By Heather Allen
It is hot and it is dry, I know there are some localized thunderstorms
but apparently that does little to alleviate the drought conditions. I
recall reading that the 27th of April was supposed to be the hottest day
of the year, I am not sure if it was or not but it was certainly very
It certainly gives each one of us something to converse about on a day
to day basis! We walk into the shops and sigh in pleasure at the cool
breeze of aircon and then smile knowingly at someone in the shop who is
also enjoying the cool air. In an attempt to avoid sky high electric
bills from having the aircon on all the time we all head to the malls
and coffee shops.
However, in our bid to avoid the heat perhaps we are avoiding other
things as well, concerts and shows, wilting in the heat does not mean we
have to see our cultural events wilt as well. The arts are a vital part
of Chiang Mai society and even though many of us have departed for
cooler climes to avoid the heat those of us who remain should ensure we
fill in the gaps.
The temptation to stay at home in our air-conditioned comfort and watch
TV or sit in air-conditioned comfort in the movie theatres is strong.
However, we should make sure we support our local artists and venues as
well, for without us in the low season, they may not have many customers
So, for those of us remaining in Chiang Mai, do not be afraid to
perspire a little! Get out, have some fun and support your favourite
venues and events so that they are there for you to enjoy in the high
season as well.