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Kids day out at OP Place

Student dancers loved the pink “Elephant Parade” elephant.

By Shana Kongmun
Despite the hustle and bustle of incoming presidents and prime ministers at Le Meridien next door the Children’s event at OP Place was a roaring success. The kids were unfazed by the activity focusing instead on the games, dances, and fashion show. The parents were perhaps a bit more fazed by the metal detectors next door, the busy streets and the scarce parking but the kids had a blast and that was the intent of the entire afternoon.

Young ballerinas from Sangdao took to the stage and danced their hearts out.

Students from the Sangdao School for the Performing Arts performed in tutus and tippy toes, with many a young girl breathlessly watching the older ballerinas en pointe, dreaming of the day when they could look so elegant and beautiful.
Younger dancers also took the stage, and despite their youth, did a great job. There was also a kids fashion show emceed by Alice Moe that saw many a youngster come back out for a second turn on the catwalk. The kids seemed to have a lot of fun and the day turned out to be a smashing success for vendors and kids alike.


Student Auditions to speak at upcoming TEDx event

In a bid to engage the youth of Chiang Mai, the event organizers have reserved 3-5 slots for young speakers and will be conducting student auditions on 22 June 2013 at Varee Chiangmai School. Invitations have been extended to the local and international schools as well as faculties at the local universities. Auditions for university students may be held later. The public is welcome to join.
TEDxChiangMai will be held on 14th September 2013. This inaugural event, with focus on the theme of “Smart Societies”, evolved from previous smaller TEDx events in Chiang Mai — TEDxDoiSuthep (2011) and TEDxThapaeGate (2012).
TED is a non-profit which started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader, especially with the launch of its TEDx Program (x=independently-organized TED event) which aims to bring communities, organizations and individuals together to stimulate dialogue and catalyze ideas through a TED-like experience at the local level.
TED’s mission is underpinned by a passionate belief in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, cities, and, ultimately, the world. TEDxChiangMai will provide a local and global platform in the spirit of TED’s “Ideas Worth Spreading”. In local scope it will further develop Chiang Mai’s creative economy and support the Chiang Mai Creative City initiative. Taking things to a global level, the event will be broadcast live on the Internet, and all talks will be recorded at high-quality and uploaded to TEDx’s YouTube channel which has attracter over 80 million viewers in the past 4 years.
“This could be the biggest creativity and idea forum in Thailand. We are in discussions with some very exciting speakers and will begin to announce speakers in the near future,” says Martin Venzky-Stalling, license holder and curator of TEDxChiangMai.


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Kids day out at OP Place

Student Auditions to speak at upcoming TEDx event