Anantara Hotels Announces Dates for 2020 King’s Cup Elephant Boat Race & River Festival

Finals at King’s Elephant Boat Race

The spirit and energy of boat racing return to Bangkok with the announcement of the second annual King’s Cup Elephant Boat Race and River Festival, taking place on the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River next to Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. From 28th February to 1st March 2020, guests including sports enthusiasts, families, and socialites, will flock from far and wide to enjoy the fun-filled three-day charitable event, and soak up the adrenaline-filled the atmosphere

Fancy Dressing at River Festival

A unique event in the center of Bangkok, teams from around the world will paddle it out alongside last year’s winners, the Royal Thai Navy Seals. Teams will paddle specially designed boats decorated with artistic elephant themed sculptures with tails inspired by traditional Thai fish motifs. Each race takes place across 400m with 4 teams per heat, the first to cross the finish line wins and progresses closer to winning the King’s Cup. Spectators will delight in a weekend of thrilling competitive action on the river as well as an extensive variety of family-friendly, high-quality entertainment on land at the River Festival.

Singto Numchok in concert at River Festival

In addition to soaking up the racing action, guests are invited to enjoy an abundance of on-land entertainment including live music concerts, kid’s arts and crafts, funfair rides and a wide selection of delicious food and beverages throughout the day and night, all set against the stunning backdrop of Thailand’s capital city.

The first-ever King’s Cup Elephant Boat Race & River Festival was a tremendous success, over 9000 attendees came together to raise significant funds for the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). The GTAEF distributes these funds across a variety of projects dedicated to captive and wild elephant welfare, enabling them to continue their vital work throughout Thailand.

Event organizers Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas prides itself on continuously driving efforts and supporting its conservational expertise on behalf of Thailand’s national animal. Keeping this at the forefront, the annual sporting and society event all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to elephant-related projects throughout Thailand whilst also generating awareness to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.

To join Anantara Hotels in celebrating Thailand’s national animal and to support fundraising for their conservation and welfare, please visit

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The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World

Peel the Limelight will take audiences to the darkest side of theatre – with Shaun Prendergast’s play “The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World”

“The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World” makes its Bangkok premiere this November, promising an unprecedented theatre-going experience. Last month Peel the Limelight announced residency and collaboration with Spark Drama for the the 2015/2016 season, bringing a total of four new productions. The first production of the season will be Shaun Prendergast’s gripping and ground breaking piece of contemporary theatre in which the audience will be able to feel, hear, smell and touch but not see.

The play is part of the Bangkok Theatre Festival and will be performed in English from November 13th to November 28th at the Spark Drama Space. Discounts for early bookings and students are available as well as special packages for schools interested in bringing groups of students.

The play tells the story of a poor Mexican woman born with a disfiguring genetic condition and sold as a child to be exhibited in freak shows around the world. Peel the Limelight’s production will be a sensory performance based on perception, discrimination and exploitation. The audience will be (and must remain) blindfolded to experience the show.

“The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World” is based on true events. During her lifetime, the real Julia Pastrana attracted the attention of influential people of her time such as P.T. Barnum and even Charles Darwin, who included her in his book “The Variation of Animal and Plants under Domestication”.

In 2013, more than a century and a half after her death, Julia Pastrana was given a proper burial near her birthplace in Sinaloa, Mexico. A New York Times article credited Shaun Prendergast’s play as the inspiration for the nearly decade-long campaign that had her repatriated from a locked storage room in an Oslo research institute.

The play was written by British actor and playwright Shaun Prendergast. A founder member of Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Theatre Company, he has also made appearances as a pantomime dame –described on his debut in the Daily Telegraph as ‘the finest, funniest pantomime Dame in London.’ He has written extensively for the stage, television, radio and film.

The Spark Drama studio is conveniently located a 5-minute walk from the MRT Sukhumvit and BTS Asoke stations, in the 2nd floor of the Jasmine City Building. It hosted the Take Off Festival last year and has welcomed hundreds of aspiring actors to its drama classes, some of whom have gone on to successful careers in the film and TV industries. Spark Drama is lead by acting coaches Piangpaitoon Satrawaha, Romchat Tanalappipat and Keerati Siwakua.


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The thriving art scene of today’s Bangkok has seen new galleries opening up since early last year, adding a welcoming touch and fresh artistic vibe to the already saturated plethora of department stores. A good sign showing that, Bangkok is trying to pin itself onto the worldwide destination city for art and culture.

With artistic initiatives such as the first PhotoBangkok Festival 2015 (July 29th – Oct. 4th, 2015), let’s all hope that the city will be back into the highlights but this time not for its political turmoil and economic instability.

Adler Subhashok Gallery

Hard to find upon the first visit and tucked in a small alley off Sukhumvit soi 33, Adler Subhashok Gallery will impress visitors with its modern design building spread across four floors with over 1,000 square meters of space dedicated to Art.

With an international and highly professional team, including collector Subhashok Angkasuwansiri (owner of Subhashok Art Center), French couple Armelle and Joel Cohen of Adler gallery Paris, and Subhashok’s French art dealer, Laurent de Pass, the gallery aims to market Thai contemporary art around the world as well as introducing more Western art to Thai collectors.

Expect artworks and installations by upcoming young Thai artists or by international artists whose works has never or rarely been exhibited in Bangkok.

Their next exhibition titled “Wu Jin”「凝視 無盡」, by Taiwanese master of modern photography Ko Si-Chi, is an ‘Exhibition of Timelessness’ (Sept. 11th – Oct. 18th, 2015).

*This exhibition is part of Photo Bangkok 2015

“Wu Jin”「無盡」meaning ‘timelessness’ in Chinese, describes Mr. Ko’s current status; keep walking, keep shooting, freeze the time, cross time and space, step over the beauty, stand far above the unworldliness, this name is also inspirited from the “Endless Light” in Vimalakirti Sutra-Buddha Chapter.

[Opening reception: September 11th 2015, 7:00 pm]

Adler Subhashok Gallery – Bangkok

160/3 Soi Sukhumvit 33, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongton Nue, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

Tel: (+66) 2-662-0299

 56th Studio

Further down and hidden deep inside Sukhumvit soi 31 (BTS Phrom Phong), another privately owned gallery, 56th Studio was created by Thai creative director/designer Napawan and art director/bartender Saran. This quirky space is dedicated to Visual Designs with a blend of graphic design, illustration, product design, furniture and ‘everything sitting in between’.Combining a pop-up speakeasy with drinks tailored to the theme of each exhibition, the 45sqm attic function not only as an office to a multi-disciplinary design studio; but also as a bar, a concept store and a meeting point where established designers, upcoming artists and all design-lovers collides.Their monthly-curated events showcase young and upcoming designers and makers, with selected graphic prints, illustrations, furniture and fine art. Make sure to have a chat with them on their secret outdoor covered terrace and try their excellent concoctions.56th Studio Private Gallery (opens on Fri, Sat, Sun from 12.00 – 24.00)

235/10, unit 9-11 Green Connect, Sukhumvit soi 31, Klongtun-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

H Gallery Bangkok

H Gallery Bangkok was established in 2002 and deserves a special mention in this article as one of Thailand’s pioneering leading venues for current art in the region by maintaining a curated program of experimental works and international dialogues.

With an exclusive focus on Thai artists, the gallery has evolved as critical shifts in Asia’s art scenes and continues to ensure their transnational importance for the very notion of Contemporary Art ‘made in Thailand’.

In 2011, as a continuation of Bangkok’s longstanding history of alternative venues, saw the birth of H Project Space (on the second floor of H gallery), directed by Dr. Brian Curtin, an art critic and curator.

In 2012, H Gallery Chiang Mai opened with an installation by the celebrated Thai artist Mit Jai-Inn. H Gallery also manages two exhibition spaces at Gaysorn department store in Bangkok.

The gallery roster includes Sopheap Pich, Somboon Hormtientong and Jakkai Siributr. H galleries has also collaborated with Shen Wei, Sakarin Krue-On, Michael Lee, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong, Olivier Pin-Fat, Viet Le, Simon Larbalestier and a provocative variety of emerging and established talents.

H Gallery keeps an extensive inventory of works, which can be viewed by appointment only.

Upcoming exhibition at H gallery Bangkok:

Frank Hallam Day ‘Call Waiting: Bangkok Phone Booths’

(Aug. 6 – Sept. 27, 2015) *This exhibition is part of Photo Bangkok 2015

A multivalent series of photographs of Bangkok’s battered public phone booths.

H GALLERY BANGKOK / H PROJECT SPACE . 201 Sathorn Soi 12 Bangkok

H GALLERY CHIANG MAI . Mae Rim Province . Chiang Mai – Near The Four Seasons Resort

G1 CONTEMPORARY & THE SPACE . Gaysorn Shopping Center . Bangkok


HGALLERYBKK.COM Tel: +66(0)85 021 5508

Speedy Grandma & Speedy Grandchild

Speedy Grandma* was founded in August 2012 by Lee Anantawat and Thomas Menard, both big supporters and art enthusiasts of the dynamic Thai contemporary art scene. Entering 2015, Pisitakun Kuntalang and Judha Su united the team, and they started to position themselves as an “alternative space”.

In addition to monthly exhibitions held at Speedy Grandma, they recently launched a new project, Speedy Grandchild, which is exclusively dedicated for art students or young (inexperienced) artists to occupy their second floor studio each month.

Opened for any kind of experimental ideas, they are also running artist-in-residency programs for international artists who would like to work and share their experiences with local artists and audiences. Lee Anantawat ‘Granny’ truly believes in the transformative power of art, youthful spirit, and non-hierarchical relationships. She declares: “Art should not be condemned to an isolated or exclusive universe, so our main mission is to advocate for the dynamic and critical role of art in the society. We see the experimentation as a mode of inquiry which is necessary if we are to insist on a constant, probing and generous interaction with reality. If you are having any daring and risk-taking idea, and think we can be helpful, just contact us; as ‘Granny’ with a restless soul I am always available for you”.

*The name “Speedy Grandma” was from an urban ghost legend. A Grandma riding a motorbike in Bangkok was cut in two pieces by a string stretched in a small street. The legend says that if anyone rides too fast in that small street, he will see in his wing mirror the upper half Grandma’s body crawling after his vehicle… As an urban legend can be spread out quickly, the “Speedy Grandma” space aims at popularizing art, and intend to promote a new generation of talented and ambitious artists. The name also reveals the quirky character of the four members team.

Speedy Grandma & Speedy Grandchild, 672/50-52 Soi Charoenkrung 28, Bangrak, Bangkok

Tel: +66811005154 (Jen) / +66921158696 (Thomas)

Soy Sauce Factory

Following his steps to develop more art venues in what was then ‘an abandoned part of Chinatown’, Thomas Menard (co-founder of Speedy Grandma) opened Soy Sauce Factory in May 2014, an eclectic art space which operates like a bar gallery on the first floor, an exhibition space on the second floor, and an artist in residence accommodations on the third floor. The interior is bare and industrial, a reminiscence of New York warehouses converted into airy lofts. Upstairs regular exhibitions are often held in collaboration with Most photography agency, lead by Eliseo Barbara.

The recent addition to the venue is a Northern style street food restaurant overlooking the destitute khlong and offering outdoor sittings. Enjoy a strong ‘rhum arrange’ (perfumed rum) while swinging over the canal, home to a couple of giant lizards.

Soy Sauce Factory, Soi 24, Charoenkrung road, Bangkok

Tel: +66(0)61 835 6824

S gallery

A recent addition to Bangkok art galleries, Sofitel Bangkok (Sukhumvit) luxury hotel has launched its own 100-square-meter gallery inspired by French contemporary art and design.

In what was previously Le Bar, S gallery hosts new exhibitions every two months. Curated by MG art design, they feature the works of Thai or French painters, photographers, sculptors and installation artists.

Current exhibition: ‘Out of Curiosity’ by Bruno Tanquerel (June 18th – Sept 6th, 2015)

French artist and architect Bruno Tanquerel’s solo exhibition features his latest contemporary artwork in the style of Paul Klee, with abstract lines that touch upon human relationships.

S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

Tel: +66(0)93-582-6588

YenakArt Villa

The latest addition to the burgeoning Bangkok art scene, YenakArt Villa is the second collaboration between Frederic Meyer and Jeremy Opritesco (Namsah Bottling Trust).

Inside a spacious building influenced by the European 1930’s architectural avant-garde and a facade made entirely from glass, facing a 600 square meters garden, the innovative duo created a place “where art could be enjoyed during intimate gatherings, in the presence of the exhibited artist; a place where art is considered as an essential part of a subtle and exciting life-style; a place where art could be experienced together with fine dining, wine tastings and music; a place with a cosy ambience, where all the guests could express their own personalities, in the company of old and new friends.”

The highlight being their bi-monthly exclusive gathering with fine dining paired along with wine in the presence of the artist and music played by a DJ according to the exhibited art works. For each diner, around 15 invitations are sent out to selected individuals, from art collectors, art critics, journalists, key opinion leaders, academics, artists to entrepreneurs, mainly Thai but as well to expats living in Thailand.

Yenarkart Villa is located at 69 Soi Prasat Suk and can be visited only by appointment

Tel. +66(0)2235-9800 email:

Photos: courtesy from the galleries unless specified (© photo by Vincent Sung)

URBAN TEMPLATES (contemporary dance performance)


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED contemporary dance performance playing only this weekend


URBAN TEMPLATES is a double bill contemporary dance performance by young choreographers James Batchelor and Navinda Pachimsawat Vadtanakovint (Lordfai) examining human interactions within the urban landscape. Working with support from the Australia Thailand Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. These two exciting and innovative new works both bring together an exciting mix of Australian and Thai artists working across various arts disciplines.

METASYSTEMS is a new work by award winning Australian choreographer James Batchelor. Documenting the processes taking place at construction sites in Bangkok, METASYSTEMS is an observation of the rapidly evolving urban landscape. 8 Thai and Australian performers and 512 concrete bricks are constructed and assembled in mesmerizing patterns and rhythms. Batchelor is developing METASYSTEMS as part of a 5-week residency in Bangkok with support from the Australia Thailand Institute Artist in Residency Program.

FRACTALS is an integration of dance and architectural installation. It explores the standardized and repetitive patterns in human behaviors, within the safe-zone of social norms that we ourselves created and accept. The work portrays machine-like ways of living, our constant attempt to achieve the perfect standardize form, through the construction of uniform geometrical structures on stage. Navinda is developing FRACTALS alongside collaborating performers, architects and sound designer from Australia and Thailand with the support of Australia-Thailand Institute Grant.

Dates: Friday 19 June 8pm, Saturday 20 June 3pm and 8pm, Sunday 21st June 3pm

Venue: Creative Industries, @ Mtheatre New Petchburi Rd. Bangkok, Thailand 10110 (between the end of Thonglor & Ekkamai)

Ticket Prices: 300 baht (adults)/200 baht (students)

Bookings please contact; / 086-300-2081 or / 086-359-0904


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Festival of India in Thailand

*All events are free.

Please RSVP for DAKSHA SETH DANCE performance on 13th March as there are limited seats. This will enable us to keep a seat/seats for you. 

S. No Date Time Event Venue
1 10th MARCH (Tuesday) 6:30 p.m. RAGHU DIXIT – World Music Concert Open Air Concert

Central World Mall

2 13th MARCH


6:30 p.m. DAKSHA SETH – Dance Performance Aksra Theatre
3 22nd MARCH


3:00 p.m. RAJASTHAN JOSH & FUN FAIR Thammassat University

Embassy of India,


Tel: 02-2580300/05 (Extn. 159/112)

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Pullman G hotel

This is what Thailand would look like today if the Khmer kings had won their wars and now ruled over Siam. Clear forms, dark wood, white walls, and flowing light fabrics—none of characteristically colorful Thai splendor. We can thank the Khmer for both Angkor Wat and a sort of seriousness—nice, stylish, and real. The hotel in the middle of Bangkok’s business district upholds the highest standard.


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Cafe Ice Silom

Combining the best of contemporary Thai art with an eclectic dining menu, guests will be spoiled with choice when paying a visit to Café Ice. Delicacies like the Andaman soft shell crabs and the spareribs will leave your mouth watering. Owner Khun Ice has handpicked the Thai and Chinese-style contemporary furniture, while the paintings adorning the walls are provided by local artists. The cherry on top? All of the artwork is available for purchase.

44/2 Soi Piphat 2
BTS Silom Line to Chong Nonsi
Mon–Sat 11 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm
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Nagicia Bali x Rooftop Gallery Bangkok

Please join us for this one day event. Artisan jewellery & handbags made in the Island of the Gods brought to the City of Angels for your perusal.

Meet the Designer Tricia Kim ~ drinks & good conversation guaranteed…


Maxine Helfman, “Historical Correction” – photo exhibition

Maxine Helfman is a brilliant American artist brimming with an amazing array of thought provoking concepts and shocking interaction of ideas all in one image. This exhibition of Historical Correction is a symbolism of slaves dressing in the garments of their masters.
The collages are of US Presidents, who were all slave owners, in spite of their promoting freedom for all people