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.
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
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
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
in the back, Mr. Michael and Mr. Oskar from Denmark. Seated: Janet
Henry, Wuttipong Arayatumsopon and Vanita Sethi.
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.
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
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will award the trophies for
floats that win the top prize in three different categories;
beauty, creativity, and conservation.