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Japanese culture exhibition

Thai-UK Teen Network Launch

The Wonders of 3 Cultures

Federal Anti-Narcotics Community donates proceeds of Charity Ball to needy children

An evening of Christmas song and dance at Gong Dee Studio

SOS from Santa Claus!

16th Chiang Mai Food Festival November 29 - December 5


Artistic elephants a ‘draw’ card

Japanese culture exhibition

Chin Ratitamkul

Saburo Sato, the Japanese Consul in Chiang Mai, presided over the opening ceremony of the Thailand-Japan Exchange Culture Exhibition 2003 at Central Airport Plaza.

Sabudchai Victory Drum from Chiang Mai Dramatic Arts College.

At the exhibition, there were performances of Thai fingernail dances and a sabudchai victory drum show from Chiang Mai Dramatic Arts College. The street performers, called U-Stage, were invited to represent the Japanese show in this exhibition.

U-Stage brought performing marionette dances, Japanese drums and acting in Japanese folklore. In 2001, U-Stage had a very successful trip to England for four months; consequently the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs rewarded them and publicized their performance in their annual magazine in 2002.

Last year, U-Stage went to the United States, United Kingdom and Europe and 2003 they plan to perform in ASEAN countries.

Thai-UK Teen Network Launch

Ravee Phoewhawm

The Thai-UK Teen Network (TUKTN) will be officially launched in the north at the Rydges Hotel Chiang Mai on November 22. The British Council is the UK’s principal organization for educational, cultural and technical co-operation with overseas countries. They create an opportunity to connect with the latest skills, ideas and experience and build long term partnerships and networks between Thailand and the UK.

The Thai-UK Teen Network will build links between Thai and British students through real and virtual learning activities. Classroom-based activities will be through the British Council’s partnership with the Ministry of Education linking schools in Thailand and the UK in teaching and learning.

The learning process will also include after-school programmes and vacation activities aimed at developing teamwork and leadership skills.

The Thai-UK Teen Network will enable both Thai and British students to develop a better understanding of the worlds of education and work.

Why join the network?

* To improve your English with students of the same age in the UK

* To learn about today’s UK through fun activities and competitions

* To join in British Council film shows, music events and other activities

* To make friends in the UK and around the world

A Thai-UK Teen Network member you will receive regular English language updates on:

* Fun activities such as sports days, competitions and football coaching with UK Premier League clubs

* The RealUK competition - each year two prize winners will go to the UK for two weeks and meet modern British stars in sports, fashion and music

* Learning opportunities at the British Council and in your school

* Career guidance from adult members of the Thai-UK Alumni and Professional Network

The Thai-UK Teen Network is for all Thais between 13-19 years old who have involvement in British Council projects, language courses and activities, or have benefited from some aspect of education in the UK - and for all British teenagers who have an educational or cultural link with Thailand.

The Wonders of 3 Cultures

A once in a lifetime event

Natchawi Srirat

From November 28 - 30, Thai Airways International with the cooperation of the Thai government and a number of private companies will host a spectacular celebration of art, crafts and culture.

The event in the morning will be held at Northern Village, Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai and the opening ceremony on November 28 will begin from 12.30 p.m.

In the afternoon, enjoy afternoon OTOP shopping for traditional Thai goods, and evening fun and excitement with the dramatic night program at Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Centre (The Three Kings Monument) starting from 7 p.m. every night until November 30.

The event will showcase the very best traditions of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar on the opening of THAI’s new air links between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang and Yangon, and inaugurate Chiang Mai as Thailand’s northern aviation hub.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event. Come be a part of the event and uncover the Wonders of Three Cultures.

For more information, please visit www.thaiairways.com

Federal Anti-Narcotics Community donates proceeds of Charity Ball to needy children

The Federal Anti-Narcotics Community, an international federation of law enforcement agencies primarily based in Bangkok, has donated the proceeds of its annual Charity Ball to the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children.

Dr. Rebecca Lomax, treasurer of the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children, and Frank Weicks, one of the founding members attended the Charity Ball in Bangkok, which raised 150,000 baht for the fund.

Representatives from 16 countries and the United Nations gathered on the evening of November 15 at the Sukhothai Hotel in Bangkok to ‘dine and dance’ and raise baht for FERC’s scholarship fund. Raffle tickets for prizes that ranged from round trip tickets to Australia to jewelry to tuxedoes were sold, raising 150,000 baht for the fund.

John Irvine, one of the organizers of the event, announced that this was a 50% increase in the amount that had been raised in previous years.

Rebecca Lomax and Frank Weicks traveled to Bangkok for the event. Both were founding members of FERC, and Dr. Lomax currently serves as its treasurer. Further information on FERC can be gained from its website, www.thai-rural-education.org

An evening of Christmas song and dance at Gong Dee Studio

The Chiang Mai Choral Society under the direction of Rainy Riding with David Wilson as pianist will present an Evening of Christmas Song and Dance on December 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. at Gong Dee Studio.

Admission is free, although donations will be accepted. Hand-carved jade jewelry and other jade display pieces designed and carved at the Orchid Jade Factory have been donated by Waranan Pongcharoenkul and will be sold at intermission. Proceeds from sales will support the Choral Society as well as Rejoice Urban Development, which provides care and support to children with HIV/AIDS.

This year’s concert will feature both sacred and secular Christmas music, and will include vocal, piano and flute solos and ensembles as well as a dance performance. Rumor has it that St. Nicholas will be visiting.

SOS from Santa Claus!

Annual Santa Claus Party for HIV positive children coming up again!

Marion Vogt

After the big success last year, where 48 children from the care of the “Rejoice Children Project” in Chiang Mai were treated to an unforgettable day of joy and laughter, the organizing committee will do it again, this year on Saturday, December 13 at ‘The Pub’ from 2 - 5 p.m.

Dot Delaney will make sure the money is spent 100% on presents and medication for the HIV positive children.

Dot Delaney, the energetic Chiang Mai resident started to get the ball rolling and just from mouth to mouth information she has already received 10,000 baht. She said she hopes that with a bit of luck all children survived this year, since it would just be great to have them back to treat them again to an afternoon of fun. This year they have invited 60 children, not only 48. The invited kids are all born HIV positive and therefore their lifespan is very limited.

The donations will be spent for presents, so that every child will go home with a beautiful parcel, according to their sex and age, something personal which otherwise could never be afforded by the parents or caretakers. The ‘leftover’ money will be spent on medication which will be bought by the main organizers, Dot Delaney, Anne Dawson, Poolsuk Mansfield and Khobkaew Tucker. Every single baht will be spent for the children only and extras like clowns, magicians and balloons are all being sponsored by people with soft hearts.

If you are one of those as well and your question now is “how can I help?” the answer is simple. If you have some spare time to help feed the children, or play little games with them, just drop by at The Pub on Huay Kaew Road on December 13 before 2 p.m.

If you prefer to give money, this is perfectly in order, but if you have well maintained toys, clothes or blankets at home which you do not need anymore, you may want to consider donating them to these children. Please ring Dot at 01 671 1638.

16th Chiang Mai Food Festival November 29 - December 5

50 restaurants chosen for the Central Airport Plaza venue

Phornphimon Thimsat

More than 50 famous restaurants have been accepted by the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office to be part of this festival. There will be many activities such as food demonstrations and free tastings, cookery shows by prominent people in Chiang Mai and games and food related competitions.

Wicharn Tangtontrakul (2nd left), president of the Chiang Mai Restaurant Club, Udom Poursakul (3rd left), Chiang Mai deputy governor, Kiattisak Saythai (4th left), president of the Chiang Mai Restaurant and Entertainment Club, Orachorn Chanwiwattana (5th left), general manager of Central Airport Plaza and Aungkana Pumphaka (6th left) of TAT, Chiang Mai Office are cooking a big pot of “Gang Kae Kai Muang” to be displayed at upcoming food festival.

One of the objectives is to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday, supporting “Clean Food Good Taste” and “Menu for Heart”, promoting Chiang Mai and the Chiang Mai Restaurant Club (C.R.C.).

The festival will run November 29 - December 5 from 4 p.m. - midnight at the Activity Zone (behind the parking building) Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai.


Sunbelt now open in Chiang Mai

Sunbelt Asia Co., Ltd. announced the opening of its latest office here in Chiang Mai. The owner and managing director of the office is Gar Weatherhead, an American, who has lived and worked in SE Asia for 14 years.

Sunbelt Asia is part of Sunbelt Business Brokerage, the largest business brokerage firm in the world, with 350 offices in 16 different countries and already four offices in Thailand.

People who ever dreamed of owning their own business now can choose from over 50 business listings in Northern Thailand. These include hotels (3 and 4-star), guesthouses, restaurants, karaokes, bars, internet cafes, mini-marts, e-mail cafes, and more!

On the other hand, if somebody wants to sell an existing business, they will be happy to find a buyer with a fair price from their extensive, world-wide client base.

For more information, please call: 053-400-210 or email: [email protected] work.com or visit their website at: www. sunbel tasia.com

Artistic elephants a ‘draw’ card

Mae Sa elephant camp produces maestros

Natchawi Srirat

The Mae Sa Elephant Camp together with the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel held an artistic exhibition with a difference. All the artists were elephants! The novel exhibition was put forward as another unique attraction for visiting tourists.

Elephant artist Kong Kam paints his own excellent artwork. (Photo by Phornphimon Thimsat)

Not only were the pachyderm paintings on display, but the “Renoir” of the jumbos, an elephant named “Kong Kam” was on hand (or perhaps rather ‘on foot’) to show participants how to paint beautiful flowers. Kong Kam is an expert in this style of painting and was trained by the Mae Sa Elephant Camp who have been running courses in painting techniques.

Currently there are seven elephants artists at Mae Sa Elephant Camp: Kamsan, Lankam, Duanpen, Wanpen, Kong Kam, Panpetch and Songpan. They all are good at painting but in different styles. Wanpen and Kong Kam are good at painting motifs like flowers, trees, golden bamboo, grape and plum blossoms. They are the first two elephant artists in the world who have these painting skills.

The amazing feature of these elephants, other than the fact they are the largest artists on earth, is that they do enjoy and produce excellent art.

The Mae Sa Elephant Camp will train you in elephant art techniques as well, but first you have to show you can hold a paintbrush in your trunk and be prepared to wear a very large artist’s smock.