Kids day out at OP Place
Student dancers loved the pink “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
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
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
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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