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Fah Thai Magazine March/April 2018 - Infight Magazine of Bangkok Airways

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OVERTURES NEWS AND EVENTS 2018 NOW -24MAR HONG KONG A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS Hong Kong welcomes a performance arts extravaganza starting late February when the Hong Kong Arts Festival takes place throughout the island. Heading into its 46th edition, the Festival continues to present a wide array of music, opera and dance performances, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary and experimental. This year, the programme directors have curated an impressive list of performances around the theme of “What’s Real to Me,” a commentary on today’s “post-truth” era. Highlighting the HKFA will be the World Music Weekend with klezmer music from eastern Europe, the presence of Korea’s singerstoryteller pansori tradition, and Buryat-Mongol music from the vast and distant Lake Baikal region of Siberia. The line-up also includes the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the B’Rock Orchestra, a unique group whose repertory combines classical music with theatre, visual art or video. Grammy-award winners like trumpeter Chris Botti and jazz artist Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Dhiel Trio will be there, along with other renowned performance troupes like the Ballett Zürich and the American Ballet Theatre. The 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival will also present a number of theatre performances, such as a new take on flamenco dance and adaptations of Chinese opera. For lovers of the performing arts, choices abound. Various locations throughout Hong Kong, 2MAR 2018 MUMBAI FESTIVE MOOD Spring is in the air as the city gears up for two important festivals in March. First comes Holi the Hindu spring festival, India’s second biggest festival after Diwali, which gets celebrated with much fanfare. In Mumbai, street jamborees compete with private Holi parties and the city takes on many colourful hues. The festival falls on March 2nd this year. Turn to page 44 to feast your eyes on some lip-smacking Holi delicacies. In the second festival, On Gudi Padwa, people in this Maharashtra state bring in the new year. March 18th marks the first day of spring. Many households erect a gudi (a bamboo staff topped with a garlanded copper pot and a piece of silk cloth) outside their homes to usher in prosperity in the New Year. In the Girgaum area of Mumbai, residents march in huge processions to celebrate. It’s a street spectacle worth seeing as women dress in traditional nine-yard saris, young men beat the dholak (drum), and kids perform with lezhim (a musical instrument made up of small cymbals). 2018 25MAR CHIANG MAI-HANOI: A NEW ROUTE If you love the aromatic flavour of pho soups, cha ca (grilled turmeric fish with dill), bun cha (grilled pork patties), a café culture, along with a mixture of French culinary and architectural influences. Bangkok Airways “Boutique Airline” will open a brand-new route directly from Chiang Mai, starting this coming 25 March with one flight per day. A few days in Chiang Mai on your way to Hanoi would be a nice bonus. Thailand’s northern city has the slow pace, tribal offerings, and increasingly eco approach to travel compared to Hanoi’s vibrant, fast-paced, free-wheeling street ambience. Check out flight schedules for booking and information at 28 MAR - 8APR 2018 2018 NONTHABURI MOTOR SHOWTIME This is the biggest automotive event in Southeast Asia and you can expect the world’s latest innovations, technology and designs from the automobile industry. Apart from the futuristic concept cars, the leading car manufacturers are moving towards the same direction – producing electric vehicles, autonomous driving technologies, with smart and connected vehicles. This will all be showcased at the 39th Bangkok International Motor Show held from 28 March until 8 April, 2018 at Challenger 1-3, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi. Entrance Fee: 100 baht, open 12 - 10pm on weekdays and 11am - 10pm on weekend, 12 - 10pm on VIP Day (26 March 2018),,, T: +66 (0) 2522 1731-8 28 MAR - 8APR 2018 2018 BANGKOK TIME TO READ Pencil this in! Bangkok’s annual book fair will come alive again and thousands of books await their readers to discover them. Organised by the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand, approximately 450 publishing houses and more than 900 booths will be offering books and interesting activities at the 46th National Book Fair and 16th Bangkok International Book Fair 2018 at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Ratchadaphisek Road. Events include a book exhibition, rare books, titles from local and international publishers, new book launches and other publishing-related activities. Open 10am - 9pm,,, T: +66 (0) 2954 9560-4 ext 101 4 APR - 27 2018 MAY 2018 MUMBAI CRICKET MANIA After the major festivals of Holi and Gudi Padwa, a celebration of the another “major religion” takes place in India – cricket! Cricket is a national obsession and it reaches fever pitch with the annual Indian Premier League (IPL) Championship. The 2018 season will begin on April 4th and carry on until May 27th, with 60 matches being played in the Twenty20 cricket format. This is the 11th edition of the championship and matches will take place across India. In Mumbai, the iconic Wankhede Stadium will host the city matches. It promises to be a season of great cricket with both Indian and international cricketers competing across 8 teams. Get set to watch the city’s team, Mumbai Indians defend its championship title amidst high-octane competition. Book your seats in advance and soak in the charged atmosphere. 16 17