This year’s Yipeng Festival (Loy Krathong) will run November 16-20

This year’s Loy Krathong festivities will be held at the Thapae Gate grounds, the Chiang Mai Municipality grounds, and around the Chiang Mai City’s moats. Preparations for several activities are underway with the first being a Buddhist ceremony at Wat Lok Moli temple on the 16th of November, celebrating the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s birth, and the 50th anniversary of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The opening ceremony of the Yipeng Festival (Loy Krathong) will be on November 18 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Thapae Gate grounds. On that day, there will be several activities all over the city including the Noppamas Kids’ Contest (for the wonderful children who sit in the big Krathong for their beauty contest) and many other shows at Thapae Gate, the Yipeng Lantern Contest on Chang Klan Road, and other interesting activities at the Municipality Office grounds and Ping River banks.

Every year, the Chiang Mai Municipality arranges krathong floats, with the krathongs decorated with flowers and candles on the river to remind us of the Lord Buddha and to pay respect to the goddess of the river. This festival is very important here, and should continue to be conserved and supported, being one way to promote its art, culture and tourism.

Chiang Mai Mardi Gras and Music Festival coming December 11-14

The second Chiang Mai Mardi Gras and Music Festival will be held this year in the Night Bazaar area, from December 11-14, and it is hoped this will help promote tourism to the region.

Following the success of the first Chiang Mai Mardi Gras last year, the Municipal Tourist Information has again organized this festival and has plans to make it into a long-term project.

Along the street of Changklan Road (Night Bazaar) which will be decorated in Lanna style, there are 3 major activities, comprising the Fascinating Hotel Food & Beverage, the Fascinating Pub & Restaurant and the Fascinating Made in Chiang Mai Handicraft.

There will 3 separate stages, the Center Stage, Talent Show Stage, and the Cultural Stage. Each stage has many activities, especially the Talent Show Stage where people who are interested can join in and show off their talents.

On the other stages, there will be performances such as Lanna musical plays, Lanna dances, and contests. There is also a Modeling and Music Contest to win a cup from Her Royal Highness Ubolratana.

The official opening ceremony will be on December 14th, presided over by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The actual Mardi Gras and Music Festival parade will be on December 11th and will go from Chiang Mai Railway Station through Charoenmuang Road and Tha Phae Road, then turn left into Chang Klan Road.

The table of events at this stage consists of:

December 11th

Center stage: 6 p.m.; Music concert, 8 p.m.; Miss Mardi Gras and Star Mardi Gras contest, 10 p.m.; Concert from Carabao.

Talent Show Stage: 8 p.m.; Talent show, 9 p.m.; Acting show, 9.30 p.m.; Talent Show, 5 p.m.; Fancy Fashion Show, 5.20 p.m.; Talent Show.

Cultural Stage: 8 p.m.; Instrumental and Thai dance, 9 p.m.; “Welcome to Mardi Gras 2002”, 11 p.m.; Lanna Instrumental.

December 12th

Center Stage: Music Concert, 8 p.m.; Oldies Music concert (Elvis Thailand, Cliff & Shadow, The Beatles Nuts and Dynamic Brand).

Talent Show Stage: 7 p.m.; Talent show, 8 p.m.; Music contest (1st Round), 9 p.m.; Talent Show, 10 p.m.; Dancing contest (1st round), 11 p.m.; Talent show.

Cultural Stage: “Sawasdee Theme” 7 p.m.; Thai instrumental, Youth Acting, Thai nailed-dancing, Fencing Dance, 9 p.m.; “Sawasdee” show, 9.30 p.m.; Thai nailed-dance, and Lanna dance, 10.30 p.m.; Lanna instrumental.

December 13th

Center Stage: 6 p.m.; Music Concert, 8 p.m.; Concert from famous guitarist (Lam Morison, Kitti Karnsatit and Y not 7).

Talent Show Stage: 7 p.m.; Talent Show, 8 p.m.; Music Contest (2nd round), 9 p.m.; Dancing contest (2nd round), 5 p.m.; Talent show and the winner of Music and Dancing contest’s result.

Cultural Stage: 7 p.m.; Thai instrumental, 8 p.m.; Lanna instrumental, 8.30 p.m.; Fashion show, 9.30 p.m.; Acting show and instrumental.

December 14th

Center Stage: 6 p.m.; Music concert, 8 p.m.; Modeling contest, 10 p.m.; the official open ceremony by P.M., 5 p.m.; Rhythm & Blues Concert.

Talent Show Stage: 7 p.m.; the 1st and 2nd runner-up winner of music contest shows, 8 p.m.; the 1st and 2nd runner-up winner of dancing contest shows, 8.30 p.m.; Talent Show, 9 p.m.; the winner of music and dancing contest shows, 10 p.m.; Talent show.

Cultural Stage: 7 p.m.; Lanna instrumental, 8 p.m.; Lanna music concert, 8.30 p.m.; Lanna drum show, 10 p.m.; Lanna Dance.

Dok Buatong Festival (Mexican sunflower) at Doi Mae Ukor in Mae Hong Son Province begins next week

The Mae Hong Son Provincial Office is arranging the annual festival celebrating the spectacular blooming of the Mexican Sunflowers across the country around Doi (Mountain) Mae Ukor, in Khumyuam District, from November 1 - December 15.

During the festival there will be flowers and traditional activities that should be of great interest to visitors. The cool winter air of this misty province’s mountains is a welcome relief and visitors can take trips to the various places of interest, as well as immerse themselves in the magnificent fields of giant yellow sunflowers.

The opening ceremonies for the festival are November 9 on the slopes of Doi Mae Ukor, and a wide range of activities and displays of local products, as well as sales of handicrafts and performances of local cultural art forms will be on display.

Further information: TAT Mae Hong Son Office, 053 612 982, fax. 053 612 984, Khunyuam Forestry Department Offices, 053 691 133, Khunyuam District Office, 053 691 108. (TAT Travel News)

Doors open at the 6th Home Show November 2-10 this year

by Nuttanee Thaveephol

Dr. Weeradej Jitsakdanon, the executive director of Union Pan Exhibition Co. said that they would stage the 6th Chiang Mai Home Show November 2-10 this year at the Chiang Mai Business Park, near the Carrefour Department store. The fair will encourage the regional economic sector and focus on income distribution to the locality.

More than 100 export entrepreneurs from the central and northern regions have indicated their intention to attend the exhibition, which is expected to bring in more than 100 million baht during the nine day fair. Many of the export items will also be available for sale to local shoppers.

In addition to the furniture and home decor items, there will be special corners called “One Stop Shop” or “Zoning Amazing Shopping Thailand”. These goods are from Thailand, and will include items such as ornaments, leather work and ready-made clothes.

Alliance Française Chiangmai

November 2002 Film Programme

November 5 &
Friday, November 8

India Song (1974) by Marguerite Duras with Delphine Seyrig, Michel Lonsdale, Mathieu Carri่re, Claude Mann, and Vernon Dobtcheff * 120 min

India in the thirties during the summer monsoon in an overpopulated city by the Ganges. That evening, at the ball given by the ambassador, Anne-Marie Stretter goes from one to another but refuses the love of the vice-consul. He leaves in the night crying out. The next morning, Anne-Marie, probably touched by his passion for her, disappears.

November 12 &
Friday, November 15

Lumiere D’ete (1943) by Jean Gr้millon with Pierre Brasseur, Madeleine Renaud, Madeleine Robinson and Georges Marchal * B&W * 113 min

The French upper class is chastised in this socially conscious drama that focuses on a young naive woman who travels to a mountain resort with her fianc้, expecting a romantic weekend.

November 19 &
Friday, November 22

Table Tournante (1988) by Paul Grimault with Paul Grimault and Anouk Aim้e * 90 min

This full-length film made by Paul Grimault, born in 1905 and who won many awards for his cartoons - Prix Louis Delluc, the Berlin Golden Bear - is an assemblage of clips from several productions. It presents a number of cartoon characters who chat with the director and ask him to show them films which were produced before they were born

November 25 &
Friday, November 29

Ce Que Savait Morgan (1974) by Luc B้rault with Rufus, Anouk Ferjac, Andr้ Falcon and Jean-Pierre Brisson * 52 min

The Morren family hires Pemberton as a private tutor for their son Morgan. Pemberton is far from being wealthy and the social anti-conformity of his employers makes them unable to pay him his wages. However, a strong relationship sets up between the teacher and the pupil