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. bangkokbiennial.com

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, cof.gov.hk/2018

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’. marinabaysands.com,

thaiticketmajor.com

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.

singaporetheatrefestival.com

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.

tourismthailand.org

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