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Calendar – October 2012

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BANGKOK’S 14th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE & MUSIC
After a dazzling array of diverse programs from countries as varied as India, Poland, Brazil, Netherlands, not to mention the ever-popular Russian opera and symphony, and an arresting version of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” from Italy, the “International Festival of Dance & Music” has five unique events lined up for October. Top of the charts is Germany’s best-known Staatsballet group from Berlin, enacting the ever-popular “Swan Lake” on Oct. 2 and 3. The grand production celebrates the 150th anniversary of cultural relations between Germany and Thailand. The unique BBC Planet Earth Live is the next program (Oct. 5), which sets the spectacular ‘Planet Earth’ TV series against the grand music of an 80- piece symphonic orchestra, conducted by the famous Richard Harvey. For the first time, a world-famous illusionist partakes in the festival. It’s Peter Marvey from Switzerland, famous for his ‘flying trick’ above the audience’s heads, a must-see show on Oct 9 and 10.

The festival wraps up with two world-famous dance groups. The first is the Limon Dance Company from New York, who has performed at every major venue in the world, including the White House, and are sure to knock out Bangkok’s audiences (Oct. 12). Last but not the least, are 12 top Tango-Dancers from Argentine, who have performed all around the world, and are sure to have the audiences on their feet here, like they have done every year. (Oct. 14). For bookings: www.bangkokfestivals.com; www.thaiticketmajor.com; Tel: 02 226-23191 (LJS)

Wax Castle & Boat Racing 11th-14th
This event is held to celebrate the end of Buddhist Lent (Ok Phansa). People in the northeast mould beeswax into miniature Buddhist temples and shrines in order to gain merit, which will determine their future rebirth. Sakhon Nakhon is the best place to witness these crafted models. The annual festival features a grand wax castle procession, competitive boat racing, as well as traditional northeastern cultural performances.
Where: Sakhon Nakhon Province
Chak Phra & Thot Phapa Festival 12th-15th
During “Thot Phapa,” Buddha images are paraded aboard elaborately decorated carriages pulled by the locals in land and water-borne processions. “Chak Phra,” which takes place after, is highlighted by the offering of saffron robes to monks and money to temples.
Where: Tapi River Bank, Surat Thani Province
5,000 Year Celebrations - Ban Chiang Civilization 22nd-24th
UNESCO considers the Ban Chiang World Heritage Site in Udon Thani s one of the oldest archaeological sites in Thailand. For this celebration, the event will feature exotic art and cultural processions and performances, local handicraft demonstrations and displays, international and local sport events, and dazzling light-and-sound presentations.
Where: Ban Chiang
The Man Number 10 1st-28th
Bussaraporn Thongchai’s second solo exhibition presents the complicated relationship between “herself, her father and the men.” On view every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Where: Ardel’s Third Place Gallery, 137/1 Sukhumvit 63 (Thonglor Soi 10)
Contact: 02-422-2092

Mirage 1st-13th
Vietnamese artist Pham An Hai is exhibiting his works in Bangkok.
Where: Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok, Silom Road
An Art Exhibition In The Peace 1st-19th
Fasang Nava-aran and Surapong Maitreedach hold this joint exhibition of their latest works.
Where: People’s Gallery, 2nd floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok (BTS: National Stadium)
The 'Brand New 2012' Art Project 1st-20th
Dontree Siribanjongsak, Thanarat Siripidej, and Latthapon Koakiatarkul exhibit their latest works. On view between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Where: Bangkok University Gallery
Contact: 02-350-3626

Cosmic Totems 1st-25th
A new exhibition by Albert Yonathan Setyawan, comprising 20 drawings made during 2011-2012. On view Tuesday-Sunday, 4-10 p.m. Free Admission
Where: WTF Café & Gallery, 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51 (BTS: Thonglor)
Contact: 02-662-6246
E-mail: somrak@wtfbangkok.com

Disco Buddha 1st-28th
The latest works of artist Kamthorn Paowattanasuk, on view daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Mondays.
Where: Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 87 Pan Rd (near Indian Temple) off Silom Road
Contact: 02-234-6700
www.kathmandu-bkk.com

Untamed 17th-Nov
A three-month art exhibition l featuring various pieces from painting and pottery to sculpture pieces by different international artists.
Where: Leapfrog, Ramada Encore Bangkok, 21, Sukhumvit Soi 10, Sukhumvit Road (BTS: Asoke)
Contact: 02-615-0999
E-mail: info@ramadaencorebangkok.com

Thai Trends from Localism to Internationalism 1st-Nov 4
Selected art works that cover seven decades showcase one of the largest exhibitions on Thai art in history. Open daily except Mondays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free admission.
Where: Bangkok Art and Culture Center, opposite the MBK Shopping Center (BTS: National Stadium)
Contact: 02-214-6630/1

A Reality of Water Color 2nd-Nov 10
The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, in conjunction with Chairit Srisa-ngasomboon and APDA Group Co., Ltd., presents this art exhibition, which honors the 84th birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand and aims to raise funds for charitable purposes. Part of proceeds will be go to the TAPASA Foundation (Phra-da-bos school project). On view 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Reception Lounge, Lobby Level, The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Sukhumvit 22
Contact: 02-261 -300, ext. 5938

Maroon 5 Live in Bangkok 8th
The top American rock band – famous for hit songs such as – performs live in Bangkok for the first time.Tickets are priced at Bt4,500, Bt3,500, Bt 3,000, Bt2,000, and Bt1,000 available at Thaiticketmajor.com (www.thaiticketmajor.com). Showtime starts at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Arena, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi
Contact: 02-262-3456

Atif Aslam in Bangkok 6th
The most famous rock legend in the Bollywood music industry comes to Bangkok for the first time. The legendary Atif Aslam has stolen the hearts of millions worldwide, has performed all over the planet, and had his music featured in many top Bollywood films.Atif is a phenomenal performer, captivating audiences with his unique voice and through the very visible passion that goes into his each and every song. An unforgettable evening of food, drink, exhibition, and lots of performances await people of all ages! Show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets at Bt1,950, Bt2,800, and Bt5,000 available at Thaiticketmajor.
Where: Centara Grand Convention Center, Centara Grand at Central World Bangkok (BTS: Chidlom)
Contact: 02-262-3456 or Rise Productions at 083-815-2135
info@riseproductions.com

Piano Recital by Ancuza Aprodu 13th
D & M Music Studio proudly presents a piano recital by internationally renowned French / Romanian pianist Ancuza Aprodu. Tickets are priced at Bt500 and Bt250, available at Robinson Piano on the 5thfloor of Siam Discovery Center (02-658-1080/1) or call K. Mongkol at 081-682-8000.
Where: Goethe institut Auditorium, South Sathorn Road Soi 1
Contact: 02-287-2822

The Country Wife (Play) 10th-13th
Its theme of sexual freedom, gossip, double standards and hypocrisy are as relevant today as they were in the 17th Century but, above all, the play provides plenty of belly-laughs and a really fun night out. Tickets are Bt800, available at Nelson Hays Library Cafe on Suriwong Road and at the British Club (for members).
Where: The British Club, Silom Soi 18
Contact: 081-937-3600

Salon Mondial de Haute Horlogerie 2012 - until 2
Central Department Store presents the “Central International Watch Fair 2012.” The event features a stunning Bt5-billion selection of over 180 of the world’s most respected brands including Corum, Bvlgari, Franck Muller, and more. Enjoy enticing discounts and special offers at Central Chidlom and Watches Department at all branches of Central and Zen.
Beauty, Spa, Health & Sport Festival 6th-14th
Everything related to Health and Beauty; Natural and Herb products; Cosmetics (natural and herb skincare); etc. Open 10:30 a.m. -9 p.m.
Where: Hall 1-8, Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi
Contact: 02-719-0408

Fashion Festival 6th-14th
This fair showcases outfit for men and women; leatherwear; products such as bags and shoes; and jewelry and accessories. Open 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Hall 1-8, Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi
Contact: 02-719-0408

Bangkok International Gift Fair and Bangkok International Houseware Fair 2012 (BIG+BIH) 16th-21th
Gifts, decorative items, home textiles, stationary, toys and games, artificial flowers and plants, handicraft, household products, and small electrical appliance will be showcased in this big annual event.
Where: Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC), Bangna-Trad Road (BTS: Bangna)
Contact: 02 507-8361/4
www.bigandbih.com

Siam Center Pop Cont. until Nov
Siam Center brings to life “Siam CEnter Pop Cont.,” the pop-up stores offering top brands in three areas: Discovery Plaza, Siam Discovery; inside Siam Discovery, and inside Siam Paragon. For purchases of Bt10,000, or more get free one-year subscription of 2 Magazine worth over Bt1,999.
Where: Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon (BTS: SIam Square)
Charity Midnight Run 20th
The annual “Amari Watergate & BMW Charity Midnight Run” now in its 15th year, will again take place this month. Over 5,000 runners, both local and foreign are expected to join.
Where: Street of Bangkok
Contact: 02 6353-9000, ext. 5780-2 or ext. 5021
www.amari.com

The 2nd Fitz Club Tennis Tournament 2012 5th-7th
After the success of Royal Cliff’s first tennis tournament earlier this year, another fun competition is being launched for all Fitz Club members, guests, friends and tennis-lovers!
Where: Fitz Club Health & Fitness Center @ Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Pattaya
Contact: 038-250421 ext.2621, 2622

Charity Jazz Duet Concert 13th
The “Charity Jazz Duet Concert by the River of Kings” stars Viyada Komarakul Na Nakorn and Nareekrajang Kanthamas, Show starts at 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Menam Grand Ballroom. Ticket price is Bt1,200 per person (inclusive of one standard drink). Proceeds go to charity.
Where: Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok
Contact: 02 688 1000

Cinema Diverse 20th
The new film series at the Bangkok Art & Culture Center (BACC), which features award-winning films, in the presence of their director and cast, will screen a new and much-acclaimed film from Philippines this month. “Nino,” the debut-feature of New York-based Filipino director Loy Arcenas, the movie centers on the intrigues, turmoils, and inner secrets of an aristocratic Filipino family, who have suddenly fallen upon bad times. Celia, the opera-singing elder sister tries her best to hold forth, even dressing up her grandchild as “Nino,” the child-Christ, in the hope that it will bring a miracle and improve their condition. The film has a grand cast, and won the top prize at the New Currents section of the Busan Film Festival, as well as the Best Supporting Actress at the Asian Film Awards of the Hong Kong Film Festival. It has been to nearly 20 festivals around the world. Arcenas will attend the screening, together with lead-actress Fides Asensio, one of the best-known opera singers of the country. They will do a Q & A with the audience, after the film screening. The screening is ‘free.’ The Embassy of the Republic of Philippines will serve Filipino food and St Miguel beer, before the film screening. The newly formed ‘Society of Filipinas in Thailand, a dynamic group of Filipina women professionals who plan to involve themselves in cultural and charitable events, are sponsoring the BACC event organized by Films Forum. They are launching themselves this month, with the film-event, at a charitable ‘Halloween Night’ on Oct. 27 at the Sofitel Sukhumvit Hotel. For film event, visit: www.bacc.or.th; Tel: 02-214-6630/8, ext 519. For charity event, contact: 081 927-1049 (LJS)
Where: Bangkok Art & Culture Center, Rajathevee Road in front of MBK Center (BTS: National Stadium)
Contact: Lekha J. Shankar at 085 811-0080

Faulty Towers, the Dining Experience 24th-29th
The Best of British Comedy Comes to Anantara Bangkok Riverside this month. Offering interactive dinner theatre entertainment of side splitting British humor, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa presents “Faulty Towers the Dining Experience” for six uproariously funny nights. Internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, this madcap dinner show is a loosely scripted, pitch perfect tribute to the original British sitcom, Fawlty Towers. First broadcast in 1975, Fawlty Towers is a fictional hotel in the seaside town of Torquay on the “English Riviera.” The plots centre around tense, rude and put upon manager Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), his wife Sybil (Prunella Scales), a comparatively normal chambermaid Polly (Connie Booth), and the hapless Spanish waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs). Each episode reveals their attempts to run the hotel amidst farcical situations and an array of demanding and eccentric guests. To celebrate the show’s 15th anniversary, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa is delighted to present this highly acclaimed slapstick dinner event from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the stylish Brio Restaurant. Tickets are at Bt3,700++ per person, and Bt3,500 including tax for group bookings of six people and more. Special packages with accommodation are also available.
Where: Brio Restaurant, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa (Free boat shuttle service from Saphan Taksin Pier)
Contact: 02-476-0022, ext. 1416
e-mail: riversidedining@anantara.com
www.bangkokriverdining.com (LJS)