We’ve almost reached the last week of April, and it’s only now that we realise how fast this month flew by — which, really, is to be expected from the month with the most Thai holidays in the year. Whether you’re still getting over post-Songkran break withdrawals, or have finally found your feet and fully immersed yourself in your daily grind, it’s always comforting — read: utterly relieving — to know that it is possible to keep life entertaining even without days off.
As for what other ways there are, we’re back with our weekly roundup of the very best things to do this week! From an immersive multidimensional art exhibition of European modernist works, to an exclusive meet and greet session with chef Akira Back, and the return of Asia’s only Beach Polo event, there is much reason to get out and about this week. Free your schedules for some fun, and scroll to see your plans for the week!
ART & CULTURE — River City Bangkok invites audiences to step into a world of European art, literally. Bringing together the work of Europe’s most acclaimed modernist painters in Bangkok for the first time ever in Asia, From Monet to Kandinsky ‘Visions Alive’ brings over 1,500 works of art to life through an immersive multidimensional experience. Expect state-of-the-art projection and stunning surround-sound technology, showcasing some of the world’s most recognised paintings from 16 masters, with the support of over 20 of the world’s finest museums. The exhibition also offers guests the chance to gain insight through talks by scholars of European art, invited through the generous support of the European Union. Immerse yourself in an otherworldly art-infused experience, or sip on wine and paint your own canvas.
ART & CULTURE — Having lived in Thailand since 2006, Scotland-born artist Richard Skene first made his debut in Bangkok’s art scene with his exhibition ‘The Road of Excess Leads to the Palace of Wisdom’. Following the success of his first show, he is set to make his comeback to Thailand’s ever-dynamic art scene with a showcase of his latest work at Woof Pack Art Space. The showing will unveil three new collections from Richard Skene — ‘Pretty Ugly’, ‘Flying Colours’ and ‘Cityscapes’, each of which demonstrates his versatility in multimedia conceptual art, as well as an underlying interest in global social and cultural themes.
From April 26 onwards. Woof Pack, Saladaeng soi 1. To find out more, call 08 9826 2299, or visit woofpackbangkok.com.
NEWS & EVENTS — Whether you yourself are a polo enthusiast, or if you’re part of the Thai elite, chances are you already have plans to be at Hua Hin this weekend. B.Grimm brings back the key beach polo event in Asia — the Princess PA’s Cup Hua Hin Beach Polo 2019 — at the Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort. Expect exciting beach polo competitions, as well as activities that come with the event, from a horseback fashion show, to the blue-themed competition for “best dressed”. There will, of course, also be delectable bites as well as a beach party after the games.
THB1,500. 12-8pm, April 27, 2019. Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.
ART & CULTURE — A solo exhibition by Narath Boriboonhiranthana, ‘The Remembrance’ tells a story through finely perforated paper. The artist reproduces a subtle environment with hints of Art Nouveau, articulating the balance between one’s self and an unforgettable memory. Each artwork forms a narrative within itself that narrates the memories and feelings of the exhibition’s protagonist experiences during a point in time — these feelings include relationships, along with emotions such as sorrow, loneliness or a swift happiness.
April 27 onwards. Opening reception from 6pm onwards, April 27, 2019. 3rd floor, S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre. To find out more, visit the official Facebook page.
WINE & DINE — Regulars at Akira Back at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, be sure to clear your schedules and book a table there this Sunday! Chef Akira Back, the award-winning Korean-born, American-raised chef will be flying in for a special visit to his eponymous restaurant opening in Thailand. For just one day only, fans of chef Back’s cuisine will be given the opportunity to indulge in special dishes crafted by the chef himself, as well as enjoy an exclusive meet and greet.
THB2,800++ per person. Available for lunch from 12-2pm, and dinner from 6-10pm. April 28, 2019. Akira Back, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2059 5999 or visit the official Facebook event page.
NEWS & EVENTS — Ed Sheeran is back! Less than two years since his first Bangkok debut, Ed Sheeran is making his return this year, meaning fans based in Thailand can once again get excited about seeing the world-renowned UK-artist live once more. The concert will take place at Rajamangala National Stadium, under one of Thailand’s biggest concert organisers BEC-Tero.
THB2,000 – THB6,000. 7:15pm onwards, April 28, 2019. Rajamangala National Stadium. To get your tickets or find out more, visit thaiticketmajor.com.
NEWS & EVENTS — Siam Discovery takes its advocation of environmental consciousness to the next level with the launch of ‘Siam Discovery: Keep it Cool’, where every usable space is transformed to promote the values of nature preservation, pollution, and the environment. The initiative consists of multiple installations, ranging from real trees planted to extract pollution from the atmosphere to nature-inspired furniture arrangements that express the possibility of co-existing with the environment. There is also a Symbiosis zone with trees that are embedded with sound amplifiers for guests to listen to modulations of sound waves emitted from nature, as well as The Cocoon — a reserved for those who wish to retreat to a natural sanctuary.
Available until June 5, 2019. Siam Discovery The Exploratorium. To find out more, call 0 2610 8194. Or visit FB @siamdiscovery.