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Fah Thai Magazine Jul-Aug 2018

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OVERTURES NEWS AND EVENTS NOW -30 2018 SEP 5AUG 2018 PHUKET OPEN NOW: BANGKOK AIRWAYS PHUKET HALF MARATHON The Bangkok Airways Phuket Half Marathon 2018 will be held in Phuket on 5 August. With the scenic backdrop of the island that’s partly a mountainous rain forest in the Andaman Sea, the race will be held right in the Phuket Old Town. The routes you’ll be running encounter Sino-Portuguese architecture which reflected the European influence on the island since the 16th century. Runners who travel with Bangkok Airways also get special deals. With just a boarding pass, special room rates are yours for the taking from Novotel Phuket Phokeethra and Ibis Styles Hotel Phuket. Both properties are a mere 5 minutes away from the event venue. Booking period, today-1 August 2018, Period of stay, 1-10 August 2018. Novotel Phuket Phokeethra +66 (0) 76 397 777, Ibis Styles Phuket City +66 (0) 76 397 777 BANGKOK BIENNIAL GALORE With Thailand’s three major art festivals coming up later this year, you could be forgiven for confusing them with one another. The Bangkok Biennial, running from July 1 through September 30, is a contemporary art event modelling itself on similar biennales around the world. Taking a more bottoms-up approach, the anonymous groups of organisers believe it is worth exploring an alternative way to the expected ‘top-down’ curator/ director model, which can achieve a broader, more inclusive and more diverse programme. The other two unrelated art shows are the Bangkok Art Biennale (Oct 19, 2018 - Feb 3, 2019) and Thailand Biennale taking place in Krabi (Nov 2, 2018 - Feb 28, 2019). The Bangkok Biennial, which is the first biennial contemporary art event taking place in Thailand, has recruited a line-up of 150 local and international artists, whose work will exhibit across 69 venues or “pavilions” both in and outside of Bangkok. It will include many of Bangkok’s underground art spaces as well as those in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and other provinces — all self-organised, managed and curated as the festival aims to foster divergent ideas. The opening will take place on the evening of 1 July, and there will also be a 2-day symposium held at The Jim Thompson House on August 11th and 12th entitled “Biennialization, Biennialization, Biennialization: The Bangkok Syndrome,” which delves into the nature and rationale of biennial events in a regional and international context. 2018 NOW-12AUG HONG KONG ORIENTAL ART FORM Chinese opera is considered one of the oldest forms of performance art in the world today. With its long history and influences from various Chinese cultures, the art form draws in audiences with its unique charm, richness and beauty. The Chinese Opera Festival aims to further promote the art form to audiences in Hong Kong with a series of performances delivered by top virtuosi and maestros in the field. Since its inception in 2010, the festival has told diverse and impressive stories with the help of some of the world’s best Chinese troupes and performers. This year’s edition will promise the same colourful programme, which will include regional genres including Peking, Kunqu, Yue, Diaoqiang, Pingdiao, Puxian and Xiqin opera as well as Cantonese opera. Various venues across Hong Kong, Photo Denise Truscell 3-4 & 23 JUL 2018 SINGAPORE & BANGKOK HER HEART WILL GO ON Fans of Canadian singer Celine Dion will want to head down to the Lion City as she performs at the Marina Bay Sands on 3-4 July. The multi-Grammy and Academy Award winner will perform in Singapore for the first time ever as part of her World Tour. Those who plan to visit the capital of Thailand will also be delighted as she will perform at the Impact Arena on 23 July. The opportunity to catch The Celine Dion Live 2018 tour will be too good to miss. Considered as one of most iconic singers in pop music, Dion has sold almost 250 million albums during her 30-year career and is famous for her hits ‘That’s The Way It Is’ and ‘My Heart Will Go On’., 5-22JUL 2018 SINGAPORE CELEBRATING LOCAL ARTS Since 2006, the Singapore Theatre Festival has championed its local arts industry by providing a platform for artists and playwrights to showcase their talent. Presented by W!LD RICE, the biennial festival this year will allow theatre fans to catch original productions and to also engage in conversations about theatre. With an emphasis on promoting home grown talent, the Singapore Theatre Festival has thus far produced 33 productions, including 19 world premieres. Now in its sixth edition, this year’s event will run throughout July with a total of eight original plays as well as several additional supplementary events, including art talks and forums. This year’s edition will be held at the LASALLE College of the Arts, on McNally Street. 27-28 JUL 2018 THAILAND ASARNHA BUCHA & BUDDHIST LENT DAY Asarnha Bucha Day marks the day when the Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon known as “Dhammachakkappawattanasutta” which he preached to five ascetics at Benares in India over 2,500 years ago. As a result, all of them attained enlightenment and were ordained by the Buddha as the first ever Buddhist monks. Asarnha Bucha falls on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month of the calendar year, generally in July. Buddhists perform a variety of religious activities at temples — mainly merit-making ceremonies such as offering food and alms to monks, listening to sermons and practising meditation in order to purify the mind. This day also marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent or Khao Phansa, a threemonth period when monks retreat into their monasteries to escape the monsoon rains and study Buddhist teachings. It is a time of making merit and candlelight processions, or wian thian in Thai, held at temples throughout the country. Asarnha Bucha Day is Thailand’s public holiday and everyone should note it is illegal to buy and sell alcohol on this day. 18 19