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Update July 11, 2016

EU Film Festival opens at Maya SFX Cinema

Festival runs July 9 – July 17

Film festival organizers, filmmakers and Maya officials join the First Counseller for the EU in Thailand and the Deputy Governor in toasting the opening of the event.

First Counseller for the EU Sandra De Waele is joined by the Chiang Mai Deputy Governor and Honorary Consuls for the grand opening of the EU Film Festival on July 8, 2016.

By Shana Kongmun
The grand opening of the EU Film Festival 2016 opened at the SFX Cinema at Maya Lifestyle Mall on July 8, 2016 with the First Counseller for the Delegation of the European Union in Thailand Sandra De Waele joining to open the event. The opening ceremony was followed by the screening of the German film 'The People VS Fritz Bauer' courtesy of the German Embassy in Thailand and Goethe Institut Bangkok.

The EU was represented by Chiang Mai’s diplomatic corps with French Honorary Consul Thomas Baude, German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen, Swedish Honorary Consul Supajee Nilubol and Austrian Honorary consul Nikolaus Prachensky at the opening ceremony.

The EU Film Festival is an annual and popular event in Chiang Mai with 16 movies from 13 EU countries being screened at the SFX Cinema theaters. Tickets are 80 baht each and can be purchased at the theater or online. The full schedule of films are also found on the SFX Cinema website

All films are screened in their original languages with Thai and English subtitles. The film festival runs through Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Update July 4, 2016

Lanna Expo opens in Chiang Mai

Four provinces featured in huge fair at International Convention Center

Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Diskul was joined by Canadian Ambassador Philip Calvert, Ambassador Felix Boza, the Governors of Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun and Mae Hong Son and other dignitaries for the grand opening ceremony of the Lanna Expo 2016.

By Nopniwat Krailerg and Shana Kongmun

The Lanna Expo 2016 opened on June 30 and runs until July 6 at the Chiang Mai International Convention Center and features products and services from the four provinces of the Upper North Provincial Cluster 1; Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Lampang and Chiang Mai. The event was held under the concept of Lanna Health and Wellness and featured not only traditional handicrafts but spa and beauty supplies, a farmers market and more.

Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Diskul addressed the audience in both Thai and English, welcoming everyone to the event.

Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul opened the event addressing the audience in Thai before switching to English to welcome visiting Ambassadors H.E. Philip Calvert of Canada and H. E. Mr. Felix Ricardo Americo Antonio Denegri Boza along with Consuls General, Consuls, Honorary Consuls, Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart, Maj. Gen. Kosol Prathumchart, the Governors of Mae Hong Son, Lamphun and Lampang, President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn and other dignitaries and visitors.

The opening ceremony included traditional fingernail dances, creatures of the Himmapan forest, and more.

Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul said at the opening “Lanna Expo 2016 has helped to showcase the culture and uniqueness of the Thai Northern region through the products and services of Lanna Thai. It has also helped to stimulate the local economy, create trade and investment linkages locally as well as increase the potential and capabilities for the cluster to compete in both the national and international markets.”

He added, “Lifting the local products and services into the world class level by creating more trade and investment in the midst of strong competition but more importantly the event will help the whole country prosper.”

Honorary Peruvian Consul M.L. Preeyapun Sridhavat welcomes Ambassador of Peru H.E. Mr. Felix Ricardo Americo Antonio Denegri Boza to the Lanna Expo 2016.

The event, which also featured products from Myanmar and neighboring countries, was held to link and expand trade and investment in the four Northern provinces as well as promote the region to tourists through visitors and media.

The event is divided into twelve zones; Medical & Wellness (spa, cosmetics, and herbs business), Health Tourism (tour, hotel, accommodation, homestay, and airline business), Northern Food valley (agriculture, agricultural, agro processing, food), OTOP & SMEs (clothes, dress, apparels, home décor, souvenirs, jewelry, furniture, life style products, and nonfood herbs), Art & Culture Education and Wisdom Exhibitions, Investment (area provided for business talk, product and Halal service), International (foreign consulates), Export (export standard products and services), Conference (educational conference), Innovation (research, technology, and innovation), and Restaurant (food and drink shops). Additionally, mini concerts are performed by famous artists every day.

Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul chats with Canadian Ambassador Philip Calvert before the ceremony. He is joined here by Ambassador of Peru H.E. Mr. Felix Boza, Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart and his wife Monsuda.

Craftspeople from the four Northern provinces have exhibition booths at the Lanna Expo 2016.

Silver jewelry from Baan Tawai was on sale along with many other handcrafted jewelry shops.

Silks and cottons abound at the Lanna Expo 2016.

Local food is on sale along with restaurants and farmers market stalls.

Contemporary handcrafted bags and other contemporary items were in among the more traditional fare.

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EU Film Festival opens at Maya SFX Cinema

Lanna Expo opens in Chiang Mai