Mass Participation is Expected at the Largest Gaensha Festival in Thailand

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Vishwa Hindu Parishad Association Thailand and Partners are set to host the Largest Ganesh Festival 2016 events in Bangkok and Nakhorn Nayok at eight locations in Thailand during 5th to 11th Sep 2016. 

The purpose of these events is to celebrate the annual Ganesh Chaturthi (Birthday of Lord Ganesha = Phra Phi Kanesh) festival and promote historical social and cultural relations between India and Thailand. 

This year, the festival activities are also aimed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne and pray for the good health and wellness of the Royal Family and prosperity in Thailand.

The Ganesha Festival @ Bangkok on Saturday, 10th Sep 2016 at National Stadium BTS Station (Near MBK Shopping Mall) is being organized by VHP Association Thailand and partners and supported by Hindu Temples and Associations of Thai & Indian community. It is expected more than 10,000 devotees of Shri Ganesha will join this largest celebration in the heart of Bangkok. Devotees of Ganesha will enjoy variety of activities throughout the day such as Ganehsa Sthapna Pujan, Dahi Handi Celebration, Vegetarian Food and Souvenir Stalls, Ganesha Maha Bhog, We Love Ganesha Painting Competition and the spectacular cultural program to promote local talent in Thailand. 

7th Ganesha Festival @ Nakhorn Nayok on Sunday, 11th Sep 2016 will be jointly organized by VHP Association Thailand and Utthyan Ganesh Temple, Nakhorn Nayok during 5-11 Sep 2016. Visarjan of idols of Shri Ganesha in a ceremonial procession is scheduled on Sunday 11th Sep 2016 from Bangkok to Nakhorn Nayok. Similar to previous years, thousands of devotees will join the Ganesha festival at Nakhorn Nayok and about 1,500 devotees will travel from Bangkok. Visarjan ceremony will be jointly organized by Ganesha festival partners at Nakhorn Nayok. 

Lai Haraoba, a talented female group led by Ms. Devlina Kumar, India will also perform live at above festival location supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Embassy of India in Thailand. 

H.E. Shri Bhagwant S. Bishnoi, Ambassdor of India to Thailand will join the Ganesha Festival celebration as Chief Guest of Honor. 

“We believe that this Largest Ganesha festival in Thailand will further develop people-to-people interactions and strengthen socio-economic and cultural relations between India and Thailand. said Susheel Kumar Saraff, President, VHP Association Thailand”.

All are welcome to join the Ganesha’s divine blessings events.

For further information, please contact:

Shri Ganesha Festival Events Secretariat

Call: 081 890 6227

Email: vhp@vhpthailand.org 

Website: www.vhpthailand.org

Invitation to a music and dance performance by Ms. Devlina Kumar & her group on Friday 9th September, 2016

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Indian Cultural Centre, Embassy of India, Bangkok would like to cordially invite you to a music and dance performance by Ms. Devlina Kumar and her group onFriday 9th September, 2016 at 18.30 hrs.

Venue : Indian Cultural Centre, 193/101 23rd Floor, Lake Rajada Building, Ratchadapisek Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok

RSVP :
Tel – 02 2615301-2
Email – iccbangkok1@gmail.com

A Rich Repast of International Fare for the Cultural Gourmet

18TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & DANCE

(8 September- 19 October)

 

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The city’s best-known cultural festival opens in the city, next week, with a frenzy of programs for nearly two months – Russian ballets and operas, Swiss and German ballet troupes, French and American artistes, Israeli and Turkish orchestras, Belgium and Canadian jazz, Spanish flamenco, Chinese acrobatics, Indian Kathak.

 

SEPTEMBER EVENTS:

The 18th International Festival of Music & Dance, which celebrates the Thai Queen’s 7th cycle birthday, opens with Moscow’s world-famous Stanislavsky Ballet and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, together with 90 performers, including several Gold Medalist winners, presenting two of the most popular ballets in the world, and one which Thai audiences adore- ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Giselle.’ Both these are signature-ballets of the Stanislavsky company, noted for their spectacular costumes, grandiose sets, and magnificent, live orchestra, which will doubtless dazzle Thai audiences as they have done around the world.

Then comes Russia’s innovative and exciting Helikon Opera Theatre, who will resurrect two memorable dramas- Guiseppe Verdi’s powerful ‘Un Ballo in Maschera ‘( A Masked Ball) and George Bizet’s unforgettable ‘Carmen’. The former is a story of politics, society, conspiracy, adultery, which has gripped audiences in every city it was staged in and which has won this opera-group the country’s top Golden Mask Awards.

 

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‘Carmen’ is not only one of the most best-known classical tales in ballet and opera, but also the most popular production of this company, which has won rave-reviews globally.

Meanwhile, Switzerland’s best-known Geneva Ballet will present Richard Wagner’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’, another well-known classic tale of passion, adultery, tragedy. The highlight of this production, is that the female lead will be played by award-winning Swiss-Thai artiste Sarawanee Tanatanit !

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The Geneva Ballet will also resurrect the gorgeous medieval magic of ‘Carmina Burana’ , but it will be a uniquely new, exciting and sensuous version, where their near-nude looking bodies will unwind and undulate sensationally to the old-world rhythms of this masterpiece.

Swiss Ambassador HE Ivo Sieber states that the ballet-group’s “ Inspired and eclectic style is in the best tradition of Swiss modern dance!”

The music performances in September, features the Israel Camerata Orchestra, the top chamber music orchestra of the country, who are performing at the Festival for the first time. Led by founder-director Avnor Biron, the group is noted for its extensive repertoire and diverse range of performers – ‘a rich melting pot’, as Israel Ambassador HE Simon Roded describes them. The Orchestra will play a grand medley of composers, from Bartok to Haydn and Schubert, which should be a real treat for the city’s classical music lovers.

The Hollywood Sound of Cinema program is totally different from the classical fare at this Festival. It features the best of Hollywood film songs, belted out by eight magnificent singers from the famed Scalatheater company, who have had many well-known singers, actors, directors working for them. Their shows have won many awards, and their artistes have sung to raving audiences around the world.

A show for the whole family, is the China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beiing. An acrobatic troupe in a cultural festival? That’s because this troupe combines music, dance, drama in their multi-dimensional shows, which is why they have performed at numerous festivals, and held sell-out shows in 124 countries ! Infact they performed at the Bangkok-Festival, last year, and were such a ‘hit’, that they have been invited again.

According to Chen Jiang, Cultural Attaché of the Chinese Embassy, the troupe will perform many new, exciting acts, this year. He informed that they were the oldest acrobatic troupe in China, where there were at least 50 such troupes. But they were still considered the best, having won more than 50 gold medals, internationally.

 

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Last but not the least, a must-see performance, this month, is the Indian Kathak dance performance by globally renowned dancer Aditi Mangaldas and her dance troupe.Their drama entitled Uncharted Seas is a superb amalgam of sizzling dance, grand costumes, live music, mellifluous songs and poems. It has been performed at the top festivals around the world, like the Edinburgh Festival, where the critics and audience went into a spin.

Indian Ambassador HE Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi calls the show ‘a scintillating spectacle.’

The dancer herself, who will be partaking in a top festival at London soon, said she was honored and delighted to perform at Thailand’s most prestigious cultural festival.

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For Festival, check

www.bangkokfestivals.com

For bookings, check

http://www.thaiticketmajor.com/performance/icp18-2016-th.html

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Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music 2016

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Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music takes place, once a year, from the second week of September till mid October.

This is an international culture festival that suggests opera plays, dance and music with the participation of leading bands and artists from all over the world.
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All the events are held in the Thailand Culture Center, Bangkok. Due to the great demand, it is recommended to buy tickets in advance.

Independence day of India 2016

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On the occasion of 70th Independence Day, a Flag Hoisting Ceremony will be held at 0900 hrs on Monday, 15th August 2016 at Embassy of India, 46 Sukhumvit Soi 23 (Prasarnmitr), Bangkok.

Ambassador Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi will hoist the Indian tricolor. All members of the Indian Community and friends of India are invited to attend.

The programme will be as follows:

08:30 hrs – Arrival of Guests
09:00 hrs – Hoisting of the Indian Flag by the Ambassador followed by the singing of the National Anthem

09:05 hrs – Ambassador read out the President’s Address to the Nation
09:15 hrs – Cultural performance
09:45 hrs- Refreshments

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

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The Candle Festival, Ubon Ratchathani *** Local Caption *** ประเพณีแห่เทียนพรรษา จังหวัดอุบลราชธานี

The Festival highlights the showcase of 9 pieces of oversize contemporary wax candle sculptures under the concept of “Her Story” created by artists from Chile, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Vietnam, the USA., and Thailand including new young artists from well-known institutes in Thailand; for example, Silpakorn University, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Sisaket Rajabhat University, Mahasarakham University, and Ubonratchathani Vocational College. This event is the only one in the world that the artists use candle wax as a main part of the creation by applying traditional wax candle carving art to become contemporary art as the different art form from the foreign artists’ perspective. Come and observe the artists’ working during 5-16 July, 2016, as well as see the completion of the sculptural works and listen to the story of each piece through the sound of music in the theme of “Candle of Music”.
The Festival also offers other interesting programmes as follows:

– Installation Art, art that helps spice up the event and add fun stories according to your own imagination.

– Creative Art, art that visitors can join and create experiences together with learning, which will inspire them to have creative thinking and apply with their daily life because life is nature and art.

– “Visit the candle-making community” is an annual activity that is open to the public to closely see the process of building and decorating large candles in the temples in Ubon Ratchathani. The marvellous candles constituted by local wisdom of the artisan masters who have accumulated their experience and knowledge that have been passed from one generation to another as the offerings to the Buddhist religion in many temples and merit making of candle melting to be formed as part of the candles in the procession during 5-19 July, 2016.

Date 18 – 20 Jul 2016

Venue : Ubon Ratchathani Province

Bun Luang and Phi Ta Khon Festival

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Enjoy the procession of Phi Ta Khon, Phi Ta Khon Mask Contest, Little Phi Ta Khon Contest, performances from various communities, listen to 13 chapters of the “Great Birth Sermon”, visit the trade fair offered by the government and private sectors, exhibitions of local products, and OTOP products for sale, see the Bang Fai rocket lighting contest, as well as Nekkhamma ordination ceremony at Wat Phon Chai’s Ubosot.

Date 6 – 8 Jul 2016
Venue : Loei Province

British Music Night

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England takes center stage as TPO welcomes British guest conductor Jamie Phillips in his debut with the orchestra. Phillips will present Benjamin Britten’s favorite Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2. Joining as soloist is trombonist Peter Moore, who was recently appointed as the youngest member of the London Symphony Orchestra at age 18, performing the Shilkret Trombone Concerto.
Concerts:

8 July 2016 / 7.00 p.m. / PMH (Pre-Concert Talk 6.15 p.m.)

9 July 2016 / 4.00 p.m. / PMH (Pre-Concert Talk 3.15 p.m.)

Conductor: Jamie Phillips

Soloist: Peter Moore, Trombone

Program: Thai Traditional Music

Benjamin Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Nathaniel Shilkret: Trombone Concerto

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 (London)

Tickets Price: 500, 300 Baht (100 Baht for students up to bachelor’s degree)

For ticket reservations: please call 02-849-6565/6, Ext. 6603, 6609 or mshall@mahidol.ac.th

or visit www.thaiticketmajor.com / Call Center 02-262-3456

Salaya Link shuttle bus available at BTS Bang Wa Station: http://www.music.mahidol.ac.th/salayalink/

GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPANTS OF 2nd INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA

GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPANTS OF 2nd INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA AT 6.30 AM ON SUNDAY 26 JUNE 2016 CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY

คำแนะนำสำหรับผู้เข้าร่วมงานวันโยคะสากลครั้งที่ 2 เวลา 06.30 น. วันที่ 26 มิถุนายน 2559 จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย

1. Dedicated buses, with a display of International Yoga Day, are arranged for picking up participants from BTS SIAM SQUARE and MRT SAM YAN from 5.30 AM onwards.

2. Chula University has many entrances but only entrance on Phya Thai Road will be opened. This entrance is the closest to the Venue.

3. On arrival, please collect your T.Shirt before proceeding to the ground. There will be separate counters for T-shirt sizes of M, L, XL. Please go to respective counters. Water bottle & Soya Milk will be placed on the Yoga Mat.

4. Volunteers, in PINK colored T-shirts, can be contacted for any guidance.

5. There will be 3 blocks of seating – SAFRON, WHITE & GREEN from right to left while facing stage. The T-shirts distributed will be of similar three colors. Volunteers will guide you to sit according to color of T-shirts and blocks.

6. Programme starts at 7.00 AM with 10 minutes inauguration ceremony & 35 minutes of Yoga Session by trained Yoga Teachers.

7. Mobile toilets would be available with necessary sign boards.

8. There will be an Ambulance in case of any emergency.

9. Please pick up your snack after the Event before leaving at the exit gate.
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1. มีรถบัสติดป้ายวันโยคะสากล (International Day of Yoga) รับผู้เข้าร่วมงาน จากสถานีรถไฟฟ้าสยามและสถานีรถไฟฟ้าใต้ดินสามย่าน ตั้งแต่เวลา 05.30 น. เป็นต้นไป

2. จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัยมีทางเข้าหลายทาง แต่ในวันงาน มหาวิทยาลัยเปิดเฉพาะทางเข้าฝั่งพญาไท ซึ่งจะเป็นทางเข้าที่ใกล้สถานที่จัดงานมากที่สุด

3. เมื่อถึงสถานที่จัดงาน กรุณารับเสื้อยืดก่อนเข้าสนาม เคาน์เตอร์แจกเสื้อยืดตามขนาด M ขนาด L และ XL จะจัดแยกกัน กรุณารับเสื้อยืดที่เคาน์เตอร์ตามขนาดนั้นๆ สำหรับน้ำดื่มและนมถั่วเหลือง จะมีวางไว้ให้ที่เสื่อโยคะ

4. กรณีต้องการคำแนะนำ กรุณาติดต่ออาสาสมัครซึ่งจะใส่เสื้อยืดสีชมพู

5. การจัดที่นั่งแบ่งเป็น 3 โซน โดยแบ่งเป็นโซนสีส้ม สีขาว และสีเขียว จากฝั่งขวาไปซ้ายหันหน้าเข้าหาเวที เสื้อยืดที่ได้รับแจกจะมีด้วยกันสามสีตามสีโซน อาสาสมัครจะแนะนำว่าท่านจะนั่งจุดใดตามสีเสื้อยืดและโซน

6. งานจะเริ่มตั้งแต่เวลา 07.00 น. โดยมีพิธีเปิดประมาณ 10 นาที และมีการฝึกปฏิบัติโยคะ 35 นาที โดยครูสอนโยคะ

7. สุขาเคลื่อนที่มีบริการ และจะมีป้ายบอกทาง

8. มีรถพยาบาลจัดเตรียมไว้ กรณีเหตุฉุกเฉิน

9. กรุณารับของว่างหลังจบงาน ณ บริเวณประตูทางออก
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