Japanese culture exhibition
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.
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
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
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
* To join in British Council film shows, music events and
* 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
* 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
The Wonders of 3 Cultures
A once in a lifetime event
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
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.
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
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,
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
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!
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
artist Kong Kam paints his own excellent artwork. (Photo by Phornphimon
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
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.