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Bboy contest brings urban style and dance to Kad Suan Kaew

Thailandfreunde celebrates with awards ceremony for members

Chiang Mai Flower Festival to be held at Nong Buak Had Park

Bboy contest brings urban style and dance to Kad Suan Kaew

By Shana Kongmun
The newest style of street dancing made its appearance in front of Central Kad Suan Kaew Sunday December 27. Junkfootz on the Floor 2009, a bboy and bgirl dance contest with contestants coming from Phrae, Phayao, Lampang, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai entertained tourists and residents alike with their athletic moves and hip hop beats.

Teens from Phayao, Phrae, Lampang, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai perform in the Junkfootz on the Floor 2009 bboy dance contest at Kad Suan Kaew.

An original hip-hop dance style commonly called breaking, it comprises four basic elements which form the foundation of breaking. The first is toprock, a term referring to upright dancing and shuffles. The second element is downrock which refers to footwork dancing performed on the floor. The third element is the freeze, poses that dancers throw into their sets to add punctuation to certain beats and end their routines. The fourth major element of b-boying is power moves. These are the acrobatic movements where the dancer will spin on the floor or in the air, either on hands, feet, head or knees.
A crowd, attracted by the heavy beats, quickly gathered to watch the mostly teenage groups perform the athletic and acrobatic moves characteristic of breaking. Awards were given for best group performance, best individual performance and best in each category.Given the high rate of drug and alcohol addiction, the event’s sponsors do not seem so unusual, Eden Education Center along with Kad Suan Kaew, Soldato, Lee and local guest house Galare. Breaking is considered by many to be not only a constructive way to avoid confrontation but also promotes athleticism and fitness among youth today.

 

Thailandfreunde celebrates with awards ceremony for members

Aniruth Hahnschumset, Isabel and Maurice Benusilho, Michael Boeder,
 Heiko Schmidt, Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon, Mr. and Mrs. Black of Munich (Germany), Frank Sethi, Jui Langenhorst, Rudolf Langehornst, John Valentine,
in the back, Mr. Michael and Mr. Oskar from Denmark. Seated: Janet Henry, Wuttipong Arayatumsopon and Vanita Sethi.

Pressoffice Thailandfreunde
Thailandfreunde, (The Thailand-German Friendship Association) the human rights organization, recently celebrated its Thailandfreunde awards event at the Khao Mao Khao Fang Restaurant in Hang Dong. Around 30 people from various countries attended the event, where the awards were announced, presents were exchanged and the charity group Helfen Germany, led by Michael Boeder, was welcomed by Wuttipong Arayatumsopon, Thailandfreunde Section Chair to the festivities.
Highlights of Thailandfreunde’s events over the year were shown to the crowd, including the Oktoberfest event and the birthday party for Chao Duan Duang na Chiang Mai. A recap was made of Thailandfreunde’s donations over the year. It was announced that Thailandfreunde had donated over a million baht in cash and goods for 2009.
After a toast from American member Janet Henry and Isabel Benusilho from France, the awards were handed out. Benefactor of the Year for 2009 went to Thailandfreunde member and clothing store owner Anniruth Hanschumseth. Thailand Friend of the Year, International went to 86 year old Executive Board member Rudolf Langenhorst while the Thailand Friend of the Year, German National went to Heiko Schmidt. Thai citizens Frank and Vanita Sethi from Fashion King Chiang Mai won the Thailand Friend of the Year Thai Nationals award..
The combination awards dinner and fundraiser raised more than 14,000.


Chiang Mai Flower Festival to be held at Nong Buak Had Park

Nong Buak Had Park is the site of the next Chiang Mai
Flower Festival to be held February 5 to 7.

Staff Reporters
The famous 34th Annual Flowering and Ornamental Plant Festival is scheduled to take place at Nong Buak Had Park, and at the foot of Nawarat Bridge, from February 5 to 7. Chiang Mai Governor, Amornpan Nimanant, said that this
well-known festival would feature a floral parade, a concert in the park, and food and OTOP stalls on Sam Lan Road on Sunday February 7 in conjunction with the Sunday Walking Street Market.
Vendors and participants are encouraged to dress in traditional Lanna dress. There will also be contests for flowering and ornamental plants for the plant lovers and Miss Flower and Miss International Flower beauty contests will also be on offer at the park.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will award the trophies for floats that win the top prize in three different categories; beauty, creativity, and conservation.



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