As January comes to an end, 2020 has proven to be an interesting one so far. Dubbed by many as the year of clarity, we are already beginning to experience quite a few epiphanies — some harsher than others — especially to do with our planet. PM2.5, for one, brings back the dusty reminder that our actions do have an impact, and if we don’t tone down our carbon footprints soon, those face masks will be here to stay (although there are other alternatives). As health emerges as a major worry, we encourage caution — careful is always more effective than frightened.
With all this happening, Bangkok Design Week’s — yes, it’s back! — theme for the year of ‘Resilience: New potential for living’ rings with particular significance. As the annual affair, which brings together over 2,000 designers and creative businesses, raises the issue of how to create a safe and secure society, perhaps now is a good time to truly look at how we are living our lives, and how we can play our part in improving them.
NEWS & EVENTS — We didn’t think this day would come, but here it is. Beam has turned 4 years old! The buzzing Thonglor nightlife spot will be throwing a massive — and we mean massive, even for Beam standards — party to ring in its latest milestone. Expect the comeback of House name Jasper James, along with a jam-packed lineup featuring the likes of Mumsfilibaba, Michale Yume, and Sweed. Of course, hip hop lovers can still expect a good party downstairs in the Dalmation Room, which will be featuring Realplayett, Deejay B, and Mud. Also, did we mention that there’ll be freeflow beer till 11pm?
THB400 for an advance ticket, THB500 at the door. January 29, 2020. Beam, 72 Courtyard. To reserve a table (which we recommend), or find out more, call 0 2392 7750, or visit the official Facebook event page.
ART & CULTURE — The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra is back with yet another concert, titled ‘Inspirational Landscapes’. Featuring Michel Tilkin as conductor, and special guest soloist Boris Belkin on the violin, expect a programme of pieces written by three German composers. The repertoire ranges from Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy (Op. 46), to R. Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, and Beethoven’s Die Wut über den verlorenen Groshcen. Expect an immersive and beautiful way to end your Friday, with each piece coming with it’s own story — Beethoven’s is considered an audience favourite, while the piece by Bruch promises a four-movement composition on Scottish folk melodies, and R. Schumann’s five-movement symphony was his final composition, inspired by a trip to the Rhineland.
Tickets cost THB300, THB700, THB900, THB1,200 and THB1,500. 8pm onwards, January 31, 2020. Main Hall, Thailand Cultural Centre. To get your tickets or find out more, call 02 2556 6178, or visit rbsothailand.com.
**For those who are interested, we are giving away free tickets! Head to our Instagram Page to find out more.
WINE & DINE — Rum lovers, here’s one to mark on your calendars. Marking the first of its kind in Thailand, Tropic City will be launching a monthly series of one-hour rum tastings — with the first episode kicking off this week — offering guests the rare chance to delve into the world of rum. Through the series, expect to learn about the rich history of rum, how different styles vary, and of course, get to taste some of the very best. Seats are very, very limited, so we suggest you book fast!
ART & CULTURE — A collaborative curation between Michela Negrini, [dip] contemporary art, and the River City Bangkok, All Things Left Behind is a photographic exhibition featuring the work of photographer Carolina Sandretto. The exhibition brings viewers on a visual journey to Cuba, Svalbard, and Antarctica — through images of landscapes and portraits, it explores the passing of time, and what it signifies to our surroundings and the things that belong to us. The exhibition’s official opening will take place from 6:30pm onwards on January 30, 2020, with both the artist and gallerist present at the event.
January 31 – March 3, 2020. River City Bangkok. To find out more, visit the official Facebook Event Page.
FASHION — Fans of Comme des Garçons and streetwear looks will be familiar with the brand’s CDG line. A label which emerged as a fledgling last year with various pop-ups in Japan, CDG stands out through an extensive range of clothes, footwear, and accessories — all of which feature accessible designs, and bold prints of the CDG logo. This year, fans of the line have much to be excited about, as Comme des Garçons has expanded it into CDGCDGCDG (or, in short, CDG3), and Bangkok welcomes the collection’s first-ever pop up store outside of Japan. Expect a selection of exciting collaborations, along with streetwear staples, and even a collection of coats that originally belonged to members of the Comme des Garçons team.
M Floor, The Emquartier. To find out more, message LINE ID: @cdg_th.
ART & CULTURE — Our favourite art event is back! The month ahead promises to be an exciting one for lovers of the arts, with Bangkok EdgeFest and Galleries Night set to take place, and at the helm of events we’re heavily anticipating is the return of Bangkok Design Week. Held by the Creative Economy Agency or CEA, BKKDW2020 comes with the theme of ‘Resilience: New potential for living’, and sees a collaboration of over 60 state agencies, public organisations, academia and international institutions, as well as 2,000 designers and creative businesses. The idea is centered around Bangkok’s way of life, as well as how we can live together in diversity and create a society that is safe and secure.
February 1-9, 2020. The event will take place throughout multiple Creative Districts, including Charoenkrung (Talad Noi, Samyan, Ari), Pradipat, and Thonglor-Ekkamai. To find out more, visit bangkokdesignweek.com.