We didn’t think it was possible, but it was — Bangkok has gotten even hotter. With temperatures hitting 37°C and above (according to Apple Weather, but it feels over 40°C), now would be a great time to celebrate Songkran all over again. While that’s a little unrealistic as far as expectations go, we thankfully have an alternative just as good this week — a pool party! Courtesy of W Hotel and Bangkok Invaders, Beats by the Pool is set to take place this coming Saturday, so mark your calendars.

In other news, Central Embassy is ringing in its fifth anniversary and — as only to be expected of the luxury mall — celebrations are big. New York-based Snarkitecture has been commissioned to turn the ground floor into a massive, bouncy-castle esque forest of large, bobbling cones. Perfect for Instagram, and also quite a fun bit of play to add to your week. If you’re looking for something food-related, The Commons is hosting an interesting workshop on how to make Japanese vegan delights — whether or not you personally are vegan, it’s always nice to learn how to make healthy dishes, and it wouldn’t hurt to have some vegan recipes in your repertoire. There’s also the return of Shorties Film Festival, as well as a few exhibitions taking place across town to keep you occupied — scroll to see your plans for the week!

ART & CULTURE — The Shorties Film Festival is back! Held annually, Shorties is a week-long celebration of the most exciting short films to come out from the Asian region. It’s both a celebration of filmography, as well as a way to recognise budding talents in Asia’s film industry through their latest film projects. An event that takes place across Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Thailand, four films will be screened per day, and awards will be given out for winners in five categories on the final day.THB200 per day. THB500 for a week day pass. May 7 – 11, 2019. The Hive Thonglor. To get your tickets or find out more, visit ticketmelon.com.

ART & CULTURE — Mozart Art advisory and Chin’s Gallery join hands to present an art exhibition, featuring renowned art pieces by three of the most notable French pop artists. Fascinating, with a dash of tongue-in-cheek, expect a series of pieces by Kostar, Jisbar and Louis Nicolas Darbon. While all have unique approaches, the artwork is connected by shared themes of vibrant hues, humoured wit and lifestyle-slash-fashion oriented messages.

May 9 – June 15, 2019. Chin’s Gallery. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.

NEWS & EVENTS — When the weather’s hitting 37°C and feels like 41°C, what could be better than a pool party? Good news for those yearning a good splash — W Hotel and Bangkok Invaders are back with their Beats by the Pool! Get ready to celebrate the summer from day to night with good vibes, great drinks, and a DJ lineup with names like DJ Ono, DJ T Double E and more. THB600 per ticket (early bird tickets go for THB400). 2-9pm, May 11, 2019. W Bangkok. Get your tickets here. To find out more, call 0 2344 4000 or visit the official Facebook event page.

WINE & DINE — For those looking to learn a few healthy and vegan recipes, here’s an event you’ll want to mark on your calendars! Chef Kyoko invites you to join her at The Commons, to learn how to make a selection of delectable vegan Japanese dishes. Recipes that’ll be covered during the workshop include the likes of crispy pan-fried vegan gyoza with vegetables and tempeh filling — yum! — and cold soba salad with Japanese condiments. You’ll even get to learn how to make your own homemade sesame dressing to enjoy your salads with. Seats are very limited, so booking in advance is highly recommended.THB1,900 per person. 10:30am-1:30pm, May 11, 2019. Top Yard (3rd floor), The Commons. Reserve your spot here. To find out more, call 09 6556 1596, or visit the official Facebook event page.

ART & CULTURE — Sirode Siramanon’s first solo exhibition, ‘Women Are Not Food’ sees a collection of 9 paintings that explore concepts of feminism, objectification, and food. Working from a small studio tucked away in Lumpini, Siramanon approaches his art with an attention to detail, and an openness to tackling difficult subjects. Marking a semi debut for the artist, this exhibition is curated by Marc Greene of Greene Gallery Productions — known for events that focus on helping to promote up-and-coming Thai artists.

May 11, 2019. Sathorn 11 Art Space. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.

ART & CULTURE — Central Embassy turns 5! To celebrate its fifth birthday, the luxury mall has collaborated with New York-based Snarkitecture, to create the ‘Tilting Forest’. An interactive installation, expect to be blown away by a vast landscape of massive, tilting cones. Flexibly tilting and swaying, the cones transform the entire space into a forest-like environment where you can bob about and engage with the art — think bouncy castle concept, but bigger and better. Until June 2, 2019. G Floor, Central Embassy. To find out more, visit centralembassy.com.