Japanese handicrafts on display at TCDC
Kite by“Kintaro to Yamauba”, Aomori Prefecture.
The Japan Foundation, Bangkok in cooperation with Thailand Creative & Design
Center Chiang Mai and Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai presents
“Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan”, a traveling exhibition from Japan
planned to mark the March 11 anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and
Tsunami. The Tohoku region, known for its beautiful sceneries and its rich
local culture and history was highly suffered by the destruction. Local
people were affected, however, have been working closely together to
rebuild, restore peace and normality to their lives as soon as possible.
Woodblock print “The Cave of Lion” 1953 by Shiko
The exhibition shows 70 works which was traditionally crafted by high level
techniques nurtured in the Tohoku region. The display presents works of
various genres – ceramics, lacquer ware, textiles, metalwork, wood and
bamboo crafts, etc, allowing visitors to appreciate the folk wisdom in daily
implements used since ancient times in Japan.
The exhibition opens on March 7 at 4:30 p.m. and is on until April 30, 2015
at the Exhibition Gallery at the Thailand Creative & Design Center Chiang
Mai on the corner of Muang Samut Road and Wichayanon Road.
Popular Biggles Big Band returns to Chiang Mai on March 6
General Manager of the Imperial Mae Ping Resort
Mr. Peter Schnyder and staff announce the upcoming Biggles Big Band Concert
to be held at the hotel on March 6, 2015.
The popular big band group from Amsterdam, Biggles Big Band, is
returning to Chiang Mai on March 6, 2015 at the Garden Bar of the Imperial
Mae Ping Hotel General Manager Peter Schnyder announced with the Assistant
Manager Nongluk Chaitep on February 16, 2015 at a press conference. The
concert will begin at 8 p.m. on March 6 and end at 11 p.m.
Peter Schnyder said “Biggles Big Band is a popular jazz and orchestra band
from Amsterdam, Netherlands. Members of the band perform hits from Glenn
Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and singers include Frank Sinatra and Dean
Martin. The band is led by Adrie Braat, who is also known as a member of the
Dutch Swing College Band, a band that has been playing in Thailand for the
last 3-4 years. They have played at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel about 2
years ago and built a great reputation with over audiences from over 10
countries. People love their performances and requested their return.
Peter added, “Biggles Big Band has spread good news about Chiang Mai after
being so impressed with the city’s hospitality in their previous visits.
Their enthusiasm has helped make Chiang Mai a popular destination with
European jazz lovers. Jazz is also a favorite of Chiang Mai people and there
are many schools, clubs and venues offering great jazz music. The band will
be playing the royal anthem to honor HM the King. It will also be a special
occasion to celebrate 27 years of establishment of the Imperial Mae Ping
Tickets are available for 750 Baht, which includes an international buffet
and chances to win a round trip from Chiang Mai to Yangon with Bangkok
Airways and a health check up with Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai worth 30,000
Mr. Schnyder concluded, “This special band performance is held to not only
exchange traditions between Dutch and Thai people, but is a great way of
promoting tourism and attracting people to Chiang Mai and changing the image
Applications open for Battle of the Bands contest at Promenada
Promenada Resort Mall announces auditions for
the Battle of the Bands competition.
Promenada Resort Mall announced the opening of auditions for
interested musicians for the popular Battle of the Bands contest that will
be held on May 29, 2015 at Promenada at a press conference recently.
The contest will offer prizes totaling 100,000 baht it was announced by
representatives of Promenada and the judges who are Akkarapong Thanakulkij
of the Music Class School, Torntas Maneenate of the Dark Fish Full House
Band and winners of the Fat Awards 2010, and Pantawat Nawik of the Super
Ritard Band, winners of the Master of the Band 2012. Also at the press
conference was a performance by the acrobatic group Max du Soleil.
Registration is opened to all bands of all ages and genders, with a minimum
of 3 band members and a maximum of 9. Music and instruments are unrestricted
and all bands are to perform 30 minutes, starting from February 13th, 2015
till the finals on May 29th, 2015. The competition starts every Friday
evening from 6 p.m. onwards. The winner of the competition will receive a
trophy from the Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai, 100,000 baht prize money
and a contract to perform at the Great Night Out @ Prom for 3 months. The
1st runner up will receive a trophy of honor, 20,000 baht prize money and a
certificate. The 2nd runner up will receive a trophy of honor, 10,000 baht
prize money and a certificate. Other prizes will be for the Best Band and
the Popular Vote will receive 5,000 each. Registration forms can be
downloaded through the official Promenada Facebook Chiang Mai page or can be
picked up at the Information Counter of Promenada Resort Mall building A or
B. Completed forms are to be sent to [email protected] and a 10 minute
demo attachment link to a Youtube video.
Young ASEAN Eyes plus features works from ASEAN and Asia
About Rookism is a series of photos by South
Korean photographer Choi Yohan of Kyungil University, South Korea, a study
of the choice of western values on beauty in Korean society.
By Shana Kongmun
The photography exhibition Young ASEAN Eyes Plus opened at Chiang Mai
University Art Museum on Friday, February 20, 2015 and was attended by
President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert
Buranupakorn, US Consul Mark Carlson, and Anna Lee Seshadri, Cultural and
Educational Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok along with Chiang Mai
University Vice President for International Relations and Alumni Affairs
Rome Chiranukrom, members of the Faculty of Fine Arts at CMU, students and
The exhibition, which runs through to February 28, 2015. In addition to the
show at CMU Art Museum there will be numerous side exhibits at Minimal
Gallery, Pongnoi Art Space, Think Park, Three Kings Monument, Chiang Mai Art
& Culture Center, Rumpoeng Art Space and CMU.
This is the first international photo exhibition held by CMU and features
the works of 31 students from universities in Thailand, South Korea,
Singapore, Indonesia, China and Malaysia.
Girl’s Meal by a CMU student features beauty
products portrayed as food, equating the consumption of beauty to that of
President of the Provincial Administration
Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn is joined by Chiang Mai University Vice
President for International Relations and Alumni Affairs Rome Chiranukrom,
Mark Carlson, Consul for the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai and Anna
Lee Seshadri, Cultural and Educational Officer for the U.S. Embassy in
A Street Odyssey by Philip Blenkinsop features life on the streets of Asia
A photo of monks at Angkor Wat set in a wooden
frame with cracked glass and drops of blood.
By Shana Kongmun
This new photographic exhibition opened at My Secret Café in Town, a
charming bakery and gallery in the heart of the old city near Wat Phra Singh
on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The photographs, which featured street
scenes from Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam including uniquely
mounted photos of the Killing Fields and one stunning piece from Borneo set
in a wooden life-size figurine from Borneo.
The photographer has been living in Thailand for 27 years and traveling Asia
photographing for both personal and professional reasons having worked as a
photojournalist. One fabulous photo dates back to 1991 showing monks at
Angkor Wat, as Philip pointed out, you won’t see this there now!
In addition to the historically significant photos set in bottles, cobra
skin and teak wood, there are many of this compelling photos on the wall.
There is also a video display of a street scene in Bangladesh, a country
Philip loves but admits is hard to live in.
The exhibition is on for a month, be sure and drop in for an oreo brownie
and a look at the evocative photos on display.
Philip Blenkinsop with his work from Borneo set
in a life-size figurine.
A Floral Rhapsody
Nimenhaeminda, owner of Gallery 116, welcomes the artists and guests.
By Jai Pee
If you missed the annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival a couple of weeks ago,
do not worry – hurry on down to Gallery 116 and see the wonderful display of
floral paintings by amateur and professional artists - over 60 paintings in
a brilliantly colouful display of artistic talent that is a visual delight.
What makes this so good is the fact that amateur artists have been given the
privilege of displaying their work alongside the professionals. One little
challenge for those of you visiting the gallery – see if you can spot the
paintings by the amateurs as opposed to those by the professionals – you
will have a hard job as all the paintings are of a high standard.
The exhibition is entitled “A Floral Rhapsody”, a most appropriate title for
a show where the colours are vibrant and varied – from deep hues of red and
purple through to vivid pinks and yellows. The vast majority of the display
is water-colour and very traditional in style making the works of art
readily eye-catching, appealing and pleasant. Appropriately, too, are the
significant numbers of paintings featuring roses – and since the exhibition
opened on February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day! So if you forgot
to send that Valentine Card or the box of chocolates, or forgot to present
roses to your loved one, you can make amends by showing them this delightful
display and maybe even buying a frame or two!
The Gallery is open from 12.00 noon until 18.30 every day except Monday and
is easy to find at 116, Charoen Muang Road about 300 metres from the Nawarat
Bridge heading in the direction of the railway station – it is on your left
close to the TMB Bank. For further information contact the gallery on: 053
302 111 or email:
Many of the
assembled artists and their friends at the opening of the exhibition.
A night under the stars with Jonas Dept
Music and silent movies raise funds for kids in need
School for the
under the stars
at the rooftop
of Maya on
February 6, 2015
to famous silent
as well as a
by his sister
and singers from
School for the
Blind as the
kids took center
stage with no
sign of nerves
at such a public
enjoying the fun
from Jonas and
flights were at
the cacophony of
music that is
produced on the
rooftop of Maya,
the evening was
a great success
100,000 baht for
School for the
Blind many of
the North for
rooftop of Maya
music set to the
Arts Day Out for Grade 11 and 12 students at Prem International
Grade 11 and 12 students focus on theory of
knowledge and mock exams in their day out.
While Prem Grades 6-10 students worked
on Arts activities around the school for Arts Day Out, the Grade 11 and 12
students participated in different sessions. The Grade 11 students had a
session that focused on their Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class connected to
the Area of Knowledge "The Arts". The Grade 12 students prepared for the
Mock Exams which will occur 23 - 27 February.
with a free draw activity on the Arts Day Out at Prem
The Grade 11 TOK students worked on
creative arts projects connected to visual arts, music, drama, literature
and dance whilst answering the claim: The most reliable/valuable knowledge
in the Arts is created through the medium of
performance/music/drama/dance/visual art/literature. They all created an
example of the medium assigned, created a knowledge question in connection
with the medium, and did research to support their claims and counterclaims
of their Knowledge questions. The TOK teachers were very impressed with the
effort, focus, and thinking that we saw throughout the day which culminated
in presentations of all their efforts. The movies, art pieces, writing
pieces, rap, and dance created were truly creative and the students enjoyed
Grade 12 students spent the Arts Day Out understanding how Mock Exams work,
and preparing for and developing plans for exam review and strategies to use
in the revision process, including how to lessen stress levels during this
time. The sessions began with a mock exam situation where they learned the
rules of the exam room, arriving on time, and what could be expected.
The second session focused on visualising graduation day, and a reminder of
where the whole process of their learning was leading. Then they began to
develop a calendar for the next month of revision, followed by a session in
which they discussed how to deal with the upcoming stress levels, and
finally ending with a carousel activity where they learned about different
revision techniques that they could apply to their revision times in order
to vary strategies. All in all the day was a fruitful process for the Grade
12s, and hopefully they will tackle preparation for the Mock Exams in an
organised and developed way.