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    What’s On for September 2015

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    National Events and Festivals

    Hua Hin Golf Festival
    What: Organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces, and the Phetchaburi-PrachuapKhiri Khan Golf Course Association, this is an annual event that provides a valuable boost not only to the golf industry but also to the tourism businesses in the region.
    Where: Hua Hin
    More info: TAT
    The Akha Swing Festival
    What: The Akha hill tribes believe that they came down from God through a swing. Thus, this celebration. The swing is built by an elder called a Dzoeuh Mah, and is used for four days, then the braided vine rope is wrapped around one of the four very long legs and the swing is left until its rebuilt the next year.
    Where: Chiang Rai
    Trang Moon Festival
    Sept 27
    What: A ceremony is held in late September or early October on the full moon day in the eighth month under the Chinese calendar in Thung Yao Sub-district, Palian District, where many people of Chinese ancestry reside.
    Where: Trang


    Long-tailed Boat Race
    2-int swan boatWhat: Long-boats of all sizes from all over the country compete for His Majesty’s Trophy in this annual competition held at the end of the Buddhist Lent. This is one of the biggest boat races in the country.
    Where: Nakhon Sawan Provincial Hall, Nakhon Sawan
    Pa Sak Boat Races
    What: Another major annual regatta that takes place on the last Saturday or Sunday of September. Famous boats from all over the country join in the race.
    Where: San Hai District, Saraburi
    Phichit Boat Races
    What: A longboat competition held in one of the country’s most scenic backdrops. The event is also marked with a boat procession and various kinds of cultural shows, music performances as well as OTOP fair and local product sales.
    Where: Nan River, Phichit
    Surf Competition
    What: Surfing is becoming a big sport in Phuket and the Quicksilver Thailand Surf Competition continues to grow in popularity. Expect a high level of activities including beach parties, live music and of course action packed wave riding.
    Where: Patong Beach, Phuket
    River Kwai Half Marathon
    What: This event attracts participants from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, USA, Europe, and other countries. They race from the River Kwai Village Hotel and run along Highway 323 (Sai Yok-Thong Pha Phoom) and back.
    Where: Kanchanaburi
    Trang Roast Pork Festival
    What: The Trang Roast Pork Festival celebrates a very special local delicacy. Locals recommend that visitors to their province try this specialty when they are in town.
    Where: Trang
    FADD Open House
    What: Billed as “Bangkok’s first creative arts center,” FADD offers short courses in Fashion, Art, Drama & Design beginning this October. To showcase its short courses in fashion, art, drama & design, FADD is inviting the public to an “Open House.” Exoect a lot of activities and fun.
    Where: FADD learning center,
    69 Onnut 62, Srinakarin Road
    More info: 089 155 7528//

    Art and Culture

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    What: French artist Bruno Tanguerel looks back on life in a satirical way in this series of paintings that is neither abstract nor figurative.
    Where: S Gallery, Sofitel Sukhumvit,
    189 Sukhumvit Rd, Soi 13-15, Bangkok
    (BTS: Nana)
    Iwan's Solo Show
    What: From Jakarta, photographer Iwan Bagus presents a solo exhibition: black and white photos of naked men from the “Oblivion” series.
    Where: G 1 Contemporary, Gaysorn Sopping Center, Bangkok (BTS: Chidlom)
    More info: 085 021 5508
    What: Worawit Kaewsrinoum’s oil paintings take us on his journey that he took to find happiness, home, and himself in this solo exhibition.
    Where: Bar Bali Bistro,
    58 Phra Arthit Rd, Bang Lamphu,
    Phra Nakon District, Bangkok
    More info: 02 629 0318
    German Photobook Award 2015 Exhibition
    What: This event showcases gold and silver award winners of titles that feature, conceptual art, history and theory of photography, and coffee table books.
    Where: Bangkok Art and Culture Center, 939 Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok (BTS: National Stadium)
    More info: 02 214 6630-8
    Photo Bangkok Festival
    What: This festival displays photos by seven of Southeast Asia’s most renowned photographers. Highlights include “Pause” and “Forgotten Thai Rediscovering Masters of Photography.”
    Where: Bangkok Art and Culture Center, 939 Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok (BTS: National Stadium)
    When: Until Oct. 4
    More info: 02 214 6603 or 089 203 6889
    Ralph Gibson's Works
    What: American photographer Ralph Gibson displays, for the first time in Thailand, some of the artworks that he has compiled over the last 40 years.
    Where: RMA Institute, Soi Sainamthip 2, Sukhumvit 22 Rd, Bangkok
    When: Until Oct. 4
    More info: 02 663 0809
    Sites of Solitude
    What: This exhibition features Chatchai Pulpia’s latest collection of self-portraits that have been rarely exhibited. The show also includes paintings, sculptures, as well as rarely seen drawings, sketches and documentary photography, and videos by contributing guest artists.
    Where: 100 Tonson Gallery,
    100 Soi Tonson, Ploenchit Rd, Bangkok (BTS: Ploenchit)
    When: Until Jan. 3, 2016
    More info: 02 684 1527
    Twists & Turns
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    What: The first solo art exhibition by Jeep Kongdechakul, a Bangkok artist known for her bold and unique illustrations. Her works have been published in various magazines. Her style is detailed and exquisite while at the same time a penetrating view from different perspectives, with a touch of eclectic. Jeep’s design work is modern and yet delicate.
    Where: The Gallery, 36th floor,
    Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, Silom Road
    How much: 02 238 1991;

    Concerts and Gigs

    Piano Recital
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    What: Born in Pusan, South Korea, Min Jung Baek will be in Bangkok this month for a piano recital. A pupil of Regina Horowitz and Piero Rattalino, she started studying piano at the age of four, and immediately showed her talent at her first competition when she was only five. Since then, she has received a string — and continues to receive –awards from around the world.
    Where: Siam Ratchada Auditorium, Ground Floor, Fortune Town Building (MRT Rama 9)
    How much: THB 600; THB 300 (for students)
    More info: 081 682 8000
    Maroon 5 World Tour
    What: The popular international rock band returns to Bangkok for another concert. Showtime starts at 8:30 p.m.
    Where: Arena, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Pakkred, Nonthaburi
    How much: Tickets at THB 5,000 / 4,000 / 3,000 / 2,000
    More info:
    MUSE Live
    What: Another much-awaited concert by an internationally famous band
    Where: Arena, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Pakkred, Nonthaburi
    How much: Tickets are THB 5,000 / 4,500 / 3,000 / 2,000
    More info: 02-262-3838;
    Opera Dinner
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    What: Grand Opera Thailand presents 10 artists in an opera dinner where they will be performing excerpts from “Carmen,” “Don Pasquale,” and “La Traviata,” which will be fully staged and costumed. The Opera Dinner starts with a pre-dinner cocktails followed by an exquisite 4-course dinner. Opera starts at 8:30 p.m.
    Where: Anantara Bangkok Riverside
    How much: THB 3,800 net per person; THB 28,000 net per table of eight
    More info: 02 476 0022, ext. 1416 or email:
    Joey Boy Live
    3 Oct
    What: Thai artist Joey Boy and the Gang will perform live at Amari Pattaya. Show is from 8 p.m. till midnight. Where: Aranda Ballroom, Amari Pattaya
    How much: THB 1,200 net per person inclusive of unlimited draught beers, house wines, soft drinks and whiskey.
    More info: 038 418 418

    Win and Dine

    Chef Pierre Gagnaire at InterCon
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    What: Pierre Gagnaire, considered by many to be one of the finest chefs in the world, will be showcasing his culinary genesis with three prestigious dinners this month.
    Where: Fireplace Grill, InterContinental Bangkok, Ploenchit (BTS: Chidlom)
    How much: THB 10,500++ per person including a seven-course wine dinner featuring the chef’s signature dishes paired with wines.
    More info: 02 656 0444 ext. 5505 or visit:
    World Gourmet Festival
    What: The much awaited gourmet festival returns. Check full story on Page 60.
    Where: Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, Rajdamri Road (BTS: Rajdamri)
    More info: 02 126 8866
    SO Amazing Chefs
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    What: Twelve renowned chefs from around the world are participating in the 4th So Amazing Chefs 2015. As in previous years, the program is packed with a series of dinners and cooking classes, with the highlight being the Culinary Showdown and gala dinner taking place on Oct. 9.
    Where: Sofitel SO Bangkok, Rama IV Rd (MRT: Lumpini)
    More info: 02 624 0000 or email