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Chiang Mai Creative City continues to grow

Fashion auction raises funds for the elephant hospital

EU Film Festival brings some of the best European films to Chiang Mai

Loy Krathong Schedule for 2010

Chiang Mai Creative City continues to grow

Dr. Nat Vorayut, Vice President of Research and Academic Services at Chiang Mai University is joined by Martin Venzky-Stalling, Consultant, U.S. Consul General in Chiang Mai Susan Stevenson, British Honorary Consul Ben Svasti Thomson, and Dr. Avorn Opatpatanakit, of Chiang Mai University at the Chiang Mai Creative City Logo awards held at the Box on October 29.

The Chiang Mai Creative City took one further step with the awarding of the Logo and website competitions held at the Box on Nimmanahaeminda Road. U.S. Consul General Susan Stevenson joined Martin Venzky-Stalling and other members of the Chiang Mai Creative City Development Committee in the difficult task of selecting the winners of the competition. After long discussion, the following three logos designers were selected with Tul Lek-uthai taking first place, Weerasak Buddharaksa second and Jiratham Ngarmsuk third. Khun Weerasak also received the prize for best presentation (A Samsung Smart Phone).

The chosen winning logo for the Chiang Mai Creative City competition was designed by.

For the websites, an insufficient number of submission were received, however, in order to recognise the efforts made, three honorary prizes were awarded instead, with an award of 8,000 Baht to the three chosen websites. Those websites were created by Sansern Moolsri for first, Hatthapong Nanthachong for second and Praphatsorn Nartwichai for third.

The evening was well attended with many local businesspeople and University lecturers taking part in the networking. The logos were presented by each of the designers in a presentation cut short by the last of the season’s rains. However, despite this, the event carried and an eventual winner was chosen.

The Chiang Mai Creative City is striving to diversify Chiang Mai’s economy and grow it into a truly creative economy that envelops all aspects of design and IT.

The Chiang Mai Creative City Development Committee
is joined by honored guests at the start of the presentations.


Fashion auction raises funds for the elephant hospital

Members of the 200 Club were joined by friends and other guests at a special auction at the Chedi Chiang Mai on October 29 where elephant painted fashions were auctioned off to raise money for the Elephant Hospital in Mae Taeng. The inimitable Sally Ward organized the deluxe evening, with the beautiful gowns taking center stage as bidders vied to buy the unique pieces. The Elephant Clinic in Mae Taeng has been built from donated funds and is working to buy an elephant sized scanner in order to treat injured elephants that live in Chiang Mai, thus saving them the hours trip to Lampang to be treated at the hospital there. For more information please visit http://www.chiangmaielephants.asia/ . Be sure to attend the final 200 Club fundraiser of the year at the Citylife garden party Sunday, November 28. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

EU Film Festival brings some of the best European films to Chiang Mai

By Phitsanu Thepthong

A grand selection of films by some of the best European directors was brought to Chiang Mai for the European Film Festival 2010 starting November 4.

Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul, and Mr. Attila Nyitrai, Deputy Head of the EU toast during the opening ceremony.

Mr. Attila Nyitrai, the new Deputy Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation told the Chiang Mai Mail that “We would like to show EU films to local audiences and share the experiences and provide people with inside cultural exposure. We hope that this event will promote people to people contact between Thailand and Europe. And we hope to promote better understanding between the different cultures of the people of Europe and of Asia.”

He added that “The film festival is a part of our series of cultural activities carried out here in Thailand, And we are very pleased to be here and honored to be able to come, and show the local people of Chiang Mai, what is EU, and what the art direction or film director of Europe have to use.”

“We are featuring 19 films for the show from 16 EU member countries with a wide selection of the films so that local people have a wide selection. Of course, they give insights into European cultures, and give the theme on how the European artists of different nationalities look at the work,” he noted.

The specific theme for this year’s festival is the best film director. So, all of those the films here were selected from the best European directors and artists. This year’s EU Film Festival brings to the North works by some of the best European film directors. The festival started with an opening reception on the November 4, at the 140 Years Lanna Ancient House.

The 13th EU Film Festival in Chiang Mai is an ideal venue right in the very heart of Chiang Mai, where Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Dissakul presided over the opening ceremony.

“It’s very difficult to choose the best ones, or any of them, it is very much up to individual tastes, which one is the best, you can judge yourself, and you can come every day, and make selections which film you like most,” he suggested, adding that “Absolutely there are different that is why you can make your own decision,” he said. Ms. Suvi Seppalainen, the Press Officer of the EU Delegation in Thailand told Chiang Mai Mail that a Belgian film was the opening film of the festival, and “we have traditional credited country that always makes the opening ceremony.

The Belgian film, entitled “Loft”, filmed in 2008 by Erik Van Looy, is about five men who share a secret spacious loft where they quietly receive and entertain their lovers and latest conquests. However, one winter morning they discover the body of a young woman. No one knows who she is or how she got there. As the men try to uncover what happened they begin to suspect one another. It becomes clear that they know far less about each other than they initially thought.

Ms Suvi said, “It’s the thriller that had a very good response in Bangkok and I hope, people here can have a chance to watch it. It’s really a good film.”

The film festival ran free of charge until November 14 at various venues and covered all different genres, from action, thriller, romance, comedy and more, Ms. Suvi noted.

The EU continues to promote European culture, both Mr. Attila and Ms. Suvi noted, with photo exhibitions, education fairs, and more. A recent education fair was held at CMU, and the EU Ambassador came to help promote it.

Ms. Suvi added that, “Apart from those, we do a lot of work with university students for example, we organized one of the biggest English language debate tournaments in Thailand and we also try to create more events and promotion. Our Ambassador and staff members usually go to schools and universities to talk about the EU and explain relations with Thailand.”

Suvi remarked that beside educational fair held in Bangkok and Chiang Mai there were also fairs in other provinces. “Under the EU plan, e will go to other provinces like Khon Kaen later this year, as this is a part of the our tour program. There will be also film festivals open for everyone at the universities.”

Mr. Attila added that “ We have to be realistic when considering the size of Thailand, and its population of 60 million people when compared to some EU countries with a population of 5 -10 million people. So to cover the whole country, sometime it is a difficult task.”

David Lipman, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union said, in a written statement, “We are proud to bring the EU Film Festival to Thailand for the 19th time. Cinema is a wonderful way of showcasing the wide variety of European culture and the European food festival will bring a tasty addition to this event. I warmly welcome everyone to take part in the festival.”

The highlights of the 2010 festival included feature films which have won multiple prestigious awards at international film festivals such as Little Girl Blue (Czech Republic), Letter to Father Jacob (Finland) and Thesis (Spain). The EU Film Festival 2010 is organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand and the Embassies and cultural organisations of the EU Member States.

Loy Krathong Schedule for 2010

All month:

The Lantern Display :“ The Color of Yi Peng Chiang Mai”. All day until the end of November, at various points around the old city moat and Chang Puak Gate.

One of the many elaborate lanterns on display around the city.

The Lantern Display:”The Miracle of Himmaphan Forest” All day until the end of November at Suan Dok Gate.

The International Lantern Display: All day until the end of November at 3 Kings Monument.

The Lanna Lantern Display for H.M. the King All day until the end of November at Tha Pae Gate.

Novemberr 19, 21 & 22:

Lanna Folk Song Singing Contest/ cultural performances in front of theMunicipality Office. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

November 19-22:

Krathong Release Ceremony to free the unlucky (the Great Sermon) Wat Phra Singh 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

November 20:

Opening Ceremony of Yi Peng Chiang Mai Festival, 2010 3 Kings Monument 6 p.m. to10 p.m.

Silverware and Lacquerware Fair Wualai Road 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

19th Yi Peng Lantern Procession Contest From Tha Pae Gate to Panthip Plaza 6 p.m. to midnight.

Yi Peng Kids Contest in front of Municipality office. 6 p.m. to midnight.

November 21:

The worship rituals to the house of spirits and white pagoda at Sri Khong Pier in front of the Municipal office 8:09 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Hot Air Balloon & Giant Hot Air Balloon Contest in front of the Municipality Office 9 a.m. to noon.

Krathong Making Contest ( natural material ) In front of Municipality Office 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walking street and Lanna cultural performances. Rachadamnoen Road 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Small Jataka Krathong Processions Contest from 3 Kings to in front of Municipality Office 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

November 20-22:

Front Gate Decoration. All day at temples in Muang Chiang Mai.

Yi Peng Lantern Exhibition Wat Inthakin 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Traditional Dhamma Preaching, Rice Alms Giving and Traditonal Fire Lantern Contest at Wat Lok Molee .10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sirimangkala Yi Peng Conservation Ceremony Buddha Sathan, Chiang Mai 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Floating Krathong Contest Office to Municipality toNawarat Bridge 6 p.m. to midnight.

Music Talent Show - No Alcohol In front of the First Church, near the Nawarat Bridge 6 p.m.to midnight.

Krathong Sai Lanna Floating Municipality Office -Ping River 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

November 20-21:

The Great Sermon for Yi Peng at Wat Inthakin-3 Kings Monument 5 p.m.to 10p.m.

Lanna Local Market at 3 Kings Monument.5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Miss Yi Peng Beauty Contest Tha Pae Gate. 6 p.m. to midnight.

November 21-22:

Happiness Talent Stage - HIV prevention campaign next to the Chiang Mai Governor’s Residence. 6 p.m. to midnight.

Fireworks presentation for H.M. the King and the devotion to Lord Buddha at the Municipality Office 6 p.m. to midnight.

November 22:

Giant Krathong Processions Contest starts at Tha Pae Gate to the Municipality Office 6p.m. to midnight.

Wisdom conservation for Yi Peng Festival at Wat Muang Sart Noy. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Demonstrating how to to make a Krathong from natural materials, the floating Krathong contest will take place from November 20-22 every evening on the Mae Ping near the Municipality office.