What’s up in April
Songkran festivities are always celebrated with a bang in Chiang Mai and is infamous for extending the usual three-day water festival to a full week. The grand celebrations start with the bathing of Phra Phutta Sihing image and a procession around the city. Then, it progresses to more funfilled activities. Where: Chiang Mai
Indulge in the culinary pleasures of the “3rd Samui Fine Dining Festival,” a dining extravaganza presented by a selection of top Samui restaurants until end of this month. This is for the increasing number of individuals who consider fine dining as an essential element of their lifestyle and a significant topic when choosing a holiday destination. For those who are keen to expand their culinary horizons, the festival offers a wonderful opportunity to do so every day, as each participating restaurant presents a superb individual Fine Dining menu complemented by wines. Thai hospitality is all around and service always comes with a smile so don’t miss out on this amazing chance to experience Samui at its finest. Participating restaurants are: Banyan Tree, Beach Republic, Chef’s Table, Dining on the Rocks, Le Jaroen, Nikki Beach, Ochos, Rockpool, Sala Samui, Sui Kin Pan Asian Restaurant, The Barge Fine Dining, The Edge, The Five Islands Restaurant, The Terrace, Tree Tops and Zazen Restaurant. Organised by the Cool Genie Group, the Samui Fine Dining festival is a corporate activity between hotels, resorts, private restaurants, suppliers and local media. There is additional cooperation from Absolute World, TAT, PATA, Bangkok Airways, G Four Fine Wines and Lombard Champagne.
Where: Koh Samui
Where: Bangkok and Nationwide
Where: Samut Prakan Province
Where: Patong Beach, Phuket
Where: Bangkok University Gallery, Bangkok University’s Kluay Nam Thai campus, Rama IV Road
Where: Bangkok Art & Culture Center, Wang Mai, Pathumwan, Bangkok (BTS National Stadium)
Where: 99/45 Belle Ville, Boromrachachonanee Road
Where: L’Appart Restaurant, 32nd floor, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd (BTS: Nana)
Where: Lobby, InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Koh Samui
Where: Central World, 999/9 Rama 1 Rd (BTS: Chidlom)
Where: 139/5 Wireless Rd (BTS: Ploenchit)
Where: Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 87 (near Indian Temple), Pan, off Silom Rd.
Where: Queen’s Gallery, 101, Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd
Where: Bangkok Art & Culture Center, Wang Mai, Pathumwan, Bangkok
Where: Bangkok Art & Cultural Center, Rachathevi Road (BTS: National Stadium)
Where: Challenger Hall 1-3 Impact Arena Muang Thong Than, Nonthaburi
Where: Challenger Hall 2-3, Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi
Where: BITEC Bangna (BTS: Banga)
Where: Queen Sirikit Center National Convention Center, Rachada Road (MRT: QSNCC)
Watch out for some arresting films in April: “Chasme Baddoor,” “Nautanki Saala,” and “I love New York.” The first is a re-make of a delightful romantic entertainer of the 1980s,with handsome Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar, Tamil superstar Siddharth Narayan, and new actress Taapsee Pannu playing the leads. The second has popular new actor-singer Ayushman Khuranna in some “hot” scenes with debuting actress Pooja Salvi and German model Evelyn Sharma; while the third sees the return of Sunny Deol after a break, in an exotic love-story shot at the Big Apple with sexy siren Kangana Raut.
Check – www.majorcineplex.com/indianmovie.
Longest-running Broadway musical comes to BangkokOne of the biggest cultural events in the city this year, is the staging of the famed Broadway musical “Phantom of the Opera” from May 7 to June 2 at the Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre. “Phantom…” is the longest running Broadway show in history, having completed 25 years and 10,400 shows, this year. BEC Tero teams up with Scenario, the top Thai musical-theatre company, to bring this spectacular stage-production to the city.Based on the story ‘Le Fantome De L’Opera” by French writer Gaston Leroux, ‘Phantom’ was first made into a silent film in 1925. It it hit the world headlines, when it was produced as a stage-musical in 1986, with outstanding music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman playing the lead-roles. The Times called it ‘God’s Gift to Musical Theatre.’ It was this version that was made into a film in 2004, by well-known director Joel Schumacher, with a great cast: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, and Minnie Driver. The movie went on to win three Oscar nominations.
Meanwhile, ‘Phantom’ has become a huge favorite with theatre companies around the world. To date, it has been staged in as many as 145 cities and 27 countries, in 15 languages, from countries as varied as Mexico, Tokyo, Russia, and New Zealand. ‘Phantom’ has won at least 50 major theatre wards, including the top Tony and Lawrence Olivier Awards, the Outer Circle and Drama Desk awards, its album-sales have exceeded a record 40 million, while its box-office revenues have been higher than any other film or stage- play in history, including ‘Titanic,’ ‘ET,’ and ‘Star Wars.’
The present production is on a world-tour of several countries, including Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, in Asia. There are at least 230 costumes and 22 scene-changes in this extravaganza, including one memorable scene with 230 flickering candles and 250kg of dry ice – to denote a dark, foggy night.
The main leads will be played by Brad Little and Clair Lyon, who have performed ‘Phantom’ in many parts of the world, and are excited at visiting new countries and audiences, on this trip.