International Disabled People’s Day celebrated in Chiang Mai
November 22nd was the International Disabled People’s
Day, and in Chiang Mai there were activities to mark this day at the
students from the Anusarn Sunthorn School for the Deaf perform traditional
students from the Anusarn Sunthorn School for the Deaf wear pretty smiles
during their traditional Thai dance performance.
The day began with a parade comprised of disabled people
from the North which commenced at the parking area for the BK Moo Kra Ta
Restaurant, behind the Rimping Superstore. The parade moved through the
streets to end at the Rajabhat Institute. The performances by the disabled
students from schools in Chiang Mai were part of the opening ceremony.
In the grounds of the Rajabhat Institute there were
stalls with products made by disabled students as well as service booths
from hospitals in Chiang Mai demonstrating how they could serve the
students from Srisangwan School watch the stage performances.
students from Kaveela Anukul School perform a “hip” dance on stage.
A seminar covering the topic of “Thai disabled life’s
quality development” was held with Chusak Kantayanont, the consultant to
minister of social and human security development; Nartawadee Poompang, a
blind student from Chiang Mai University; Wittaya Songkham, a member of the
Chiang Mai parliament; Sanit Suriya, the president of the disabled
people’s movement in Chiang Mai and Major Naras Jitrak, a chaplain from
the 33rd military. One of the seminar’s goals was to request from the
government more quality of life for the Thai disabled.
The day finished with a concert, comedians and clowns, and performances
by disabled children.
International Conference on Religion and Globalization coming to Chiang Mai
The Institute for the Study of Culture and Religion at
Payap University announced that an international conference will take place
from July 27 - August 2, 2003 in Chiang Mai. From now on, Payap University
will accept program proposals, covering full panel presentations as well as
individual paper proposals.
Saeng Chandrangam, one of the senior advisors of the advisory committee from
Payap University for the International Conference on Religion and
Proposals will be welcomed around 5 broad conference
themes, whereby full panel proposals are for 2-hour sessions, and individual
paper proposals are for 30-minute presentations. The themes are:
1) Religious Diversity and Interfaith Relations in a
Global Age - including topics concerning religious pluralism, missions,
religious conflict and reconciliation, and inter-religious dialogue.
2) Religion and Global Society: including themes related
to social and economic justice, ecological concerns, human rights,
structural violence, gender, tourism, prostitution, AIDS/HIV, media
technology, arts, culture and other facts of life in our contemporary world
viewed from religious perspectives.
3) Religious Reform and Reformulation for a Global Age:
including themes, tasks and issues focusing on the transformation of
religious doctrines, ritual, practices, institutions, et cetera that are
related to the process of globalization.
4) Historical Perspectives in Inter-religious
Interaction: Case studies.
5) Methodological and Philosophical Issues in
Intercultural and Inter-religious Communication and Exchanges.
Proposals should be sent via email to [email protected] mkzc.org
with a copy to [email protected] Deadline for submission is January 31,
Additional information can be obtained from the website:
www.religionandculture.org, and further inquiries may be made through
Professor John Butt at Payap University, Chiang Mai (email: [email protected]
cm.ksc.co.th), or Professor Ruben Habito, Southern Methodist University,
Dallas, Texas, USA (email: [email protected] mail.smu.edu), or Rebecca Lomax, Ph.D.,
Conference Coordinator, Payap University, Email: [email protected]
Charity concert coming to CMU next weekend
Suan Anya Funds, the Center for the Promotion of Arts and
Culture of Chiang Mai University and the Petroleum Authority of Thailand
Public Company Limited will promote a charity music concert entitled
‘Muang Nue Mua Now’ on December 8, from 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. at the Chiang
Mai University Art Museum.
One objective of this music concert is to create new
songs for Chiang Mai, and perform the old favorites in chamber music style
produced by Naowarat Pongpaibul a national artist; Mala Kamchan - Sea
Write’s award wining author; Saksiri Meesomsueb, Sea Write’s poet;
Wiluck Sripasang and Sathaporn Srisajjung.
The chamber music orchestra has composed many of the
songs in the concert with well-known singers out front including Suntaree
Waychanon, Surachai Janthimathon, Book Keetawattanam, Lerdyot
Khantithammawong and Pathinya Tungkrakul.
Northern Penitentiary Products Exhibition coming soon
Chalermsak Suranant, director of the Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT) Northern Office Region 1 has informed the Chiangmai Mail
that the Chiang Mai Restaurant and Entertainment Association in cooperation
with the Penitentiary Department, with the support of the TAT, has arranged
an Entertainment and Food Festival and the Northern Penitentiary Products
Exhibition at the Kad Kham Tieng fairgrounds near Tesco Lotus Department
Store. The festivals will run December 13-22.
In both festivals, there will be food stalls from over
100 restaurants and produce stalls from over 40 prisons in Thailand. There
will be Lanna dance performance, famous Thai folk singers, cabaret shows,
aerobic dancing, free health checks, culture shows from four areas of
Thailand, and the biggest longan cake in the North.
Organizers of the festivals hope to attract the 10,000
athletes who are coming to participate the Chiang Mai Games.
Festival for Chiang Mai ‘foodies’
The 15th Chiangmai Food Festival will be held on December
4-10 from 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. at Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai. The Food
Festival is part of the celebrations for the 75th year Anniversary of His
Majesty the King.
There will be “20 baht dish” promotions, with at
least one dish at this price in every restaurant, plus celebrity cooking
demonstrations, fruit and vegetable carving, ice carving, vegetarian food
demonstrations by Taiwanese chefs, shows and live bands, and the promotion
of garbage reduction by asking people to bring their own pinto (the four
tiered food containers) to the festival.
Golf courses prepare for Korean tourists
Charter flights packed with Korean golfers ready to tee
off will commence in December this year and continue till well into February
next year. These will be operated by both Korean Air and Thai Airways. The
meeting between Korean travel agents and tourist business and government
organizations in Chiang Mai was held last week to thrash out final details.
This meeting was attended by the Tourist Authority of
Thailand, Tourist Police, Hotel Association, Guide Association, Restaurant
Association, Airports Authority of Thailand and the golf association in
Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces.
All participants in the meeting appeared to be ready for
the up coming charter flights that bring Korean tourists, who will boost the
Chiang Mai economy. Managing director of Chiang Mai-Lamphun Golf Club, Dr.
Sukhum Sukapanpotharam said, “We will assuredly provide the best service
to the Korean tourists.”
It is hoped this is the first step in the tourism
development of the Northern region, and this is also the first joint venture
by Korean Airlines and Thai Airways in these charter flights.
Everything’s coming up roses!
The Chiang Mai Rose Festival 2002 coming next month
The rose growers in Chiang Mai will hold the Chiang Mai
Rose Festival 2002 December 20-22 at the Kum Tieng plant markets (the
markets are on a side street just south of the Super Highway and just west
of Lotus Super Center).
Kriengkrai Kanongdechachart, the director of Chiang Mai
Provincial Agriculture and Cooperative Office said that the rose growers
hold the Chiang Mai Rose Festival every year. This year the festival will be
open from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and the event is supported by the Tourism
Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1, Agriculture Department,
Chiang Mai Provincial Agriculture and Cooperative Office, and the Kum Tieng
The activities in the festival include contests for the
best roses, an exhibition of roses, and rose planting demonstrations,
demonstrations on how to make dried roses using microwave, flower arranging
contests, rose drawing contests, a rose clinic, and the display of the roses
from the Phu-Ping Royal Palace.
Rock Shocks the Cold tonight
Warm blankets for the needy
Thai Worldview Foundation in co-operation with Jeep Club
Chiang Mai ’94 have organized a rock concert, “Rock Shocks the Cold”
in Lan Ban Kheaw (Green House’s Ground) tonight, Saturday November 30. To
get there, head out of the city on Huay Kaew Road towards Chiang Mai U and
Doi Suthep, cross the irrigation canals, pass the Chiang Mai Phucome Hotel
on the left, a bit further on Lan Ban Kheaw is on the left across from Lanna
Pongtada Suriya, managing director of Thai Worldview
Foundation, said the aim of the concert is to collect clothes and blankets
to donate to the poor.
Performers at the concert will play all the standards and
favorites from groups and artists such as Santana, the Eagles, Credence
Clearwater Revival, the Beatles, Badfinger, Mountain, Rainbow, the Hollies,
John Cougar Mellencamp, the James Gang, Steppenwolf, Steely Dan, Jefferson
Starship and the Bee Gees.
Local artists drawn from the Chiang Mai Musicians Club
will provide the entertainment and there will be a gathering from the big
bike enthusiasts to join in this charity activity.
Other support for this concert comes from Weera Panitch
Co, Pom Klung Co, Road Side Restaurant and Jatupong Printing House.
To give support and donate contact the Thai Worldview
Foundation 053-408 285, Jeep Club Chiang Mai ’94 053-872 757, Weera
Panitch 053-852 345, or Chiang Mai Musicians Club 01-7643551.