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Foreign teens on stage at local venue

Lamphun School Band competes in the Netherlands

Musical performances mark Thai-Chinese 30 year anniversary

Local horse riders acquire official coaching status

Chiang Mai Rajabhat University taking Thai dramatic art to China

Foreign teens on stage at local venue

Vincent Leutwiler (student trainee)

If you go to ‘The Resort’ on Friday and Saturday evenings you will catch two foreign youngsters, Stephanie, 14, and David, 12, rocking on stage with the house band.

The stars of the evening, Stephanie and David.

The two Canadians take singing lessons from one of the band’s members and were given the chance to show their talent on stage. They immediately took up the offer to sing during their school summer break.

They perform some well known songs including ‘Where’s The Love’ from the Black Eyed Peas and ‘In The End’ from Linkin Park.

The resort is located on Charoen-Raj Road close to Wat Faham. For more information call 053262099 or visit their webpage at www.

Lamphun School Band competes in the Netherlands

Chiangmai Mail reporters

Suanboonyopathum Lamphun School won the Thailand Band competition at the national stadium in Bangkok and received a trophy presented by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. With this, they win the right to go to the 15th Marching Show Bands Championship in the Netherlands. We wish them well!

Musical performances mark Thai-Chinese 30 year anniversary

Preeyanoot Jittawong

The Office of National Culture Commission in the Ministry of Culture and Thai-Chinese culture conservation workers organized a "Songs of friendship" performance on the occasion of Thai-Chinese 30 year anniversary at Kad Theater, Central Kad Suan Kaew, Chiang Mai on July 6.

Suda Phanomyong sings with piano.

Thailand and China are neighboring countries and have had a good relationship for several centuries. Economic, political, education and sport exchanges have helped maintain the good relationship between the countries. July 1, 2005 was hailed as the 30th anniversary of the recognition of the relationship, and a special music performance was organized representing the cultures and long relationship between both countries.

Musical experts from both countries performed, including Ge Yong from China and Suda Phanomyong and Dussadee Phamonyong from Thailand.

Local horse riders acquire official coaching status

Vincent Leutwiler (Student Trainee)

Three local equestrian specialists were in Bangkok to take part in the Fédération Equestre Internationale coaching system training which took place this week. The specialists, Dittagorn and Pakinee Pantapa of the local Ladda Land Riding Club and Wisaruth Tanpun of Pak Squadron received their certificate of completion of the introductory and level one courses of the FEI coaching system, which as one specialist said, "might be the next system of coaching in Thailand".

Nobody is too young to start riding lessons. Here little Dacey is playing with the horse.

14 Thai equestrian specialists took part in the courses in Bangkok. The objective of the course was for the participants to be officially acknowledged as coaches of the Fédération Equestre Internationale coaching method. In the courses the participants learned all the rules which apply to the different equestrian sports, the tactics as to how they are carried out, a unit on safety, the techniques used in jumping, dressage and eventing, stable management skills and several other units related to the equestrian sport.

The Ladda Land Riding Club is situated on the Canal Road between the Phucome Hotel and 700 Year Sport Complex. For information contact Tom or Pak at [email protected].

Riding at Ladda Land

Chiang Mai Rajabhat University taking Thai dramatic art to China

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai Rajabhat University is preparing to perform Thai dramatic art in China, on the occasion of a Thai food festival to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Thai-Chinese relationships.

The Thai consulate general in Kunming invited the university to present the show July 23-29 in Guiyang, Guizhou precinct and Changcha, Hunan precinct.

Asst. Prof. Ruangdech Wonglah, president of Chiang Mai Rajabhat University said that six performances were being staged, Rabum Ching, Chuichai Phra Lor Long Suan, Fon Saomai, Rum Manora Buchayan, Serng Kratip and Rumwong Matratan, and, during the final performance, guests would be invited to join in.

Not only will the performances be Thai, but the food also. This would be used as a method to promote Thai food and dramatic art and it could enhance the image of Thailand and encourage a continuing good relationship between Thailand and China.