On July 14, 2017 the Siam Paragon Shopping Center hosted the opening ceremony of the three-day Russian-Thai Festival dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand. The Festival organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Embassy of Russia in Thailand was held under the theme «Sharing our past, forging our future».
H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, opened the Festival and delivered welcoming remarks. On the signal of the event’s hosts it started to snow in the hall and the Festival’s mascot – Mr. Russkiy Sri Ayudhya, a polar bear wearing muay thai boxing shorts, appeared on the stage.
The Minister accompanied by H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Ambassador of Russia to Thailand, toured the display of archive photos and documents describing the history of relations between Russia and Thailand and visited all 14 booths showcasing investment, education and tourism potential of Russia. The Minister reviewed kiosks with Russia-related books and post stamps, Russian souvenirs, toys and delicacies of the Russian national cuisine. Such companies as Thai Airways International and CP Group as well as key Thai universities also installed their booths at the Festival.
H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai and H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky presented awards to the winners of the quiz competition «What I know about Russia» among Thai high-school students which had been held in late June 2017 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.
Mr. Alexander Basov, General Representative of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation in South East Asia and his staff delivered an impressive and lively presentation featuring Russian treasures of nature and architecture and suggested to the audience new tourism routes across the vast pastures of our country. The guests of the Festival also watched a concert given by the young artists of the «Katyusha» Folk Dance Ensemble from Bangkok and Mr. Ivan Sharapov, a talented Russian pianist residing in Phuket.