On December 13–16,2018, Wonderfruit, Thailand’s carbon-neutral four-day celebration of arts, music, and ideas, is set to give creative inspiration for the zenith of sustainable and cross-cultural living. This year’s Wonderers can expect to explore and be enthralled with Wonderfruit’s six pillars: the primary theme is Art & Architecture, together with Music, Farm to Feasts, Talks & Workshops, Wellness and Family. Showcasing the festival’s sustainable ethos is the eco-design of its architectural structures, camps, and installations, whilst enjoying a handpicked selection of world-class artists sharing their talents at #Wonderfruit2018
MUSIC LINEUP PACKED WITH TOP NAMES
In addition to previously announced artists including Goldie and the Ensemble, Nightmares on Wax, Huun Huur Tu, Craig Richards, Margaret Dygas, Job2do, Sirintip, Mathew Jonson (Live), Young Marco, Nicolas Lutz, Sóley, Costlywood and Knower, the final phase is further expanded with more unique and cross-cultural artists spanning the music spectrum. Prepare to experience different techno rhythms by the marching band MEUTE and experimental artist Kangding Ray while embarking on a new electronic adventure with Boy Bjorn, Crussen (Live) and Stavroz (Live). Witness a variety of cross-cultural music by Alena Murang, DuOuD and Mammal Hands. Added to this extensive list, more music styles prepared for Wonderers to discover are those from Alligatorz, Two Pills After Meal, and Weep Show with Borgar & Howie B.
THE WORLD’S LARGEST EXPERIMENT IN EMPATHY ENGINEERING
In a first-time collaboration with the Waldorf Project, a well-known group of artists who offer a radical immersive experience through all senses, an experiment in empathy engineering will be attempted. Following an impressive FUTURO performance in London, where, on a small scale, they proved that empathy can be engineered through a creative transformation of senses, this time around they will attempt it with a festival-wide audience. The performance includes 250 dancers from the Bangkok Dance Academy, alongside the UK’s core team. Artificial Intelligence will also take a fundamental role as the ‘third choreographer’ passing empathy through body movements and making the impossible possible. The masterminds behind the Waldorf Project, including artist Sean Rogg, have been working closely with the Wonderfruit team for over six months on “FUTURO-X”. This is a truly revolutionary concept, both for the Waldorf Project itself and Wonderfruit.
The Theatre of Feasts returns this year with a range of Feasts (prior reservation required) created by prestigious and innovative chefs from different parts of the world. Among them are one-starred Michelin restaurant Bo.lan by Chef Bo — Duangporn Songivsava and Chef Dylan Jones, serving well-balanced and unique Thai dishes, as well as Chef Chalee Kader (100 Mahaseth), Chef Prin Polsuk (Samrub for Thai) and Chef Num Triyasenawat (Samuay & Sons) who will showcase Thai street food with an array of grilled meat-on-sticks dishes to dip in Nam phrik (or Thai relishes), while Chef Garima Arora of Gaa will let Wonderers explore her extraordinary and innovative dinner feast. Chef Paolo Vitaletti (Appia and Peppina), Chef Jarrett Wrisley (Appia and Soul Food Mahanakorn) & The Guest List will also be in The Fields, allowing Wonderers to experience their dishes, created with a sustainable approach, for Sunday’s late lunch.
INTRODUCING WONDER KITCHEN
Offering an interactive culinary experience that goes beyond a meal, Wonder Kitchen debuts this year by giving Wonderers an opportunity to closely witness a chef’s kitchen theatrics as they prepare their dishes. They have the option to learn even more by joining their master classes and cooking workshops. The Wonder Kitchen will see feasts prepared by Chef Black — Phanuphon Bulsuwan, who will showcase Eastern Thai cuisine with locally sourced products. Chef Ik – Bunn Boriboon will team up with Takashi Hirasawa, founder of Lacto-Life, to host a probiotic workshop, where participants will learn more about the healthy bacteria, and how to include them in their daily meals. Thailand’s Top Chef Chef Tam — Chudaree Debhakam will also host a workshop and a dinner at Wonder Kitchen. Mark Lloyd, who holds two Guinness Book of World Records awards, will introduce a zero-waste bar and workshops on making cocktails from food scraps.
EXPERIENCING CAMPS, THE WORLDS WITHIN WONDERFRUIT
Launched for the first time in Asia, Polygon Live features underground house and techno DJs and live performers amidst the polygonal bamboo structure using 3D virtual-reality sound technology from L-Acoustics. One of the most sought-after destinations for dance music lovers will be filled with an immersive lineup, including Santi & Tuğçe (Live), JPatterson (Live), David Dorad, Viken Arman (Live), Martha Van Straaten and Xique-Xique.
This year, Wonderfruit will bring SOT back to The Fields. Running 24 hours a day, the urban venue will be flooded with Bangkok’s top curators in music, food, and drinks. Prepare to indulge in an eclectic mix of music by international DJs from 4-time DMC champions Pfel & Greem (C2C) to Chicago rapper Kweku Collins, joined by many more local established acts. A newcomer to The Fields, The Hamlet is a cozy theatre-in-the-round, packed with entertainment, food and drink among comfy cushions and a collage of tie-dyed fabrics.
REALIGN YOUR ENERGY AT WONDER GARDEN
Wonderfruit’s perfect sanctuary to restore your mind, body and soul, Wonder Garden, returns this year with the theme of Axis Mundi, or ‘the world’s center’. It aims to create powerful experiences and allow Wonderers to connect with the universal power through an array of activities, ranging from Chakra Kitchen, a dining experience for those searching for self-rearrangement through Ayurveda, to self-mastery sessions, The Art of Soul Gazing, an ice bath detox with Cryotherapy, a mat-free, laughter-filled Yoga session called Laughter Yoga, the return of gong baths, plus Amazonian Medicine Healing, sacred water ceremonies, 5 Masters: Crystal Bowl Meditative Ceremony and much more.
INSPIRING CHANGE THROUGH SCRATCH TALKS
This year Scratch Talks returns, under its new home of the Eco Pavilion, with a lineup of diverse speakers aimed at encouraging innovation and collaboration. The program will feature a series of thought-provoking conversations on topics such as Radical Healthspan Extension by Dr. Molly Maloof, The Sampran Model Organic Farmers Project in Thailand by Arrut Navaraj, Zero Waste Solutions, and Plastic Pollution by Sonia S. Mendoza, Nice Ad, Shame about the Planet by Naresh Ramchandani and many more.
Additionally, Wonderers can expect a range of experiences that encourage exploration, creativity, and sustainable initiatives. Starting with the Thai Pavilion by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), where they can explore snippets of authentic Thai culture and local destinations, to the Tuk Tuk Bar, a modification of the landmark bus, which offers a varied choice of world-class cocktails from bartenders handpicked by Johnnie Walker. The Moon Shack by Sangsom brings back the golden days of vinyl records, while those looking to chill out can lounge in The Ziggurat – a multilevel sanctuary for beer enthusiasts by Singha.
What: Wonderfruit 2018
When: December 13–16, 2018
Where: The Fields, at Siam Country Club, Pattaya
ßHow much: 4-day passes can be purchased for USD 197 (THB 6,500)
More info: Visit Wonderfruit’s website for more information on securing your tickets, travel, and accommodation.