World Music Day (« La Fête de la Musique » in french) is coming back to Bangkok for its second edition!
On June 20th and 21st, music will be celebrated for free and, for the first time, online!
Originally created in France in 1982, the World Music Day is a worldwide music celebration which takes place each year in June. In 1981, the French Government developed an important project for the music industry and create a big and popular event that allows all musicians to express themselves for free.
This event aims to promote amateur and professional artists and give them an easy access to the public. It is conceived as a « revolution » for the cultural field, which tends to gather all kinds without hierarchy.
Due to COVID situation, the cultural service of the French Embassy in Thailand has created a free online event, in the spirit of the original project : promoting music from everywhere and for all.
During two days, La Fête and Alliance Française will respond to the beat of electro music, pop, french and thai music, DJ sets and live bands.
On June 20th, the movie French Waves will be shown at Alliance Française, following by hours of set with United We Stream Asia, live from Studio Lam Bangkok.
On 21st, La Fête will stream live music (thaï and french) played from the emblematic pool of So/Bangkok.
Both online events will be streamed on Facebook by Premiere.
First of all, I would like to wish you all the best for this New Year, may it bring you much happiness and may it be punctuated by exciting projects.
I would like also first, to thank the partners without whom this Galleries’ Night 7th edition would not be possible. Many of them accompany us on this special event but also throughout the year. I am happy and grateful that we share this common passion for arts and culture:
BMA (Bangkok Metropolitan Administration) TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
BACC (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre)Thaibev
Thai AirwaysJim ThompsonAesop
And our media partners:
Pimclick Soimilk A day DONT
Bam (Bangkok Art Map)
As you know, Nuit Blanche in Paris inspires the Galleries’ Night spirit. Today we can say that Bangkok has fully appropriated this event, which is part now of the cultural calendar of the year, with this noble ambition to make contemporary art accessible to the greatest number, through a singular event in its form as well as in its content. Last year, among many visitors, I was happy to meet some who traveled to Bangkok especially for Gallerie’s Night. I was impressed by the dynamism and the involvement of the volunteers that the galleries welcome to help guide and inform the public. I was delighted to see the colored Gallerie’s Night tuk-tuks traveling from one gallery to the next, taking away an amused and enthusiastic audience. Thanks to the smartphone application and map designed by Pimclick, it’s impossible to get lost! Everyone can create a tailor-made program for itself based on the exhibitions and detailed special events on these two tools.
This event is also a way of accompanying the growing development of galleries’ activity here. From all these past editions have sprung new passions and so many discoveries. On February 14th, visitors will have the opportunity to discover works in more than 44 galleries in the Silom and Sathorn districts and on February 15th, in more than 26 galleries in Sukhumvit.
70 Galleries are participation to this edition, it’s more than last year !
Bangkok is one of the Asian capitals that attract art lovers and professionals, as regularly reported in some articles in the French national press. It is a new art market place, which will host the second biennale dedicated to Contemporary Art, Bangkok Art Biennale, which will start at the end of this year.
But this beginning of the year is fully dedicated to Visual Arts! The Embassy of France is happy to be part of the next Bangkok Design Week with an exhibition that will testify to a great cooperation project we have led with Vietnam and Indonesia, mixing designers from these 3 Asian countries and French designers. I hope you will have the opportunity to discover D17/20, Design in Southeast Asia, in the building next door, at the Marine Police House, which will present more than 100 objects created by 43 designers associated with 17 factories, starting February 1st.
But, let’s focus to those who are at the heart of this evening, what would such an event be without its main actors: galleries, art spaces and artists? I warmly thank and congratulate all the exhibition venues that will open their doors during the two evenings until late at night, and that will offer visitors a variety of activities to show and experience contemporary art to as many people as possible, whether they are informed, curious or neophytes. And Neophytes for sure will fall in love with Art. “Love is in the Art” says the poster! Art will be all around for this Valentine weekend..
First launched in Thailand in 2013 and inspired by “La Nuit Blanche” (The white nights of Paris), Galleries’ Night is nowadays a highlight of the cultural season in Bangkok bringing together, year after year, a larger audience of curious-minded people and art lovers.
On the night visitors will discover Silom/ Sathorn / Riverside galleries and on the night they will discover Sukhumvit galleries.
The audiences are invited to go from one gallery to another.
To help the visitors through this journey, 30 dedicated tuktuks will travel through specific routes.
Of course, audiences can also take public transportation as well as walking to access each gallery. The dedicated mobile application of Galleries Night (powered by Pimclick) is available for free on Android and Apple stores and aims to help the visitors to choose and find the galleries.
For something a little more classic, a print map with all the galleries and tuktuk routes will be provided for free. Also, more than 80 volunteers will be available to answer your inquiries.
EXHIBITIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS
The galleries will be open from 5 p.m. onwards; the list will be available on Facebook, printed map and mobile application.
Some of them will host special events such as dance, painting performances or live talks. For the official opening ceremony, we will invite partners, press, guests and the public to join us for a special launching drink on Friday February 14th 2020 (venue to be announced).
CONTINUE THE ADVENTURE ON ONLINE
We invite all the participants of Galleries Night 2020 to connect with our community of Galleries’ Night in online by sharing pictures or videos on Facebook and Instagram with official hashtag
The seventh edition of Galleries’ Night returns to Bangkok on February 14th and 15th, with a record gathering of more than 70 galleries and 250 artists from Thailand and all over the world.
During two nights, Galleries’ Night connects art lovers, serious collectors and enthusiasts and invites them to discover famous or hidden art spaces through two different journeys :
Feb. 14th on Silom/Sathorn/ Riverside Feb. 15th on Sukhumvit/Pathumwan
Getting from one gallery to another by our dedicated tuktuks, the audience will enjoy special events and unique contemporary creations in the galleries, which join us every year on this magical night , reflecting the truly global nature of Galleries’ Night.
On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, the two nights will invite the Bangkokians to fall in love with art, culture and beautiful places. One watchword: “Love is in the art“.
The Press Conference for Galleries’ Night will be held on Wednesday, January 15th 2020 from 5.00 p.m., at the Residence of the French Ambassador.
This year, Galleries’ Night breaks new ground. In a new format, the press conference will enhance exchanges and discussions, with the aim of fostering enriching encounters between artists, galleries and journalists.
You will have the opportunity to talk and interview galleries, artists and organization members in a relaxed and beautiful venue.
GALLERIES’NIGHT– 7th EDITION – 14th & 15th FEBRUARY 2020
2 nights to visit more than 65 galleries
Friday14thFebruary2020: Launching Ceremony (Venue to be confirmed) Silom/Sathorn/Riverside line
Saturday15thFebruary2020: Sukhumvit line
From5 p.m. onwards
Freeadmissionfor every gallery Free dedicated Tuktuks
The 50-page print publication shares the inspirational stories behind the innovative practices, individuals and experiences that have earned Luang Prabang a reputation as of one of southeast Asia’s most sustainable destinations
Five-star Pullman Luang Prabang recently launched its first annual Sustainability Guide, designed to introduce and encourage guests and a wider global audience to experience the city’s celebrated sustainability ethos.
The former Lao capital has long been renowned for its deep connection to cultural heritage, tradition and community — all of which have fuelled the rapid take-up of sustainable practices in recent years, especially within the hospitality sector. It therefore came as no surprise when, shortly after opening in 2018, Pullman Luang Prabang began to champion, and establish partnerships with, community-based tourism enterprises and organic farms, as well as introducing its own initiatives in tandem with the city-wide efforts.
“Everything here is about preservation and this mentality is deeply rooted within the community, laying the fundamentals for openness towards sustainable practices,” says Denis Dupart, the resort’s general manager. “Beyond our own efforts, we wanted to showcase this collaborative spirit and ensure our guests and other visitors to Luang Prabang appreciate how unique this destination is.”
The decision to highlight these success stories in the guide also chimes with AccorHotels’ global sustainable development programme, Planet 21, which promotes onsite and community-based practices, eco-design, the use of environmentally-friendly products and locally-sourced ingredients for the kitchen and spa.
But it is Pullman Luang Prabang’s hyperlocal approach to sustainability that forms the basis of the guide. Such initiatives include the development of an expansive onsite garden that supplies the resort’s all-day dining restaurant, L’Atelier, with an abundance of fruit and vegetables.
Other ingredients, meanwhile, are locally-sourced from the city’s famous morning market and organic farms such as Living Land, with the exception of some highly unique — to Laos at least — dairy products. For its mozzarella, ricotta, feta, blue cheese and yoghurt needs, the resort calls on the services of Laos Buffalo Dairy, the country’s first dairy farm. The socially-responsible enterprise rents local buffalos for dairy production, providing local farmers with a steady income and training on how to effectively care for the valuable animals. It welcomes individuals and groups to experience the interactive farm, dairy facilities and of course the delicious products firsthand.
Pullman Luang Prabang also organizes its own interactive experiences, namely seasonal rice cultivation classes for families and corporate groups, as well as complimentary tours of the organic garden that can be booked at reception. After the harvest, the rice husks, a byproduct of the cultivation process, are donated to MandaLao Elephant Conservation camp — another admirable program that combines responsible tourism, animal conservation, and local community involvement.
In addition to joining in with the hands-on activities at the 123-room resort, guests can explore the onsite craft store, which features products from other local partners including Ock Pop Tok. Launched in 2000 by local Laos weaver Veo Douangdala and British photographer Jo Smith, what initially began as a small-scale venture selling a handful of designs has evolved into one of the most successful, socially-responsible and sustainable startups in Laos. It now operates stores throughout Luang Prabang and a nearby handicraft centre on the banks of the Mekong River.
Dupart explains that collaborative efforts to ensure sustainable practices are effective in the city to go way beyond the private sector. “Both the public and private sectors are aware of the importance of retaining Luang Prabang’s authenticity while still growing in a sustainable way. If tourism in the city fails, we all lose, so it’s essential that this is done properly.”
Recent accolades received by Pullman Luang Prabang suggest it already doing its fair share to ensure the city’s future remains green. The resort was the only property in Luang Prabang to be awarded the Green Hotel Standard Awards at the seventh annual event in January. The recognition covers a wide range of areas such as waste and water management, use of green products, human resources, pollution control and energy efficiency.
Indeed, Pullman Luang Prabang operates in a way that is fully integrated with its eco-system. Guests can therefore rest assured that the food they eat is locally sourced, the water they use is treated and recycled and that everyone in the supply chain benefits from the success of the resort.
Moreover, guests receive a complimentary copy of the first annual Pullman Luang Prabang Sustainability Guide upon arrival and can schedule private and group day tours to discover for themselves all the attractions and enterprises featured in the publication and that make the city one of southeast Asia’s most sustainable destinations.
Here’s another reason to visit UNO MAS’s second location in the Foodhall of Central Chidlom: to try the restaurant’s “Socarrat” rice, which is the lightly toasted, slightly caramelized crust of rice found in a good paella.
Following Catalan traditions, this style of rice is cooked in a “Llauna”, a type of tin container that’s often used to cook one of Spain’s more unusual delicacies… snails.
While you won’t find snails on the menu here priced at just THB 199 net, the crispy, caramelized thin layer of Bomba rice does come four different ways here at UNO MAS, with either shrimp; chicken, mushroom & squid; Mediterranean-style with white fish & mussels; or with green seasonal vegetables.
Find our second, smaller location in the Foodhall of Central Chidlom in Central Bangkok (accessable directly via Chid Lom BTS.
Our new “Socarrat rice cooked in Llauna” is available daily from 09.00 – 21.30 alongside a tasty menu of tapas and UNO MAS signature dishes and drinks.
Avani Hotels & Resorts announces the opening of the brand new 289-room Avani Central Busan Hotel (www.avanihotels.com/central-busan), in the Republic of Korea. Renowned for its status as the country’s main commercial port, home to the Korea Exchange, and a renowned leisure destination, Busan was selected as the perfect host for Avani. The stylish and relaxed Avani Central Busan Hotel offers convenient access to business travellers and holiday makers to enjoy the city’s hotspots from the heart of Busan’s financial centre
Guests to Avani Central Busan Hotel can choose from seven room types, ranging from studio-style accommodations to one-bedroom suites with separate living areas. Each guest room and suites boasts amazing city or mountain views, and in some cases both, no matter the room category, each is designed for optimal comfort and convenience, from flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi to rainfall showers and tea and coffee making stations – delivering every amenity for the perfect stay.
Business travellers and holidaymakers alike will find all they need at Avani Central Busan Hotel. The Lobby Lounge welcomes visitors with refreshing beverages and light snacks, ideal for a casual business meeting at the open workspace or a respite between exploring the city on one of the comfy sofas. The CUBE all-day dining offers delicious local Korean flavours and international favourites, featuring Avani’s honest approach to food by sourcing ingredients locally. The AvaniFit gym is open 24/7 so a workout can fit into any schedule, while the fully equipped meeting room can be arranged to host up to 150 guests for business or leisure events.
Avani Central Busan Hotel is conveniently located within the Munhyeon Finance Complex, at the centre of Busan’s commercial district, where business travellers can head directly to the Busan International Financial Centre, Bank of Korea’s Busan headquarters, and the regional headquarters for several government financial bodies as well as one of the largest musical theatre in Korea – Dream Theatre. The complex also has a direct connection to the Busan subway system and is a 15-minute drive to Korea’s bullet train KTX stop and international cruise terminal.
For leisure guests, the Avani Central Busan Hotel is only a 30-minute drive to the most popular beach in Korea, Haeundae Beach, while shopping at Seomyon is just a 10-minute walk away. To savour local culture, Jagalchi Fish Market and Gamcheon Village are a short drive, as are the spectacular views from Hwangnyeongsan Mountain. No matter the experience, Avani Central Busan Hotel can assist in curating experiences to enhance any traveller’s journey through the seaside town.
Launched in response to a growing global group of discerning world travellers whose priorities are style and value, Avani Hotels & Resorts (www.avanihotels.com) is a contemporary, upbeat brand that delivers the perfect balance of sleep, space, sustenance and service.
Avani Hotels & Resorts currently operates over 30 properties in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, most recently debuting in Cambodia. The brand has a strong pipeline of new properties under development, including in new destinations such as the Maldives, Vietnam and Thailand.
GaiGaipartnersZoukAtSeaforsingles’cruiseevent– summer edition happening on 29-31 May 2020
Thisis their second singles’ cruise event with an expected turnout of 100 attendees
EventpostponedfrominitialFebruarydatesto safeguard well-being of participants and facilitators
Local leading dating agency GaiGai has postponed its Valentine’s Day Mega Event onboard Genting Dream Cruise to new dates in May 2020 (29 May to 31 May 2020), in view of COVID-19 outbreak in Asia. GaiGai at Sea on The WKND by Zouk at Sea: Valentine Edition was slated to sail-off on 14 February to 16 February 2020, with an expected turnout of 100 single attendees.
The 3D2N singles’ event is held in collaboration with Zouk At Sea, and marks GaiGai’s second time working with Zouk after their first edition in October 2019, where it was met with overwhelming response, with slots being snapped up within one week. The event was also a resounding success, with highly positive feedback from participants and a successful match rate of 30%.
Mr Alex Tam, Head of GaiGai said: “The well-being of our participants and facilitators are at the top of our concerns when the COVID-19 situation was rapidly developing in January 2020. GaiGai immediately worked with Zouk At Sea and Genting Dream Cruises on precautionary measures and also provided timely updates to our participants. Our priority is to safeguard the interests of our participants – both in terms of the booked cabins as well as their safety. Even though the cruise event has been postponed, we will continue to monitor the situation closely. Our GaiGai team is still highly excited and driven to deliver the GaiGai experience during this romantic 3D2N getaway.”
Mr Jason Kong, General Manager of Zouk At Sea said: “We are excited that GaiGai has chosen to work with us again for their second edition of GaiGai At Sea as we share a common vision in providing opportunities to bond and to create real social connections. Hosted as part of Zouk At Sea’s The WKND travel lifestyle experience, we look forward to collaborating closely with GaiGai to foster connections among like-minded individuals and to be a bridge to connect millennials across different cultures and lifestyles.”
GaiGai at Sea: Valentine Edition has been postponed to GaiGai at Sea: Summer Edition, happening from 29 May to 31 May 2020. The mega event will happen onboard Genting Dream Cruise, Asia’s first luxury cruise line. Participants will be treated to an attractive fare with a fun-filled curated itinerary, which includes meals in fine-dining establishments, games and challenges in Zouk Club, interest-based activities with guaranteed rotations, a romantic-themed gala night, and the famous Foam Party at outdoor club Zouk Beach Club. Fleek, GaiGai’s coaching arm, will also come on board to provide enriching talks to participants.
This event is supported by Spark Connections, a bi-annual signature initiative by Social Development Network (SDN), for eligible individuals to expand their social network and make new friends while pursuing their hobbies and interests. Spark Connections 2020 will happen from 14 February till 29 March 2020. By signing up for Spark Connections at www.sdn.sg before 23 March 2020, singles will get to enjoy $100 worth of free credits to offset GaiGai at Sea: Summer Edition mega event!
Registration for the cruise event is still open. Check out more details, FAQ and register for GaiGai at Sea on The WKND by Zouk at Sea: Summer Edition HERE.
Unicorn Hospitality’s 47-key urban oasis in the Thai capital’s historic Sam Yot district promises stylish stays with premium accommodation and amenities, including a pool and restaurant
Unicorn Hospitality, the forward-thinking Thai hotel management company, has announced that Villa de Pranakorn, its elegant new luxury boutique hotel in Bangkok’s historic Sam Yot district, will open for bookings on 14th of February 2020.
Nestled in the Thai capital’s captivating old quarter, Villa de Pranakorn blends a refined urban style and luxury amenities with Thailand’s rich heritage, culture and cuisine. This intimate 47-key hotel provides the perfect base to escape the hustle and bustle of this 21st Century metropolis and discover Bangkok’s old-world charm, including landmarks such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Yaowarat, the city’s vibrant Chinatown.
Thailand’s world-famous street food can be savoured at a selection of roadside stalls, chic cafés and traditional shophouse restaurants such as Jay Fai, the famous Michelin-starred noodle joint. Then after dark, this trendy neighbourhood comes to life as locals and visitors rub shoulders at hip cocktail bars.
Villa de Pranakorn features a choice of accommodation for every occasion, from solo-friendly Superior Rooms to couple-focused Premium and Grand Deluxe Rooms, all the way up to the luxurious Mahachai and Pranakorn Suites. Every room is equipped with contemporary amenities and adorned with a modern yet understated design and images of old Bangkok. Comfortable beds, rain showers and complimentary Wi-Fi ensure that guests can stay well rested, refreshed and fully connected throughout their stay, and some rooms even offer standalone or circular bathtubs.
Villa de Pranakorn is committed to a plastic-free future. Working with eco-friendly company, Panpuri, in-room amenities are made from bamboo or packed in stone paper. The hotel has also teamed up with Nordaq, a water filtration company, to produce its own drinking water onsite. This enables every guest to refill their own glass water bottle free-of-charge during their stay, rather than using harmful plastic versions. Every room is equipped with two complimentary water bottles – one still and one sparkling.
The launch of Villa de Pranakorn follows the recent opening of Sam Yot MRT subway station, a brand new light rail station located just a short walk from the hotel, which puts the entire city within easy reach. The lively streets of Silom and Sukhumvit are only a few stops away on the Blue Line, and Bangkok’s main railway station, Hua Lamphong, can be reached in just two stops. Further down the line, Chatuchak Park station allows shoppers to alight at one of Asia’s biggest markets.
“It gives us great pleasure to welcome guests to Villa de Pranakorn, our beautiful new boutique retreat in the historic heart of Bangkok. This luxurious urban oasis allows travelers to unwind with deluxe accommodation and amenities, amid an enchanting ambiance that reflects the grace of old Siam. Guests can taste exquisite local cuisine, enjoy a traditional Thai massage, plunge into our inviting pool, or head out and discover this enticing area of the city. We invite curious explorers to discover Bangkok’s past, present, and future at Villa de Pranakorn,” said Erik Lannge, the hotel’s General Manager.
The opening of Villa de Pranakorn forms part of a period of rapid growth for Unicorn Hospitality, with several other hotels and resorts scheduled to open their doors in the coming months. The company’s overall aim is to triple its worldwide portfolio to 12 properties by early 2021.
To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Villa de Pranakorn has created a special promotion. Guests can enjoy a two-night stay from 14th February to 31st March for just THB 14,900, including Champagne breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers, dinner for two from our chef’s special set menu, a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, and a one-hour Thai or aroma massage for two people. This fantastic package is valid for bookings made until 31st March.
33rd TIFF: Oct. 31 – Nov. 9, 2020 At Roppongi Hills and Hibiya area
TIFFCOM2020: Nov. 4 – 6, 2020 At The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and TIFFCOM2020 -the Marketplace for Film and TV in Asia- have announced 2020 dates for the festival and market. The 33rd TIFF will be held for 10 days from October 31 (Sat.) through November 9 (Mon.) at Roppongi Hills, the Hibiya area and other venues in Tokyo; while TIFFCOM will be held for 3 days from November 4 (Wed.) through 6 (Fri.) at a new venue, The Prince Park Tower Tokyo. TIFF and TIFFCOM will strengthen their collaboration, creating new fall colors with film, since they are running during the same period at venues that are within walking distance from each other in central Tokyo.
“This year’s Tokyo International Film Festival will deepen communications with other countries like never before, during this year of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics,” commented TIFF Chairman Hiroyasu Ando. “Focusing on cooperation with TIFFCOM, which will once again be held at the same time as TIFF, we would like to enrich the festival’s content. We look forward to welcoming you to the 33rd TIFF.”
TIFFCOM CEO Yasushi Shiina commented: “TIFFCOM2019 welcomed participants from 56 countries/regions around the world, and it’s growing bigger and bigger every year. Marking our 17th year in 2020, TIFFCOM will move to a new venue closer to the festival. TIFFCOM will continue developing as a marketplace for the latest comprehensive audiovisual projects and products, and an ever-expanding global network.”
See you in Tokyo in 2020!
33rd Tokyo International Film Festival Date: October 31 (Sat.) – November 9 (Mon.), 2020 Venues: Roppongi Hills, Hibiya area and other venues in Tokyo Official Website: www.tiff-jp.net *Film submissions for the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival will be accepted from April-July 2020.
TIFFCOM2020 Date: November 4 (Wed.) – 6 (Fri.), 2020 Venues: The Prince Park Tower Tokyo Official Website: www.jcs.tokyo/en/
On Feb 9 at the 92nd Academy Awards, Parasite by director Bong Joon Ho won the best picture, director, international feature, and original screenplay! During his acceptance speech, he thanked director Quentin Tarantino for always including Bong Joon Ho’s film on lists of his favorites. Actually, these two directors first met in 2013, when director Tarantino made a visit to the 18th Busan International Film Festival to meet with director Bong. Congratulations to director Bong Joon Ho on making history and hope everyone enjoys this footage of the two great directors!