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  • Tom 4:33 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , ASEAN Music and Culture Festival, , chairmanship, , , Culture Festival, , , music, Music and Culture Festival, Music Festival, , , ,   

    ASEAN Music and Culture Festival to Conclude Thailand´s Chairmanship 

    Music Festival

    Music Festival: Flickr.com

    ASEAN National Secretariat is in cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to launch the last ASEAN event before passing the chairmanship to Vietnam on 1 January 2010.

    Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs, Wittawat Sriwihok today chaired a press conference on the launch of ASEAN Music and Culture Festival in a bid to promote the unity among 10 ASEAN countries via each country’s remarkable cultures and music. The event will take place at Central world Plaza from 11 to 12 December 2009. (More …)

  • Tom 8:33 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Buddhist monks, cultural markets, , Joe Louis, Khlong San, music, Naatayasala Theater, , Princess Mother Memorial Park, puppet performances, Suan Somdet Ya, ,   

    Suan Somdet Ya to organize memorial event for Princess Mothe 

    Related units have joined hands to organize the 11th commemorative event for Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra on 21 October 2009 at the Princess Mother Memorial Park or Suan Somdet Ya in Khlong San district in the capital city of Bangkok (See Bangkok Hotels) .

    According to the Princess Mother Memorial Park Secretary-General, Thanpuying Butri Viravaidya, the event will be organized by the park, the Fine Arts Department, the Bangkok (See Bangkok Hotels) Metropolitan Administration and the Tourism Authority of Thailand(See Thailand Hotels). The event this year will mark the 109th birthday anniversary of the Princess Mother. (More …)

  • Tom 8:49 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Akihabara, Akihabara Entamatsuri, , anime, Asakusa, , CoFesta, comic books, electronics, , , , , , , game, , Ginza, historical sites, International Drama Festival, , Japan Fashion Week, , Kyodo, , music, otaku, pop culture, , Shibuya, showcase, , , Tokyo Asia Music Market, Tokyo Game Show, Tokyo International Film Festival, , , ,   

    1-month festival to start this week, showcasing Japanese pop culture now 



    Japan will showcase the full lineup of its creative powers ranging from games, animation and ”manga” comic books to films, music and fashion through a series of events starting this week to highlight their attractiveness and seek more international business opportunities.

    The events, to be held under the banner of the Japan International Contents Festival, or CoFesta, until late October, will begin with the Sept. 24-27 Tokyo Game Show 2009, the world’s largest computer entertainment show, at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba on the outskirts of Tokyo. (More …)

  • Tom 10:59 am on September 5, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , alone, , , , , favourite, guidebook, , , , , living, magazine, , music, , pay cheque, Ploy Mallikamas, publication, reader, , teen, , , , , TV, , writer   


    Travel writer Ploy Mallikamas shares the journey of her life

    Ploy Mallikamas

    Ploy Mallikamas

    If you ask a professional writer how to excel in their industry or seek out such advice from how-to-become-a-writer books, the advice you will most likely discover would be something along the lines of “just write” – as simple as that.

    But committing your life to the job title of “writer” may require second thoughts, said travel writer Ploy Mallikamas.

    “Anybody can write, as I was once told by a professional writer. But, to write for a living, in Thailand especially, you need a good deal of courage and a back-up plan before pledging your life for your passion instead of your pay cheque.” (More …)

  • Tom 2:41 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: 2PM, Academy Fantasia, Ben Chalathit, Brandnew Sunset, C-Quint, Cha-Em, Dan Woradej, , gaggles, Gancore Club, Girly Berry, K-Otic, Kamikaze, Knock the Knock, , Lady Gaga, Laolom, Look Pong, Mild, music, No Music No Life, One-Two-Three-Soul, Padcha, Parn Tanaporn, , , Pop Hit, Pop Idol, Pop Indy, Pop Music, Pop Music Awards, Pop Rock, popsters, Silly Fools, Slot Machine, Tattoo Colour, Thai popsters, The Richman Toy, Tor Saksit, Young Turks Club   

    ‘No Music No Life’ Pattaya goes ‘Pop’ 

    'No Music No Life' Pattaya

    'No Music No Life' Pattaya

    Flocks of teenyboppers winged it down to Pattaya recently for the first Pop Music Awards 2009, lining the front of the stage at Bali Hai Cape and swooning in the strong sunlight as they waited patiently to catch a glimpse of Korean boy band 2PM and upcoming star AJ.

    Themed “No Music No Life”, the event was a lively affair, with bright lights and lots of music.

    It kicked off at 3pm with a plethora of Thai popsters taking to the stage to perform two or three songs. Among those drawing loud screams were Dan Woradej, Ben Chalathit, Girly Berry, Laolom, C-Quint, Academy Fantasia’s Look Pong and Padcha, One-Two-Three-Soul, Slot Machine, Brandnew Sunset, Knock the Knock, The Richman Toy and Cha-Em. (More …)

  • Tom 8:11 pm on August 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Bangkok Opera, British opera, Cambridge, Chorus, , Heather Harper, Mahler, Mahler symphonies, music, musician, philosophies, Raimond Heryncx, , , Siam Philharmonic Orchestra, symphonies,   

    Mahler in Thailand – then and now 

    classical music command central

    Everything happened in that room, from rehearsals of the brand new Chulalongkorn University Chorus to penetrating midnight discussions about the philosophies of post-serial music.

    One evening, I was looking through Ajarn Piya’s extensive LP collection when I discovered, unopened, the Mahler symphonies. You must understand that Ajarn Piya had a huge LP collection because he simply ordered everything that came out. He was more complete than any record shop in Thailand. What am I saying? There weren’t any such shops in Thailand, really.

    Being newly arrived from Cambridge, of course, I was a product of the 1960s Mahler revival. I had been living and breathing the Mahler symphonies for years, and had worn out all my own LPs; I’d just had the incredible experience of singing in Mahler’s “Eighth” in the Albert Hall with an astonishing array of soloists which were a sort of who’s who of British opera, from Heather Harper to Raimond Heryncx, in a concert which was David Willcocks’s farewell to Cambridge. So I cried out, “Look, look, Mahler, Mahler!” (More …)

  • Tom 6:02 pm on August 24, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , emotional, , Italo Calvino, Lap Lae Khaeng Khoi, , , music, mysterious, novel, , SeaWrite, SeaWrite winning novel, Silpakorn University, , The Joy Luck Club, , Uthit Haemamoon, visual arts   

    “Lap Lae Khaeng Khoi” SeaWrite SeaWrite-winning novel, A prize for the prodigal 

    SeaWrite Award winner Uthit Haemamoon

    SeaWrite Award winner Uthit Haemamoon

    THE NATION – “Lap Lae Khaeng Khoi” (“Mysteries of Khaeng Khoi”), the novel that this year’s SeaWrite judges just “couldn’t put down”, stays close to the heart of author Uthit Haemamoon.

    Told as a somewhat mysterious and complex first-person narrative, it’s an emotional, semi-autobiographical story about an ordinary family of the Thai countryside dealing with its problems. (More …)

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