The best events to catch in Bangkok this week, from Jay fine-dining at Mia Restaurant, to an Italian Film Festival and a slew of new art exhibitions.
Bangkok’s weather has been going through a bit of a sad episode. With the skies drizzling most of the day, and downright pouring during the rest, it can be easy to get pulled into a sluggish, nap-through-the-day mood. Thankfully, the weather is about the only thing that’s borderline doom and gloom — the rest of the city, however, seems to have come alive after months of hibernation, with events after events as we gradually prepare to wrap up the tumultuous 2020.
This week, we see the start of the annual Jay festival, where those who celebrate enter 10 days of strict veganism to cleanse the body. Whether or not you personally “gin je” (or, in other words, uphold the cultural tradition), it’s interesting nonetheless to see how the city’s various establishments are perceiving it, with restaurants releasing innovative approaches — from fine-dining to beyond meat — to redefine the way it is celebrated in Thailand. In other news, we’re also welcoming an Italian Festival, and a slew of fascinating new exhibitions scattered throughout the city. Scroll to see your plans!
ART & CULTURE — In this solo art exhibition by Sirode Siramanon, over ten paintings are displayed, showing a mermaid in varying, fantastical contexts and environments. Reflecting Sirode’s signature approach, the works of art feature contemporary surrealism, fantasy, and a dash of erotica, to create a wholly new world of dreams.
Until October 31, 2020. Sathorn 11 Art Space. To find out more, visit the Official Facebook Event Page.
Vegan Tasting Menu
WINE & DINE — In light of the upcoming Jay Festival, Mia Restaurant will be serving an eight-course vegan tasting menu, to cater to the needs of fine-dining lovers who are celebrating the 10-day long tradition. Expect incredible offerings that range from cauliflower with bergamot, grapes, and green curry velouté, to an incredible green tomato consommé made with avocado cream and bell pepper sorbet. There are also, of course, a series of “Plant Powered Snacks”, including the likes of tempura shiso, pickled mango, and coriander, among other delectable options.
THB2,150++ per person. Available Until October 31, 2020. To find out more, visit FB @MiaRestaurantThailand.
Breast Stupa Cookery: The World Turns Upside Down
ART & CULTURE — First established in 2005 by renowned Thai contemporary artist Pinaree Sanpitak, Breast Stupa Cookery is a 15-year ongoing collaborative project that forms a connection between Pinaree’s signature work on the ‘Breast-shaped Stupa’, with the culinary arts. As part of the exhibition, the audience is invited to consider the concept of sharing a meal entirely around a Breast Stupa Cookery Table. Here, savoury and sweet food items are served in plates and bowls shaped like the Breast Stupa — from breast-shaped cooking molds, to chocolate trays, cookie cutters, glazed stoneware and more — created by ceramic artists from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Sakhon Nakhon. Through combining art and gastronomy, Nova Contemporary is transformed into a cafe and a seemingly parallel world is formed, blurring the lines of dreams and reality.
Until November 21, 2020. Nova Contemporary. To find out more, visit FB @NovaContemporary.
Italian Film Festival
ART & CULTURE — From October 16th to the 24th the Italian Film Festival in Bangkok takes place at House Samyan (5/F, Samyan Mitrtown, Rama IV Rd), as part of the annual Italian Festival put on each year by Italian Embassy of Thailand. Special this year are four beautifully restored films from the acclaimed Italian film director Federico Fellini: 8 ½, La Dolce Vita, Juliet of the Spirits, and Intervista. Other highlights include the premiere of Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio, and a contemporary Italian film program that includes: Domino Effect (Alessandro Rossetto); Simple Women (Chiara Malta); The Disappearance of My Mother (Beniamino Barrese); Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello); The Guest (Duccio Chiarini); and Blue Kids (Andrea Tagliaferri). In addition to the films, American filmmaker David Lynch’s 11 original lithographs paying homage to the last scene of Fellini’s 8 ½ will be on display, as well as 12 drawings created by Fellini.