On July 14-16 one of the biggest trade and leisure centers of Bangkok «Siam Paragon» (Fashion Hall) will host the «Thai-Russian Festival» under the theme «Sharing Our Past, Forging Our Future» organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand in collaboration with the Russian Embassy in Bangkok.
During the Festival guests will be invited to visit exhibitions on the history of the Russian-Thai relations, economic, trade and investment cooperation, interaction in spheres of education, science and technology, as well as to watch presentations of cultural and tourist potential of Russia. Special photo gallery will be dedicated to Yuri Gagarin, the first human in outer space, and to his historic flight.
Visitors will have a chance to enjoy Russian folk dances performed by dance teams from Thailand, to listen to jazz, to taste traditional cuisine and to buy souvenirs from Russia.
On July 14 at 16.00 the Festival will be opened by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Ambassador of Russia to Thailand.
On July 22 an exhibition on the life and legacy of H.R.H. Prince Chakrabongse – son of King Rama V of Siam. Part of the exhibition will be devoted to his stay in Saint Petersburg where he studied in the Corps des Pages and then served in the Leibgarde of His Majesty Emperor’s Hussar Regiment. The exhibition on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand will be opened at the Parusakawan palace. Visitors will have a chance to see photos and documents from the private archive of Mrs. M.R. Narisa Chakrabongse, the granddaughter of H.R.H. Prince Chakrabongse. The exhibition will last until the end of September.
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the opening ceremony of the exhibition on July 22 at 13.00.
On August 23-27 the «Russian week» will be held at the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand. There will be a photo exhibition on the history of the Russian-Thai relations and a concert of Russian folk dances performed by dance teams from Thailand. The guests will also have a chance to taste the Russian cuisine.
The inauguration ceremony of the «Russian week» will be held on August 24. H.E. Mr. Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, President of the National Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom of Thailand, will deliver opening remarks.
From September 11 to October 19 the Thailand Cultural Centre will open its doors to guests of the Bangkok’s 19th International Festival of Dance and Music.
On September 11 the Festival will be opened with the unique premiere «Katya and the Prince of Siam» staged and performed by the Ekaterinburg Ballet and Opera Theatre, winner of the prestigious «Golden Mask» award of 2017. The ballet is based on the true story of love between a Russian girl Ekaterina Desnitskaya and H.R.H. Prince Chakrabongse of Siam.
While working on the music of the ballet the composer Pavel Ovsyannikov managed to create an original music by combining Thai folklore and European musical tradition. The premiere will be devoted to the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand.
On September 13 at 15.00 and at 19.30 the world-famous ballet «Cinderella» will be performed by the Ekaterinburg Ballet and Opera Theatre. The afternoon show is planned as a charity performance for disabled kids and children from poor families. The ballet «Cinderella» to the music of the great Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev is a perfectly created fairy tale for both youngsters and adults with dazzling costumes and stage design.
On September 15 spectators will see the ballet «Spartacus» to the music of the Soviet composer and conductor Aram Khachaturyan and on September 17 the ballet «Le Corsaire» performed by the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Both ballets are staged by the renowned Russian ballet master and the Bolshoi Theatre choreographer Yuri Grigorovich. They are both considered most dynamic and beautiful ballet performances in the world.
The joint international seminar is organized by the Center for Russian Studies at the Chulalongkorn University. During the discussion most prominent Thai experts on Russia and Russian experts on Thailand will address such topics as the historical background of Russia-Thailand relations, the dynamics and the global context of the bilateral cooperation etc.
The seminar will be opened with a welcoming speech delivered by Prof. Dr. Bundhit Eua-arporn, President of the Chulalongkorn University.
Days of Moscow in Bangkok are planned to be held in November. During the Festival performances of the world-famous music teams from Russia, jazz concerts and photo exhibitions on Moscow and Russia will be organized. The Moscow’s corner will be opened in the Lumpini park in Bangkok.
In November – December the «Siam Paragon» will host an exhibition of the best 120 photos by Mr. David Lau, a famous Thai master of art photography, traveler and businessman. The photo masterpieces for the exhibition were taken by him during his stay in Saint Petersburg in 2015 and the two weeks’ trip around the Golden Ring of Russia in 2016.
From January 17 to February 4 the Bangkok’s trade and exhibition center «River City» will host an exhibition of pictures of the Bureau of Creative Expeditions of Vladimir Anisimov painted by 12 Russian artists during their two trips to Thailand in 2015. At that time they visited Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Hua Hin and Phuket. 100 artworks in different genres (landscape, portrait, animalistic sketches etc.) and techniques (oil painting, watercolour, graphic and sculpture) will be shown to the visitors.