You still have a few days left to enjoy the tail end of Bangkok Design Week which is running from 26 January to 3 February in select areas around Bangkok. Taking inspiration from the city’s rich history as a gathering point for creative minds from all over the world, Bangkok Design Week is held under the theme of “Fusing Forward”, taking a multidisciplinary approach to showcasing the city’s ethnic and cultural diversities.
Activities around Bangkok’s riverside communities, including Charoenkrung and Klong San as well as Rama I and Sukhumvit Road, will take the form of showcases and exhibitions, talks and workshops, and events and markets. For more information visit www.bangkokriver.com.
Those into horticulture should head north at the beginning of the month for the popular Chiang Mai Flower Festival on 1-4 February. A tradition for over 40 years, the event celebrates the region’s wealth of flowers as well as supports the local economy through a vibrant display of both modern and ancient Lanna floral art which attract thousands of visitors every year.
One of the main attractions is an impressive parade where floral artists from Chiang Mai and beyond display their works on floats as spectators gather across the city. The festival also features exhibitions of ornamental plants, music shows and competitions.
Chinese New Year falls on 5 February this year and millions of people across Thailand will celebrate the Year of the Pig with various festivities. Two of the most popular places to watch the activities are Chinatown in Bangkok and Phuket Town where visitors can sample traditional Chinese foods and buy souvenirs, but smaller towns and communities will also mark the occasion with fire crackers, red lanterns and processions. Many hotels and restaurants around the country will also have special promotions and events to mark the new year.
Phuket will be gearing up for what is labelled Asia’s Biggest Trance Festival, UnKonscious, which will take place in Patong’s Paradise Beach Phuket on 8-9 February. The two-day festival is expected to attract trance music fans from all over Asia, with headliners including world-renowned acts such as Giuseppe Ottaviani and Simon Patterson. Tickets are available on www.ticketmelon.com.
Love it or hate it but February is also the month of love, with Valentine’s Day resulting in hotels and restaurants across the country offering special deals and promotions. With or without a date, this is the time to make big savings on delicious meals and special hotel stays.
Sticking with the love theme, the annual Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony will take place on 12-14 February in Trang province. Equal parts gimmick and tradition, the event has become popular for its unique way of combining traditional Thai wedding traditions and rituals with the more unusual concept of tying the knot underwater. Several hotels and resorts in the area will have special packages available for couples visiting around this time. The only requirements to participate is a scuba diving certificate.
If you have gasoline running through your veins and just can’t get enough of bikes and everything speed, Burapa Bike Week is your event! One of the most anticipated annual events in the seaside resort, Burapa Bike Week is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Pattaya on 14-16 February to enjoy a weekend of live music, parades, exhibitions and entertainment. The “Ride for Peace” parade raises money for charity as well as showcases some of the newest models from big brands such as Vespa, Honda and Suzuki. The gathering also features a rock music festival, exhibition and entertainment.
Music lovers rejoice – there are plenty of events for you in February as well. Electronic music producer and DJ Christopher Comstock, better known as Marshmello, returns to Bangkok on 20 February for a concert at Crystal Design Center. With hit remixes of well known songs such as “Where Are U Now” by Justin Bieber and collaborations with stars such as Anne-Marie, Khalid and Selena Gomez, Marshmello is sure to get the crowds roaring. Tickets are for sale at www.passionhead.co.
Just two days later on 22 February, Bitec Arena is expected to welcome thousands of visitors for the Mangosteen Music Festival Detour. Headliners include Irish rock band Kodaline in their Bangkok debut as well as Polycat and Thai “Lover Boy” sensation Phum Viphurit. Tickets are available through www.ticketmelon.com.
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Now you can study the success of K-pop band BTS – University of California, Berkeley
PHOTO: BTS members posing with South Korean President Moon Jae In
400 million views, 500 million, 600 million. Just scroll through the group’s songbook on YouTube from the past five years and you will be watching music history in the making – a success built on a new pop genre, new ‘music business’ model and seven young South Koreans hell-bent on succeeding in the music world, beyond South Korea.
Now, the global success of K-pop act BTS lies at the core of an academic course launched at the University of California, Berkeley. The student-run course has been announced on the university’s website as part of UC Berkeley’s Democratic Education at Cal program.
The group – consisting RM, J-Hope, Suga, V, Jungkook, Jimin and Jin – have amassed a social media following (called ARMY), ignited live audiences with their happier sharp choreography and won international awards. It hasn’t all been easy and their story, from seven teenagers living in one dorm in Seoul, to international music stars has lessons for all interested in modern pop music.
On the course “Next Generation Leaders: BTS” students will learn about the K-pop boy band’s growing global impact, which led to their immense success.
The DeCal program allows students to create and facilitate their own classes on a variety of subjects, as reported by Yonhap. The BTS class is an option for media students at UC Berkeley and will be offered for the first time in spring.
The course outline for “Next Generation Leaders: BTS” on the school’s website reads: “This course will focus on Korean boy group BTS and their global impact. We will attempt to explore the group’s history, artistry, philanthropy, and many other aspects in order to analyze their growing impact in society as well as their international success.”
It would also dive into the intricate world known as ‘Bangtan Universe’ that the group has created through its album concepts and videos. Media articles and interviews would be utilized as well, and students would come up with theories about the group’s success.
The orientation session for the course was held on Feb. 5, and a Twitter account has been dedicated to the course. A photo on Twitter showed the enrolled students watching a video of BTS’ acclaimed speech during a United Nations General Assembly session in September. BTS fans expressed their support for the program on Twitter.
BTS attended this year’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and made history as the first K-pop presenters at the event. The group’s album Love yourself: Tearwas nominated in the Best Recording Package category. They made history in 2018 with two Number One albums on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
Thai-Indian Funfair in Bangkok tomorrow
The fifth Thai-Indian Funfair returns to Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok tomorrow (Saturday) to strengthen cultural relations between both countries. The fair arrives at a time when Indian tourist arrivals are on an upswing with new direct flights into Bangkok and Phuket providing new routes and cheaper fares.
This annual popular event, held from 3pm to 9pm, is jointly organised by the Indian Embassy in Thailand and the Indian Social Club of Thailand consisting of 65 Associations of Indian Diaspora in Thailand.
It is expected that about 10,000 people, including students of the university, will participate in the event.
A variety of activities are planned such as Thai, Indian, & international cuisine; games, cultural program, lifestyle and northeast India cultural fashion show; Indian heritage corners, India-Thailand quiz contest; special folk dance troupe from Manipur Northeast India, India; exhibitions; first Miss Thai-Indian Funfair Beauty Pageant 2019.
Srinakharinwirot University hosted the first inaugural Thai-Indian Fun Fair in 2014 followed by Thammasat University (Tha Prachan Campus) in 2015 and Chulalongkorn University in 2016. Once again the popular event is returning to Srinakharinwirot University, Sukhumvit 23 in Bangkok. In 2018, SWU hosted the 4th Thai-Indian Fun Fair second time. This is the third time Srinakharinwirot University host annual fun fair at its prestigious campus.
All are welcome to join the day with family and friends and entry is free.
SOURCE: The Nation
Laguna Phuket selected to host inaugural Thai Fight Phuket Asia’s premier
Thai Fight and the Sports Association of Phuket are jointly hosting the inaugural ‘Thai Fight Phuket’, a televised international sport entertainment event showcasing Muay Thai boxing and promoting Phuket tourism. The event will be on Saturday, February 23 at Laguna Phuket.
Thai Fight Phuket will feature King’s Cup Champions; Saenchai, Saensatarn, Payak-Samui and Thai Fight’s Fighter led by Tengnung and Thai actor Peter Denman. A combination of Thai and foreign fighters will be matched up against one another in a purpose-built ring at Laguna Grove, an outdoor event venue by the lagoon where other mass-participation sporting events such as Laguna Phuket Marathon and the Triathlon take place.
“Thanks to Thai Fight, Phuket Province and The Sports Association of Phuket, for selecting Laguna Phuket as Thai Fight Phuket’s venue,” said Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket, at yesterday’s press conference.
“We are confident that Thai Fight Phuket will be another successful event that helps promote Phuket’s sport tourism. We are honored to have been a part of Phuket Province’s success in tourism and sport tourism,” he concluded.
The conference also featured “Muay Thai” Thai Martial Art Shows by Tiger Muay Thai, Thai Fight Phuket’s co-sponsor.
Thai Fight Phuket will be staged on Saturday, February 23 at Laguna Grove, Laguna Phuket. The gate will open from 4pm onward.
The entry is free and tickets will be available for distribution at various locations in Phuket. Polo-shirt option is available for purchase via Line Application @thaifightphuket, where buyer gets 2 tickets per shirt. The event expects to welcome 10,000 Muay Thai fans.
Thai Fight Phuket will be broadcast live on Thai TV Chanel 3, 33, 28 and LINE TV.
To learn more about Thai Fight and Thai Fight Phuket, visit www.thaifight.com
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