And just like that, we see ourselves at the end of yet another month. With just two months before we bid farewell to 2019 and welcome the start of a new year, now marks a good time to reflect on the time that has gone by — to ponder how far you’ve come, and in a way, how much further you have to go.
In the events and happenings scene this week, we see a lot of movement in the art scene, with exhibitions ranging from a showcase of stunning Persian carpets, to a life-sized dinosaur outside Central Embassy. The end of the month also means Halloween season — why not get yourself in the mood for celebration by heading to the cinemas to watch Maleficent 2, or attending one of the many Halloween-themed parties taking place in town. From which spots to check out, to what events are deserving of a spot in your schedule, scroll to see your plans for the week!
WINE & DINE — Calling all cocktail enthusiasts! Shangri-La Bangkok has invited the multi-award-winning twin mixologists of The Twins Cocktail Lab for a special pop-up at The Long Bar, where guests can relish in exciting cocktail concoctions by the charming brothers Yigitcan and Onurcan Gencer. Complex and delectable, expect cocktails that are inspired by the scene between Europe and Asia, all of which feature unique liquor from Turkey, as well as the best garnishes selected from all over the world. We particularly love ‘Make Me Crazy’ — a blend of el Jimador Blanco Tequila, Aperitif liquer, triple sec, orange zest and crystal black olive. For something more towards the stronger side, be sure to try a glass of ‘Ego’, which sees wild turkey rye whiskey mixed with campari, fernet branca, orange zest and galliano-infused dry banana.
Drinks start at THB420++. 7:30 – 11:30pm, until October 29, 2019. The Long Bar, Shangri-La Bangkok. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2236 7777.
ART & CULTURE — Fans of Taiwanese cinema shouldn’t miss up on this rare chance to watch award-winning Taiwanese documentaries in this special film festival dedicated to the creative talents of Taiwan. Encompassing nine film screenings, expect the likes of Blood Amber by Lee Yong-chao, The Shepherds by Elvis Lu, and Swimming on the Highway by Wu Yao-tung. In addition to the screenings, a Q&A session will also be hosted with three of the documentary filmmakers at SF World Cinema CentralWorld, along with a panel discussion on the topic of how government and institutions can support the film industry in Taiwan. A workshop will also take place, in which the directors will exchange their experiences with Thai students, film academics, and documentary filmmakers at Doc Club Theatre in Warehouse 30.
TDFF will open from 5:30pm onwards, October 30, 2019. SF World Cinema, CentralWorld. To find out more about the event, visit the official Facebook event page.
NEWS & EVENTS — While Halloween might not be an official holiday in Thailand, Bangkok city always rejoices at an excuse to throw a party, and the day of the dead is no exception. Whether you personally enjoy celebrating Halloween annually, or simply want to enjoy a fun night out with a twist, why not check out the parties taking place at Revolucion Cocktail, SO Sofitel Bangkok, Woobar, and Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar.
ART & CULTURE — The second collaborative group exhibition between Bangkok based screen-print studio The Archivist, and Berlin-based Le Raclet, The Printers’ Prints #2 is a showcase of 30 new hand-pulled screen prints especially designed by a series of creative talents. Most interesting about this collaborative exhibition is the fact that the two studios — both worlds apart — were able to join hands, and plan a showcase that celebrates print artists both western and Thai.
Until November 2, 2019. Sōko, Sukhumvit soi 32. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.
ART & CULTURE — Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Central Embassy is back with its third major art exhibition of the year, ringing in its big five with some impressive dinosaur art. Courtesy of famed Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama, with the support of Azuma Mokoto, the exhibition is all about highlighting the work of international artists through art that blends nature with a touch of other-worldly space vibes. The highlight of the exhibition is hands-down the life-sized Tyrannosaurus set outside the luxury outlet, futuristically made of aluminium and set upon grounds that reminisce the surface of the moon. Joining it are several miniature dinos scattered throughout the building, along with botanical flower displays — all of which merge past, future, and the concept of outer space into one.
Until November 17, 2019. Central Embassy. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.
ART & CULTURE — River City Bangkok is hosting a showcase of precious and exquisite Persian carpets, especially curated by Art on da Floor — a community of avid collectors led by Jitrakorn Mongkholtham. Consisting of over 30 stunning Persian carpets, the exhibition sees several rooms transformed into beautiful home spaces, as a way of showcasing the fantastical designs in true living surroundings. One to keep an eye out for is a carpet made completely out of fine wool, by the Amoghli family who produced carpets exclusively for the Iranian palace. Dating back almost a hundred years, this particular carpet was a legend from the palace, and costs over 10 million baht. Also noteworthy are a series of anecdotes that express the similarities shared between Persian carpets and Thai silks through the eras, as well as a carpet juxtaposed against a grand piano over 140 years old. For collectors, the rare Persian carpets are also available for purchase.
Until November 24, 2019. River City Bangkok. To find out more, visit rivercitybangkok.com.
ART & CULTURE — Offering insight into Pamda’s digital world, where she challenges the boundaries of convention, Travels Without a Brush combines Pamda’s photography with playful use of colour, and clean illustrative lines. The collection is an animation of everyday events, presenting them in a way where nothing is what it seems — oddly humorous, unpredictable, and at times even bizarre, the exhibition provides new perspective on scenes we often overlook or view as commonplace.
November 2 – December 8, 2019. Yelo House. To find out more, call 09 5912 8222.