take part in a two-day talk and discussion session examining the landscapes of contemporary art books. Guest speakers include Piyakorn Chaiverapundech, Pat Laddaphan, Kittima Chareeprasit, Oat Montien, Kornkrit Jianpinidnan, Unchalee Anantawat and several more. See full schedule here: goo.gl/jYRxyM  

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Sunday March 26 2017

Cheng-Meng

Independent theater company A Theatre Unit presents a drama-comedy play about a Chinese family, whose father has mysteriously disappeared for six months. 

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Cho Why , Yaowarat Until Sunday April 2 2017

Carnival in Bangkok

With the aim to promote Italian Festival in Thailand, Sathorn 11 Art Space teams up with Italian Embassy Bangkok to host a solo exhibition of the famous Italian painter Franco Aguggiaro featuring a large series of paintings under the theme Carnival. Gaze upon 30 oil paintings depicting Carnival fairs and 10 landscape paintings of the beautiful Venetian town.  

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Sathorn 11 Art Space , Sathorn Until Thursday March 30 2017

Joan Cornellà

In collaboration with Have You Heard? and Factotum Productions, controversial Spanish cartoonist Joan Cornellà stages his solo exhibition in Bangkok for the first time. Cornellà is displaying some of his limited-edition drawings on canvas, some of which have never been shown elsewhere, along with his new book, SOT, and screen-printed T-shirts. Exhibition runs until 26 Mar

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Sunday March 26 2017

World Class Cinema

Organized by Thai Film Archive, the World Class Cinema 2017 features one classic movie each month until the end of the year.   · 12 Mar Gone with the Wind (1939) - Tickets are available from 3 Mar   · 9 Apr Gentlemen Prefer Blonds (1953) – Tickets are available from 31 Mar   · 14 May The Big Boss (1971) - Tickets are available from 5 May   · 2 Jul Rebel without a cause (1955) - Tickets are available from 23 Jun   · 13 Aug The Bridge on river Kwai (1957) – Tickets are available from 4 Aug   · 17 Sep 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968 / 149 นาที) - Tickets are available from 8 Sep   · 15 Oct The Good the bad and the ugly (1966) – Tickets are available from 6 Oct   · 12 Nov Fiddler on the Roof (2514) - Tickets are available from 3 Nov   · 3 Dec The Ten Commandments (2499) - Tickets are available from 24 Nov  

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Scala , Siam Sunday April 9 2017 - Sunday December 3 2017

People, Money, Ghosts (Movement as Metaphor)

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.

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The Jim Thompson Art Centre Until Sunday June 18 2017

Made by Microwave

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. 

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Pullman Bangkok Hotel G , Silom Until Sunday May 21 2017

Condemned To Be Free

Thai artists Kritsada Duchsadeevanich and Tawan Wattuya examinem the limitation of freedom based on Jean-Paul Sartre's famous quote: "Man is condemned to be free." Kritsada shows his vision through a mixed-media installation while Tawan uses watercolors to narrate his ideas.  

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WTF Bar & Gallery , Watthana Until Friday March 31 2017

Color Identities

Thai artist Kitkong Tilokwattanotai showcases an exhibition of oil paintings in three series—Blue Obsession, Yellow Affair, and Colour Identities—all of which were created based on the question of how can a person possess multiple identities?”  

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Sombat Permpoon Gallery , Phloen Chit Until Friday March 31 2017

Artbox Bangkok

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.  

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Artbox Bangkok , Chatuchak Until Sunday April 30 2017

Fit for a Queen

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

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Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles , Rattanakosin Until Wednesday May 30 2018

Dressing Gods and Demons

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.

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Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles , Rattanakosin Until Wednesday May 31 2017

Movies now showing

Beauty and the Beast

The virtue of courage is high up on the list of Disney princess must-haves. So three cheers for Dreamgirls director Bill Condon and star Emma Watson for having the courage to make a live-action musical adaptation of Disney's adored Beauty and the Beast with 2017 gender politics and a diverse cast. 

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It's Only the End of the World

At what point do we stop referring to prolific Quebecois director-writer-actor Xavier Dolan as a wunderkind? He's still only 27, but with six feature films under his belt, he already feels like a veteran. His latest, It's Only the End of the World, is unfortunately his worst by a wide margin, talky and unsatisfying. 

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The Last Face

You begin to suspect The Last Face might be bad when the muddled intro text links the suffering of Liberia and South Sudan with a "common romance."

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Kong: Skull Island

It’s 1973 and his character, a government-funded conspiracy nut, is talking about weather-shrouded Skull Island, deep in the South Pacific and only recently discovered by satellite. 

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American Pastoral

“That's how we know we're alive—we're wrong,” a character observes in Philip Roth’s 1997 Pulitzer-winning novel American Pastoral. Based on that piece of insight, actor-turned-director Ewan McGregor’s movie version is very much alive.

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Logan

It’s 2029 and mutants have been all but wiped out thanks to a combination of shady government interference and Charles's own inability to control his powers. But when Logan is tasked with looking after young Laura (Dafne Keen), the first mutant child born in decades, he's forced to make a decision: Stay in relative hiding, or gear up for one final stand? 

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The Space Between Us

Forget Matt Damon and his shitty potatoes: the latest Martian castaway aching for Earth is a lanky teenage oddball played by British actor Asa Butterfield (Hugo) in this good-natured but crushingly bland romantic melodrama. 

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Hidden Figures

As inspiring as rockets’ red glare heading into space, this huge-hearted crowd-pleaser has a sophisticated idea running through it: By and large, busy scientists don’t have time for racism or sexism. 

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Elle

Adapted by David Birke from the novel by Philippe Djian, Elle has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Isabelle Huppert, who gives a fierce performance as Michele, a video-game–company founder living in Paris. Those midcoital moans we heard? Michele is being raped in her living room by a ski-masked assailant.

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The Salesman

The Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi won an Oscar for 2011's A Separation. After making 2013's The Past in Paris, he returns to Tehran for this charged, intelligent but not entirely satisfying drama about a youngish couple, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) and Emad (Shahab Hosseini).

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