National Events & Festivals
Bangkok Edge Festival
What: Bringing together all kinds of art forms in Bangkok’s first ideas festival, the “Bangkok Edge” is a thought-provoking mixture of art, literature, music, performances, workshops, exhibitions, entertainment, and more. The event features several well-known local and international authors, thinkers, and artists such as Jung Chang, author of “Wild Swans”; Kevin Kwan, author of ‘Crazy Rich Asians, a novel in process to become Hollywood film: and Veeraporn Niriprapha, 2015 S.E.A Write Award Winner. Highlights of the night include a live mini-concert by famous artists, such as Hugo and Palmy.
Where: Museum Siam, Chakrabongse Villas and Rajini School
How much: Free entry but THB 500 Chill Pass for tour and drinks at Chakrabongse Villas available More info: visit www.bangkokedge.com
Lunar New Year Fest
What: Thailand celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year with food, events, performances, and other ceremonies, both religious and otherwise. An obvious manifestation of the festival is the Mooncakes Festival, with the celebratory goodies available in many stores and bakeries. Many parts of the kingdom, especially those with big Thai-Chinese communities mark the event with various festivities that sometimes last for a week or so.
What: One of the most important Buddhist day is celebrated on full moon of the third lunar month. The miracle of the occasion was the arrivals of over thousands of Buddha’s disciples without being summoned. Witness the amazing lightings of candles from around 7p.m. in every temples as the monks and Buddhist believers pray in unison.
Where: Temples in Thailand
More info: Tourism Authority of Thailand Call Center 1672
Trade Fairs & Shows
Shopping & Beauty Event
What: An event geared for all shopaholics out there, with special focus on products created by the Young Thai Designers and Import-Export Brands.
Where: Zone C Ground, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Racahada (MRT: QSNCC)
More info: 02 229 3000
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair
What: The premier exhibition that showcases exquisite gems and jewelry all around the world has now come to IMPACT. Handcrafted, contemporary, traditional, urban jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones, will be on display and sold.
Where: Challenger 1-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani
How much: Entrance fee is THB 100
More info: Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association at 02 630 1390-7; Email: email@example.com
Arts & Culture
Around the Corner
What: Phradabos Foundation donate their revenues to help disadvantaged children get an education and is one of His Majesty’s many significant projects. This art exhibition, curated by Chantana Srisawat, presents stories and express emotions through different art disciplines.
Where: Sky Lobby at Centara Grand, Central World (BTS: Chidlom, Siam)
How much: Free entry
More info: 02 100 1234, ext. 6753-56
Prudential Eye Awards Show
What: Prudential Eye Program and Marina Bay Sands are showcasing Asia’s most exciting contemporary art from shortlisted artist in the categories of Digital/Video, Installation, Painting, Sculpture and Photography, presented by LG Electronics. On its 3rd year, the Prudential Eye Awards represents artists from across the region from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Bangladesh, and Singapore.
Where: ArtScience Museum and Saatchi Gallery, Singapore
How much: S$5-S$13
More info: visit www.prudentialeyeawards.com
What: This is the next exhibition by Anon Pairot after his last one titled, “Absurd Aesthetic.” It is a series of paintings that were inspired by the Rorschach psychological inkblot test.
Where: Schemata Gallery, Liberty Plaza, Rd, 55 Sukhumvit, Phrakanong, Bangkok
More info: 088 088 8066
German Open Air Cinema 2015/16
What: This event every Tuesday features a special insight into today’s movie culture of German speaking countries with the latest works from various movie directors. There is no entry fee.
Where: Goethe-Institute, Goethe-Institute, Sathorn 1, 18/1 Soi Goethe Bangkok
More info: 02 108 8231/2
Made by Paris?
What: Wisharawish received a rare six months scholarship from the French Embassy and Ministry of Culture in Thailand to further develop his talent for contemporary arts, design, and fashion at the Cité Internationale des Arts in France. The “Made By Paris?” exhibition is set to showcase the Parisian lifestyle during his stay there.
Where: Adler Subhashok Gallery
More info: 02 662 0299
Until March 22
What: Golden Teardrop or “Thong Yod” is a traditional Thai dessert and is the theme of this multi media exhibition by Arin Rungiang that features 5,000 brass miniatures, a documentary, photographs and research documents.
Where: Jim Thompson Art Center, 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd, Wang Mai, Pathumwan, Bangkok
More info: 02 612 6741
Concerts & Gigs
Sukhothai Live Orchestra
What: The TAT is organizing this event to promote the Fine Arts Department of Thailand. The concert features the Symphony Orchestra with special guest singers and a Thai puppet show from Joe Louis. An added highlight is the light show in front of Wat Mahathat at the Sukhothai Historical Park.
Where: Wat Mahathat National Park, Sukhothai
How much: THB 900, THB 1,200 including dinner
More info: 02 262 3456 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Santana Live in Bangkok
What: Carlos Santana, the Latino rock legend, will perform with Thai veteran rockers, Carabao, in the Bangkok leg of his “Santana Luminosity Tour.” Not a first timer in the “Land of Smiles,” Santana has visited the kingdom over five times in the course of 10 years. The multi award-winning artist is expected to deliver a high-energy and crowd-pleasing entertainment.
Where: Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi
How much: THB 2,000-THB 5,000
More info: 02 262 3456 or email: email@example.com
Diana Krall’s “Wallflower”
What: Five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall is no wallflower to the industry. Known as one of the most accomplished musicians in the world, she visits Thailand anew as part of her current world tour. Krall has worked with mega-famous artists such as Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and Elton John, and it is obvious that her musical taste has been inspired by the living legends.
Where: Royal Paragon Hall (BTS: Siam)
How much: THB 1,500-THB 5,000
More info: 02 262 3456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wine & Dine
Jazz by the River
What: Saxophonist Aht Gunlayanakupt, from ‘Thailand’s Got Talent 2011,’ headlines this jazz event, which hopes to attract music lovers to the city’s “River of Kings.” The event is part of a bigger effort to promote tourism along Chaopraya River, and complemented by a gourmet activity featuring delicacies by the hotel’s chef. Lucky guests get a chance to win two round-trip tickets from Bangkok to Sydney with Thai Airways plus free accommodation per every THB 2000 spent. Enjoy the festivity Fridays to Saturdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Riverside Terrace, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers
More info: 02 266 9214 or email: email@example.com
What: Celebrity Chef Vivek Singh–who has appeared on cooking shows in the U.K. such as “Saturday Kitchen,” “Masterchef,” “Market Kitchen,” “Taste of London,” and “BBC Good Food Show”—brings his passion for cooking to Thailand and gives us an opportunity to sample well-crafted Western-style cuisine with Indian spices right here in Bangkok. Seating will be limited and reservations are highly recommended.
Where: Vertigo Rooftop, Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel, Sathorn Road
More info: 02 679 1200
The Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Master 2016
What: Top players from around the world are competing for the Badminton World Federation’s “Grand Prix Gold Award” in Thailand. Competitors include world champions from South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Germany, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, China, and Malaysia.
Where: Nimibutr Stadium (BTS: National Stadium) How much: THB 50- THB 2,000
More info: 02 255 3391 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Burapa Pattaya Bike Week
What: Bikers from all over the country are invited to join in this Pattaya event to raise money for charity. The event is one of Pattaya’s biggest events in February.
Where: Pattaya Sports Arena
Garden of Love Wedding Fair
What: Hilton Pattaya is hosting a celebration of love and offering the most romantic wedding package couples can enjoy — from the ceremony to the evening reception — in this wedding fair. Each participating couple who buys a package receives a complimentary dinner for two at Hilton Pattaya.
Where: Central Festival Pattaya Beach
More info: 03 825 3000 or email: BKKHP.Pattaya.Events@hilton.com