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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 Munakata.

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.

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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 Hotel.”

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 baht.

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 of tourism.”

Applications open for Battle of the Bands contest at Promenada

Promenada Resort Mall announces auditions for the Battle of the Bands competition.

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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 guests.

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 food.

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 Bangkok.

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

Mrs Wanthip 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: [email protected].

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

Jonas Dept performs with students from the Northern School for the Blind.

By Shana Kongmun
Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center and CityLife hosted a fabulous evening under the stars at the rooftop of Maya on February 6, 2015 as the incomparable Jonas Dept performed music to famous silent movies including Charlie Chaplin as well as a stunning original composition to images created by his sister Eva.
Jonas also performed several songs with musicians and singers from The Northern School for the Blind as the kids took center stage with no sign of nerves at such a public performance. The amphitheater was filled with music enthusiasts and supporters of the School enjoying the fun movies, great accompaniment from Jonas and the wonderful weather. Amazingly, even the airport cooperated and the overhead flights were at a minimum.
A great alternative to the cacophony of music that is normally produced on the rooftop of Maya, the evening was a great success raising over 100,000 baht for The Northern School for the Blind many of whose students come from villages around the North for further education and opportunities.

The rooftop of Maya filled with lively, fun music set to the backdrop of classic silent films.

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.

Kids relaxed 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 the process.

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.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Japanese handicrafts on display at TCDC

Popular Biggles Big Band returns to Chiang Mai on March 6

Applications open for Battle of the Bands contest at Promenada

Young ASEAN Eyes plus features works from ASEAN and Asia

A Street Odyssey by Philip Blenkinsop features life on the streets of Asia

A Floral Rhapsody

A night under the stars with Jonas Dept

Arts Day Out for Grade 11 and 12 students at Prem International



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