The best things to do this week, from charity balls in Bangkok, to an art and gastronomy celebration in Phuket.
As December rolls on, and we get closer and closer to Christmas week, the festive atmosphere has truly taken over. And although we’re in the final countdown to the last final weeks of the year, and plenty of holiday-related celebrations with friends and family, there’s still lots of cultural activities going on. This week we highlight a charity ball for the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, a new art gallery in town, and a cultural festival set to take over Phuket.
PINK CHRISTMAS CHARITY BALL
ART & CULTURE — The Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park hotel will be hosting the Pink Christmas Charity Ball, an evening of art, dining and dancing which celebrates growth, courage and strength. All proceeds will go to the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer (QSCBC) Foundation, a sanctuary for women in need. The admission price includes an international buffet and a glass of bubbly, and the dress code is, you guessed it, “think pink!” and the line-up of live entertainment includes: drag artist Pangina Heals (from House of Heals); DJ Johnnie O (from Flamenco); sax-man extraordinaire Antonio; NYC-based singer Jafar and his 12-piece band; and many more. It’s a chance to party for a good cause, and get the Christmas week off to a festive start.
Friday, December 18, 2020, 7pm till late. Tickets are THB 2,500 per person. Ticket info: theconcert.com.
LIVING ARTS FESTIVAL PHUKET
WINE & DINE — The recently opened Living Art Gallery, at Blue Tree in Phuket, will be doing double duty this week as it is also the base of operations for the inaugural Living Art Festival. This art and gastronomy celebration, which coincides with the official grand re-opening of Blue Tree, will see culturally significant, staged events taking place throughout the island with the aim of introducing young, local artists to the world, promoting Thai culture, and encouraging young artists to pursue their craft. Set to become an annual occurrence, the festival aims to support the local tourism economy by promoting arts, crafts, design, as well as richly diverse culinary experiences.
December 17-19, 2020. For info visit: thelivingartsthailand.com.
EAT | DRINK | LOVE
ART & CULTURE — Bangkok’s acclaimed Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) unveils its new downtown sister gallery, appropriately called The Art Space. Located on the ground floor of the new Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River hotel, this new gallery is set to launch with a solo exhibition by renowned Thai artist and sculptor Nino Sarabutra, entitled EAT | DRINK | LOVE. This large-scale installation, which will be on display for the next several months, consists of 365 motion-activated illuminated hanging soda pop bottles – each with a different message – as well as 200 uniquely styled wall-mounted hearts, and hundreds of dangling butterflies that tinkle like tiny bells as visitors walk past. Meanwhile, a large central table will be displaying a collection of Nino’s amazing hand-crafted dishware.
Friday, December 18, 2020, from 6pm onwards. The Art Space at Four Seasons Riverside fourseasons.com.