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Sangob Loka Foundation holding charity fundraiser for permaculture

Sangob Loka is a foundation promoting self-sustainability and permaculture assisting people from remote rural areas in northern Thailand towards food abundance by designing their own community food forest and to encourage mindfulness towards nature.

They are organizing a fundraiser for their first “Permaculture Impact Project” on 6 October from 6 PM onwards at the Spirit House Restaurant. There will be a traditional Lanna ensemble playing music as well as a northern Thai food “all you can eat” buffet, admission is 400 Baht. The profits will be used to start their “PIP’ in the school of Chaem Luang village, near Wat Chan (Karen ethnic minority), ultimately aiming to provide the students with fresh daily organic food.

This will enable the school to act as a role model within their community while reforesting the area using permaculture. The project is divided into 3 phases, composting, creating raised beds for vegetables and designing a food forest with fruit trees, flowers and bushes as well as some small farm animals. More info about their projects can be found at www.sangobcm.blogspot.com
 


Murals galore

Local artist LiLi Tan is well known for the murals she helps local children make at orphanages and worker campsites around Chiang Mai, here she is joined by friend in putting the finishing touches on a fabulous mural at the soon to be opened Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant. Filled with detail, from Butterfly or Anchan flowers, butterflies, anthuriums, and even a small Ganesha to bring good luck, the wall glows with life bringing a bit of the outdoors inside in vibrant colors. Be sure to check out the mural when the restaurant opens on October 19 at 7 p.m.. Located down the small soi off Nimmanhaemin behind Hillside 3, it’s the last door on the left. You won’t be able to miss the vibrant colors glowing from the end of the street.


Learn Khon in Bangkok

Arts On Location presents Khon Workshop 2012. Designed for artists who have little or no knowledge of Thai theatre, this workshop is a skill-developing as well as a cultural program aiming at performance artists and theatre practitioners, who have a strong interest in gaining good grounding and insightful knowledge in the art of Khon within its cultural environment, and context.
Khon is one of the most influential traditional performing arts of Thailand and has survived to this very day side by side with a variety of other traditional Eastern theatre practices, such as Noh theatre, Beijing Opera and Kathakali drama. These Eastern theatre traditions have inspired many internationally renowned artists such as Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine and Eugenio Barba to develop their own unique style and innovative theatrical vocabulary at an international level.
The program, trained by Masters Julachart, and Master Pattanapong from The College of Dramatic Arts, is consisted of physical work based on two main masked characters, the Demon (Yak), and the Monkey (Ling). Participants will learn the Khon warm ups, the core choreography (Mae Tha), language gestures, the movement characteristics, and the combat choreography. There will be a day visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to see the infamous wall painting of Ramayana Epic. The workshop will end with a short presentation, when the participants will experience performing Khon in full costumes and masks.
Suitable for Theatre/ performance art practitioners, namely dancers, actors, physical theatre performers, directors, choreographers and drama/performance Students (Undergraduates & Postgraduates)
The course runs from 17-21 December 2012, the fee is 8000 Baht. Please note that the entrance fees to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is not included. Minimum number of participants: 10
To apply, please send in your CV, and a letter with your statement of intention to [email protected] .net. Deadline for application 16 November, 2012.


A “Don’t Miss” documentary from Japan

“The Miracle of the Gifted Quarter - Life’s Truth is Revealed-” directed by Fumiko Irie will be screened at the Chiang Mai University Art Center’s Theater on Saturday, October 27, 2012. This documentary follows Katsuko Yamamoto, a teacher at a school for challenged children, and her students. One of the students the film follows is Yukie, a teenage girl suffering from a fatal illness. Despite her illness, Yukie loved and accepted everything about herself, including her illness, the paralysis it caused, and her inevitable death. The film’s director focuses on gratitude; gratitude for the things we have rather than bemoaning the things we do not have.
This moving documentary has been screened worldwide and is now coming to Chiang Mai, the opening is held at 1:40 p.m. on October 27 in Japanese with a Thai translation and the first showing of the film, in Japanese with Thai subtitles is at 2 p.m. This will be followed by performances from both Japanese and Thai artists from 3:50 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The movie will be screened with English subtitles at 6 p.m. with the opening in English held at 5:40 p.m. Tickets for one showing of the film and the show are 100 Baht, students 50 Baht. Free Admission for the disabled, as well as the teachers and aspiring teachers of special needs schools or organizations. (Cash back at the site after the film). [email protected] 053-317-865. 080-502-2887 (Noi). Tickets can be purchased at the Café Dindee at the CMU Art Center, Gigantea Japanese Restaurant on Chang Moi and the Chiang Mai Japanese Association at the Maninaracorn Hotel.


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Sangob Loka Foundation holding charity fundraiser for permaculture

Murals galore

Learn Khon in Bangkok

A “Don’t Miss” documentary from Japan