Cultural exchanges between Russia and Thailand are nowadays one of the most dynamic spheres of bilateral cooperation, underpinned by rich cultural heritage and potential of both countries, as well as by mutual interest of Russian and Thai peoples towards each other. The bilateral cultural interaction is based on the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation dated February 25, 2000 and memorandums between the Ministries of culture of the two countries that are reconfirmed every three years.
Starting from 2001 Russian ballet and opera theatres have been performing annually at the Bangkok's International Festivals of Dance and Music. They are the State Academic Theatre of Classical Ballet, named after N.Kasatkina and V.Vasiliev (2001, 2003 and 2018), Theatre "Kremlin Ballet" and the Presidential Orchestra of the Russian Federation (2002), the Moscow Academic Musical Theater, named after V.Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko (2005), the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre (2006, 2008 and 2017), the Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet (2010 and 2011), the Mariinsky Theatre (2011), the Moscow opera theater «Helicon-Opera» (2013 and 2016), the Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre (2007 and 2017).
In December 2009 the State Academic Puppet Theatre, named after S.V.Obraztsov took part in the International Puppet Theatre Festival in Bangkok.
The celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was a high-profile cultural and historic event of 2015. Bangkok hosted a historical photo exhibition, war movies screening and a number of other events. The Russian Embassy organized a war photo exhibition at the UN ESCAP headquarters. The exhibition was opened by H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Ambassador of Russia to Thailand and H.E. Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of the UN ESCAP.
On May 21, 2015 the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre hosted a solemn opening ceremony of a photo exhibition «Faces of BRICS», jointly organized by the embassies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The main objective of the project was to tell the Thai audience about BRICS, peoples of the member-countries, demonstrate their «unity in diversity», present richness of the cultural heritage and their natural beauty.
On March 23, 2016 the Bangkok’s shopping and leisure center «Siam Paragon» hosted the Exhibition of photographs of H.E. Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, entitled «Through the lens of Prime Minister». The exhibition was dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Accession to the Throne of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
On November 28, 2016 the biggest shopping and entertainment complex in Bangkok – «Central World» - held opening of the exhibition “King – Photographer of the World”. It displayed a copy of the “Golden Eye” award conferred to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand for his outstanding achievements in the art of photography as well as unique photographs by Mr. Sergey Lidov, President of the International Guild of Professional Photographers of Russian Mass Media.
Cultural ties between sister cities are being developed actively. Since 2014 Moscow has been hosting an annual Thai festival. Performances of Thai artists, handicraft master classes, traditional Thai massage, Muay Thai boxing shows, tourist exhibitions and traditional Thai dishes tasting are organized during the festivals. The organizers of the event are the Embassy of Thailand in Moscow and the Moscow’s Department of external affairs.
On November 27-28, 2016, Bangkok hosted a series of events honouring His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, organized by the Government of Moscow City in cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and with support of the Embassy of Russia in Thailand. The Russian delegation led by H.E. Mr. Sergey Cheryomin, Minister of the Moscow City Government, Head of the Department for Foreign Economic Cooperation and International Relations, arrived to Bangkok to participate in the events.
On December 13-15, 2017 Bangkok hosted Days of Moscow Culture festival. A delegation of the Moscow City Government led by Mr. Sergei Cheryomin visited Bangkok to attend the festival. The Lumpini park hosted a jazz concert in the open air given by the orchestra of the famous Russian saxophone player Igor Butman. “Moscow Culture” Photo Exhibition was inaugurated in BACC.
On September 5-7, 2018 fans of Asian films had the opportunity to attend the “ASEAN Film Days: Focus on Thailand” film festival which was held to mark the 51st anniversary of ASEAN. The project introduced the cinema of the Kingdom of Thailand to Russian spectators. “Roland” cinema hall screened three world-famous Thai blockbusters, box office hits and award-winners of different film festivals and film academies “Bad Genius”, “Legend of the Broken Sword Hero” and “The Teacher’s Diary”. The organizers included the Embassy of the Kingdom of Thailand in the Russian Federation, Russia-ASEAN Business Council, Russian-Thai Business Council, “Thai Airways” air company and “Kinofest” Producer Center.
The Russian Embassy in Thailand had twice taken part in the grand celebrations on the occasions of the Birthdays of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit in 2009 and 2010 at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.
In June 2010, the Russian Embassy organized the photo exhibition on the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, which consisted of numerous photographs taken by Russian soldiers and photographers during the War. The Russian war movie “The Star” was screened on a daily basis.
On July 14, 2017 the Bangkok’s Siam Paragon Shopping Center hosted the three-day Russian-Thai Festival dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand. The Festival was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Embassy of Russia in Thailand.
On October 4, 2017 during the visit to Russia Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand attended a spectacular performance of the khon traditional Thai masked dancers on the stage of the Mariinsky Theater. The performance was devoted to the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand celebrated that year.
On November 29, 2017 Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand accompanied by the commanders and cadets of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, where Her Royal Highness teaches history, visited the Russian Embassy in Bangkok. After visiting the Embassy and the Embassy’s Secondary School Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn proceeded to the Bangkok St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral. A Great Vespers was specially held on the occasion of the visit. Her Royal Highness toured the Church and listened to a briefing on the role of Orthodoxy in the life of Russian community in Thailand and its charity activity in the country.
On December 19-24, 2017 the “Central World” hosted the Russian Film Week. It was organized by the producer center “Kinofest” with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Thailand, the Thai company SF World Cinema and the Russian Embassy in Thailand.
On January 24-30, 2018 the «Siam Paragon» hosted a photo exhibition «In the Cradle of the Russian civilization» by Mr. David Lau, renowned Thai photographer, businessman and traveler. The central place of the exposition was given to 20 photos taken by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during Royal trips to Russia in March 1993 and October 2017. The art section included 110 superb photo artworks by Mr. David Lau captured during his voyages to Russia in 2015-2016. This was the outcome of his visits to Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Vladimir, Suzdal, Murom and Sergiev Posad.
On February 7-18, 2018 one of the biggest galleries in Thai capital “River City Bangkok” hosted the Contemporary Russian Art Exhibition “Suvarnabhumi – A Golden Land” organized by the “Bureau of Creative Expeditions” (Moscow) with the support of the Russian Embassy in Thailand. For the first time in history more than 120 paintings created by talented Russian artists led by Mr. Vladimir Anisimov, Member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts and the head of the “Russia-ASEAN” art project during the two missions to the most picturesque places in Thailand in 2015 and 2016 were on display.
On May 15, 2018 the “River City Bangkok” gallery hosted the opening ceremony of the exhibition “Nevyansk icon”. The Exhibition featuring masterpieces of clerical and liturgical art was held in Thailand for the first time. That was a unique event co-organized by the "Russian House" Group (Pattaya), headed by Mrs. Anna Segal and the administration of Ekaterinburg city under the patronage of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand. The gallery exhibited 12 most valuable iconographic images of the collection of the Yekaterinburg Museum of Nevyansk Icon - the first private museum in Russia, opened in 1999 by Mr. Evgeny Royzman, Mayor of Ekaterinburg.
On November 23-27, 2018 the VII Open Eurasian Literature Festival and Book Forum organized by the Eurasian Creative Guild with the support of the Embassy of Russia and the Embassy of Kazakhstan was held in Bangkok and Pattaya.