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 towards each other of Russian and Thai peoples. The bilateral cultural interaction is based on the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation signed on February 25, 2000.
With regard to the 110th Anniversary of the Russian-Thai diplomatic relations in 2007 a number of remarkable events were organized in Bangkok, namely, historical photo exhibition “Russian-Thai Friendly Relations” at Thailand Cultural Centre by ITAR-TASS Russian News Agency, the Russian Embassy in Thailand and Ministry of Culture of Thailand, exhibition of archive documents on Russian-Thai relations, Russian Cuisine Week at the Dusit Thani, Bangkok.
But the highlight of the anniversary year was the December concert tour in Bangkok of the famous Russian Mariinsky theatre, which was presented as a gift from the then President of Russia Vladimir Putin to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand on the occasion of the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary. The performances of the theatre’s ballet company were highly applauded by the public, with one of them being attended by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand.
Russian ballet and opera theatres are performing annually at 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 and 2003). 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 and 2008). One of the highlights of the tour was the premiere of the Bashkir theater concert "Requiem" written by Russian composer Boris Tishchenko on the occasion of the death of the H.R.H. Princess of Thailand K.Vattana. In 2007, performances by the Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre were also held.
In the abovementioned Festival in September 2010 the Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet presented some of its best performances, such as “Prince Igor” and “La Bayadere” which are rarely shown outside Russia. The latter performance was attended by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
In September 2011, within the framework of the 13th Bangkok’s International Festivals of Dance and Music Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre gave a performance. In addition, at this festival, the Russian Mariinsky Theatre troupes were presented, and the ballet "Don Quixote" was visited by Queen Sirikit of Thailand.
In addition, in December 2009 the State Academic Puppet Theatre, named after S.V.Obraztsov took part in the International Puppet Theatre Festival, launched by the Ministry of Culture of Thailand.
The Russian Embassy in Thailand had twice taken part in the grand celebrations on the occasions of the Birthdays of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen in2009 and 2010 at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand by arranging photographic exhibitions and movie screenings at public celebration sites in Bangkok.
In June 2010, the Russian Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of Thailand organized the photography 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. Simultaneously the Russian war movie “The Star” was screened on a daily basis.
In October 2010, “Days of Thailand” took place in one of the major cities of Russia – Ekaterinburg.
On June 15, 2011 an art exhibition "Russian Avant-Garde 1910-1920", organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Culture of Thailand was opened at the Thai Cultural Center in Bangkok.
On 19-31 October 2012, the National Gallery in Bangkok hosted an art exhibition "Buddhism in Russia."
On October 31 - November 9, 2012 a Week of Russian cinema was held at Central World.
In September 2013 the Moscow musical theater "Helikon-Opera" gave two performances. Two operas - "The Tales of Hoffmann" and "The Barber of Seville", as well as a concert of Russian symphonic music were presented to the Thai public. In addition, the theater’s orchestra took part in a concert of the famous “Ten Tenors” from Australia.
An important cultural and historical event in 2015 was the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. As part of the celebration, a number of measures, namely, a photo exhibition of historical photographs, dedicated to the diplomacy of Victory, films about the war, and several other events were held in Bangkok.
The Russian Embassy also organized a thematic exhibition at ESCAP Headquarters on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Victory, which featured photographs of the war years. The exhibition was opened by H.E. Mr.K.M.Barsky the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Thailand and H.E. Ms.S.Ahtar the Executive Secretary of ESCAP.
A photo exhibition about the history of Russian-Thai relations, which in 2017 will celebrate a 120-year anniversary, was shown at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and in the leading universities of the country.
In preparation for the celebration of this momentous date in Thailand a group of Russian artists "Bureau of Creative Expeditions" led by V.N.Anisimov visited the country on May 6-26 and July 29 - August 18, 2015. During their stay, they painted about 700 works, which will be presented at an art exhibition in Moscow.
Russian art troupes from Moscow and St. Petersburg took part in the International Puppet Theatre Festival in Bangkok (November 2014), as well as - according to the already established tradition - the Samara Opera Theater will present Borodin’s opera "Prince Igor" and Puccini's "Tosca" in autumn 2015 as part of the Bangkok's International Festival of Dance and Music – the largest in Thailand and one of the most notable in Asia, during which the Samara State Symphony Orchestra will also give a performance.
Top ballets "Swan Lake" and "La Bayadere" will be presented to the audience by the Novosibirsk Ballet Theatre.
On 13- 14 September 2014 the first Thai Festival was held in Moscow. During the festive event, held under the motto "Thailand - the focus of Russia", performances by Thai artists, presentations of Thai handicrafts took place. About 200 thousand orchids were delivered to Moscow for the Flower Fair. On 15-28 September 2014, the Thai Food Festival was held at the hotel "Ararat Park Hyatt" in Moscow. Festivities also took place in other cities of Russia, particularly in St. Petersburg, Kursk and Tomsk.
The Thai dance group «Ponglang Sang Ngern» performed at the IV Krasnoyarsk International Music Festival of the Asian-Pacific region (26 June - 4 July 2014).