COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

November

The “Unity for Health, Following up His Majesty the King’s Footprint (royal initiatives)” Fair organized by the Chiang Mai Provincial Health Office is happening now and continues through November 3 at Chiang Mai University Conventional Hall. Outdoor stage performances by hill tribes, local displays and instrumental shows, academic lectures about health and mind care, many stalls exhibiting and selling local health products and food from 24 districts. Health services, physical tests, blood pressure checks, stress clinics, IQ/EQ tests, bridal pair evaluation, Chinese style medical science, yoga, bone massage and many health tests are included in the fair, plus Tai Chi exercises at 5 p.m. at the fountain area.

The 6th Home Show runs from November 2-10 at the Chiang Mai Business Park, near the Carrefour Department Store. More than 100 export entrepreneurs from the central and northern regions will be at 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 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.

Live music at the British Council The British Council Chiang Mai is holding a garden party on Tuesday November 12 beginning at 6.30 p.m. Live music by the award-winning Mangrove Steel Band, a ten-piece group from the UK, plus live jazz music later in the evening. British and Caribbean style food and British beer.

Yipeng Festival (Loy Krathong) November 16-20. “Official” festivities will be held at the Thapae Gate grounds, the Chiang Mai Municipality grounds, and around Chiang Mai City’s moats. Activities begin with a Buddhist ceremony at Wat Lok Moli Temple on November 16, celebrating the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s birth, and the 50th anniversary of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. Opening ceremony November 18 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Thapae Gate grounds. Activities all over the city include 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. Also as part of the festival, there will be a Bamboo Rafting Competition on November 19. Four competitors per team will race bamboo rafts 3 meters wide, 6 meters long, and 2 story’s high. The competition will start in front of Muang Mai Market and go along the Ping River. Cash prizes and trophies for winners. Also on November 19, the municipality will hold Diving Championships into the Ping River in front of the municipality building. The competition is open for males aged 18-45. The competitors are required to wear the sa-dor, northern style pants and loincloth. Competitors dive into the Ping River and the diver who is able to stay under the water for the longest period will be the winner. (Hopefully he will not have drowned!) For more information, contact the municipality, tel. 053 252 478, ext 485, or fax 053 251 476.

Mae Ping Beer Garden, Imperial Mae Ping Hotel has arranged an “entertainment program for everyone” featuring Thailand’s top musical talents and a variety of amusements. November 1-2 meet Laem Morrison, Guitar King, and the temporary reunification of the V.I.P. Band, led by Niwat Kongkaew, Roaning Sahe, Eakmunt Bhopanthong and Win Kamphee starting from 9 p.m. November 16-17 – the amusing Cliff & the Shadow of Thailand show performed by Sermwesh Chuang-Yanyong, Worapot Ruannak, Umnaj Srima, Niwat Kongkaew and Wanyos Mitranon starting from 9 p.m. November 27-28 The Dynamic Band, led by Surasee Ittikul, Moo Kaleidoscope, Kornness Waseenon, Somchai Krisanaseranee, and Suriya Puengthongthai beginning at 9 p.m.

Dok Buatong Festival (Mexican sunflower) at Doi Mae Ukor in Mae Hong Son Province November 1 - December 15. Organized by the Mae Hong Son Provincial Office, the annual festival celebrates the spectacular blooming of the Mexican Sunflowers around Doi (Mountain) Mae Ukor, in Khunyuam District. The opening ceremonies for the festival are November 9 on the slopes of Doi Mae Ukor, and a wide range of activities are planned including displays of local products, sales of handicrafts, and local cultural art performances. For further information contact 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.

December

December 1 at the Mae Ping Beer Garden, Imperial Mae Ping Hotel - the battle of the titans: Manchester United versus Liverpool live on the giant projector and surround system. December 10: “Carabao in Concert”, led by Add-Carabao, Terry Mekhawattana, and Lek-Carabao beginning at 9 p.m. December 20 Carlsberg Cowboy Night 2002 includes: Kung Kittkun and Bhusaming Noasawan in concert (country music), cowboy games, beer drinking, sawing and fighting contests, and the Chamberland Band in concert. December 31 - Welcome the New Year at Fantasia Night 2002 - Chamberland Band in concert, two nice singers Meaw and Tom, Elvis show and dancing with merry music, grand dance show, grand cabaret show, celebration salute, count down for the coming year.

Chiang Mai Mardi Gras and Music Festival 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. Changklan Road (Night Bazaar) will be decorated in Lanna style, and there will be 3 major activities: the Fascinating Hotel Food & Beverage, the Fascinating Pub & Restaurant and the Fascinating Made in Chiang Mai Handicraft. There will also be 3 separate stages, the Center Stage, Talent Show Stage, and the Cultural Stage. Lanna musical plays, Lanna dances, and contests, plus a modeling and music contest for the HRH Princess Ubolratana Trophy. The Mardi Gras and Music Festival parade takes place on December 11, running from Chiang Mai Railway Station through Charoenmuang Road and Tha Phae Road, then left into Chang Klan Road. List of events for the three day festival include: December 11, Center stage: 6 p.m. music concert, 8 p.m.; Miss Mardi Gras and Star Mardi Gras contest, 10 p.m.; Carabao concert. Talent Show Stage: 8 p.m. talent show, 9 p.m. acting show, 9.30 p.m. talent show, 11 p.m. Fancy Fashion Show, 11.20 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 12 - 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. dance contest (1st round), 11 p.m. talent show. Cultural Stage: “Sawasdee Theme” 7 p.m. Thai instrumental, youth acting, Thai dance, fencing dance, 9 p.m. “Sawasdee” show, 9.30 p.m. Thai dance, and Lanna dance, 10.30 p.m. Lanna instrumental. December 13 - Center Stage: 6 p.m. music concert, 8 p.m. famous guitarists concert (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. dance contest (2nd round), 5 p.m. talent show and the results of Music and Dance contests. 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 14 - Center Stage: 6 p.m. music concert, 8 p.m. modeling contest, 10 p.m. official opening ceremony by Prime Minister Taksin Shinawatra, 5 p.m. rhythm & blues concert. Talent Show Stage: 7 p.m. 1st and 2nd runners-up and winner of music contest shows, 8 p.m. 1st and 2nd runners-up and winner of dancing contest shows, 8.30 p.m. talent show, 9 p.m. winner of music and dancing contest show, 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.

January

The Maejo Fair 2003 to showcase local developments will be held January 23 – 26 at Wingspan Pitch fairgrounds on the Maejo University campus, Sansai District, Chiang Mai. Government departments, foundations, royal projects, private clubs and associations will exhibit their wares. The fair’s objectives include showcasing the works of royal agricultural projects, highlighting development in science and technology in agriculture and the environment, and to preserve local culture and give academic advice to farmers. Exhibitions, seminars, competitions, dealing with plants, animals and pets, agricultural products, demonstrations, entertainment, traveling, sports, and retail shops.

February

The 3rd EXPOMAP will be held February 3-7 at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, organized by the International Council for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (ICMAP) in cooperation with Chiang Mai University. Medicinal and aromatic plants experts from all over the world gather for a conference, academic meeting and exhibition. Exhibitions of medicinal and aromatic plants, many coming from shops in Chiang Mai. In addition, cosmetics, supplement foods, and useful plants will be shown at the fair. The Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University revealed that this fair has been well promoted all over the world, stirring up interest from nearby countries and people from Bangkok. The Medicinal Herbs Tour from Bangkok will be coming straight to our Chiang Mai fair.

Mass Lanna Wedding Ceremony, Valentine’s Day - Khum Khantoke, through Watchara Tantranon, has announced plans to marry 50 willing couples in their “Lanna Valentine’s Wedding” to promote Lanna wedding dress styles and to introduce the Lanna style wedding ceremony. Khum Khantoke will provide a free wedding celebration for one couple from each district. The bridal couples can invite 10 guests and pay only 300 baht each for additional guests. The other 30 brides and grooms can join the ceremony by paying 30,000 baht for 50 guests or 50,000 baht for 100 guests. All the couples will be provided with the costumes and all the paraphernalia necessary. Brides and grooms’ customary wedding parade will start from in front of Carrefour Department Store at 7 a.m., led by two elephants, and followed by 48 tricycles, leading to the Singha grounds where the guests will be waiting. The ceremony will proceed according to the Lanna ritual until late at night.


Alliance Française Chiangmai

November 2002 Film Programme

Tuesday,

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.

Tuesday,

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.

Tuesday,

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

Tuesday,

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