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International Women’s Day 2011

Chiang Mai Fest offers art, music and more in April

Award winning wines on Nimmanhaemin

Chiang Mai Fat Fest


International Women’s Day 2011

Chiang Mai women celebrate 

Zonta International Chiang Mai members joins Charter President Somboon Suprasert in cutting the ribbon on the new rose garden to be planted on the centenary of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2011.

By Shana Kongmun

International Women’s Day was celebrated around Chiang Mai on its centenary anniversary, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 with rose planting, seminars and a march from Nawarat Bridge.

Members of Zonta International Chiang Mai planted roses at Suan Buak Haad Park. Zonta Chiang Mai’s Charter President Mrs. Somboon Suprasert, President Jiamjit Boonsom, Hope Watcharaprecha, Margaret Bhadungzong, and other Zonta members were joined by newly arrived volunteers for the Zonta sponsored Grandma Cares program. The women joined together to plant roses and, as Hope reminded them to remember a woman in need as they planted.

Hope Watcharaprecha and Somboon Suprasert, Zonta Charter President plant a rose in honor of women in need around the world.

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday. While International Women’s Day is not a holiday in Thailand, a seminar entitled “Inspiring the Global Vision of Women” was held at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in the afternoon, sponsored by Chiang Mai’s Federation of Business and Professional Women, Zonta International, the Lyons Club, and the newly formed Association of Muslim Women in Chiang Mai and saw 140 women and men in attendance.

Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul spoke on important women in Thailand both current and historical and recalled the work of HM the King’s mother, Her Royal Highness Somdej Phra Sri Nakarindra Baromraj Chonni in aiding the hill tribes people of the North. United States Consul General Susan N. Stevenson joined the panel discussion noting that she felt with time, a special day would not be necessary and that eventually the disparity between men and women would not longer exist. Khun Tong Dee Toteeyong, Thailand’s award winner for best Community leader in social development, a long time village activist from Saraphi, stressed the importance for women to create organized associations and clubs to broaden the education and skills for village women.

Women from Empower perform to the delight of the crowd.

Dr. Chao Duang Duen na Chiengmai, President of the Chiang Mai Cultural Council, reminded the women working in family businesses, service clubs or organizations to communicate with others; to keep love in their hearts and minds for others; be patient and tolerant, to disagree without being offensive; and take time to speak and reach out to our loved ones every day.

Mrs. Somboon Suprasert was awarded the WIN Award of Excellence, the first Thai be so awarded by the Women’s Information Network. The event was well attended and very interesting and the audience, as they broke for an afternoon tea, discussed with enthusiasm the many roles women play in society.
International Women’s Day drew to a close with a march from Nawarat Bridge to Tha Pae Gate by women (and men) of all ages in support of various womens and migrants organizations. Empower, Trafcord, which fights trafficking of women and children, and other organizations promoting the rights of women were side by side with those working for migrant workers in Chiang Mai and the North. Many of the women in the crowd wore t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan of the day: Reflect Back, Move Forward as they cheered on the performers on the stage as well as Deputy Governor Naruemol Plawat who joined the organizers on stage to start the show.

Nearly 300 people took part in the event, which ended at Tha Pae Gate with performances by women from the Empower Foundation, an organization founded in 1985 and working to helping women in the sex trade by offering free classes in language, health, law and pre-college education as well as individual counseling. The organization also works to get the Thai government to provide sex workers with labor protection and to legalize prostitution.

Members of the Chiang Mai Federation of Business and Professional Women join Amber Hedges Ferry and U.S. Consul General Susan N. Stevenson at the seminar at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel on “Inspiring the Global Vision of Women”.

Dr. Chao Duanduen na Chiengmai (center, seated) is joined by Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul (2nd right) and members of the Lyons Club, Zonta, and the Federation of Business and Professional Women at the seminar.

Deputy Governor Naruemol Plawat (4th left) joins organizers of the parade and celebration on stage at Tha Pae Gate to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2011.

The audience was enthusiastic for the performances onstage for of International Women’s Day.

Chiang Mai Fest offers art, music and more in April

A pre-Songkran festival has been announced the Chiang Mai Fest was organized to attract local and international visitors and Chiang Mai residents as well as to create a new page of history for the City of Chiang Mai. The music, art and entertainment festival “Chiang Mai Fest 2011” will be held April 8 to 10 at The Three Kings Monument and Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Centre. (From Left to Right) Founder of Niikki Pure Rice Spirit and representative of expatriates in Chiang Mai, Mr. Nikolaus Prachensky; Advisor of Earth, Wind and Fire Company Limited and Event Promoter, Mr. Yut Wanichanond; Mayor of Chiang Mai Mr. Tassanai Buranupakorn; Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand office in Chiang Mai, Mr. Chalermsak Suranont; and the renowned specialist of Lanna arts and culture, Mr. Withee Panichphan joined to announce the upcoming festival at the 3 Kings Monument.


Award winning wines on Nimmanhaemin

Riddhi Diskul of Le Crystal and the Steak House shares a laugh with Duenpen “Boong” Chaladlam of Chiang Mai Friends and Boutique Travel Service at Kantary Terrace.

Michaela Hobbs of Crouching Tiger Cycle Tours and Ralph Van den Berg discuss cycling to Pai.

Patinya “Joon” Srisuk makes certain the guests drinks stay topped up.

Horeca hosted another wine party, this time for three nights over the weekend of March 4th on the terrace at Kantary Terrace at trendy Nimmanhaemin Road. Promoting their latest range of delicious wines, the party was repeated Saturday and Sunday night as well. Mesta was one of the wines on offer as well as a range of red wines, rosés and whites. Ralph Van den Berg kept the guests entertained with intriguing scenarios while Patinya “Joon” Srisuk made sure the glass stayed full. Delighted tourists and residents were happy to see an event take place in the area that, while it already has so much going on, doesn’t usually play host to wine evenings.

Chiang Mai Fat Fest

The 4th annual Fat Festival was held at Central Airport Plaza on February 26 and the three stages featuring top popular musical acts in Chiang Mai and Thailand had the grounds filled with teenagers and young adults enjoying the music as well as the arts show on display. Popular acts such as Harmonica Sunrise, Sonnet & Alcohol and Electric Lamp were just a few of the many artists that performed. Organized by Red Bull and 104.5 Fat radio, the event featured bike powered cinema, using people power to generate electric power to play movies, and a booth where partygoers could make fruit out of paper and then, exchange their fruit for the real thing. The event featured more than 100 booths selling cd’s souvenirs and art from local artists. A popular yearly event, sure to get bigger and better every year. (Photos by Jittarporn Charasrum )