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After a pretty rough entry into 2020, the weather has finally cleared up a bit, giving us some much-awaited reasons to rejoice. Now that the dusty haze has finally lessened, there’s no better time than the present to make the most of this week and go enjoy the great outdoors. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities to do so, namely the outdoor movie screening of Notting Hill set to take place at The Hive Thonglor.

In other news, there are several interesting art exhibitions to catch this week — perfect for those who perhaps aren’t quite over the Galleries Night that took place last weekend. If you happen to be a fan of vintage cars, be sure to drop by River City Bangkok for an exhibition of some pretty fascinating rarities, including a pink Cadillac from 1955. Scroll to see your plans!

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“I am not allowed to live in your reality”

ART & CULTURE — A virtual reality exhibition by Jirawut Ueasungkomsate, “I am not allowed to live in your reality” examines the situation of urban refugees in Thailand, especially those in Bangkok. Through virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology, the tragic stories behind this alien population — from constantly being subjected to violence from the police and army, to high risks of being arrested — are brought to the public eye. While the exhibition does not provide answers or solutions, instead it triggers a sense of discourse, raising difficult questions to the viewer such as what it takes to acknowledge the existence of another, and how much we are influenced by the law, by our own beliefs on race, and on our connections as human beings.

Opening reception will take place from 6pm onwards, February 18, 2020. The exhibition runs from 10am-9pm, February 18 – March 2, 2020 (closed on Mondays). Activity Hall, BACC. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page

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Classic Car Exhibition

NEWS & EVENTS — This year, River City Bangkok returns with its Classic Car Exhibition, promising an event that is even more captivating due to the inclusion of colourful and rare models. Lovers of vintage cars definitely have much to anticipate, with a lineup that includes models such as the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gull Wing (1955) in silver, to a Jaguar E-Type Series 3 (1957) in yellow, and even a Cadillac 62 (1955) in pink. The automobiles on show are courtesy of Sawat Horrungruang, Yuthachai Charanachitta, as well as Decha, founder of DECH antique shop. A talk session will take place during the opening reception, featuring avid vintage car collectors who will come together to share their passion for collecting these classic cars.

Opening reception will take place from 6:30pm onwards, February 19, 2020. The exhibition will be open for public until March 8. RCB Artery, River City Bangkok. To find out more, visit rivercitybangkok.com.

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Open Air Cinema Club: Notting Hill

ART & CULTURE — In this month of love, few things are as romantic as cuddling with your significant other beneath the skies while watching a classic rom-com. Sure, Valentine’s Day might be over, but The Hive Thonglor invites guests to relive the moment of love with the return of its Open Air Cinema Club. Expect a beautiful rooftop screening of one of the most iconic romantic comedies in film — Notting Hill. Enjoy the outdoor breeze, along with servings of food and peroni nastro azzurro beers throughout the evening. Of course, those who still haven’t found their one true love yet are also more than welcome — go with friends, or go solo, either way, an outdoor movie night is not to be missed!

THB150 for non-members (members can watch for free). Food and drink will be served from 6:30pm onwards, and the screening starts at 7pm, February 21, 2020. The Hive, Thonglor. To reserve your seats or find out more, click here

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Jardin Botanique

ART & CULTURE — The Gallery 36 at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G will be hosting ‘Jardin Botanique’, a solo exhibition by textile designer and watercolour artist, Fuanglada Verdillon. Her exhibition takes viewers on an artist’s journey through time and space, immersing guests through five sources of inspiration — the charm of Ming pottery, the colours of Tunisia, the energy of Sicilia, the deep blues of the Andaman Sea, and the memory of tropical rainforests. 24 of her original first edition paintings and prints on silk and canvas will also be showcased.

Until April 30, 2020. The Gallery 36, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G. To find out more, call 02 352 4000 ext. 1419.

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A Royal Treasure: The Javanese Batik Collection of King Chulalongkorn of Siam

ART & CULTURE — In 2018, The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (QSMT) launched the first rotation of this exhibition, which serves to offer a rare glimpse into the beautiful handcrafted batik textiles of King Chulalongkorn. Shedding light onto the life of King Chulalongkorn and his three visits to Java, the second rotation was launched in January this year, featuring entirely new textile pieces that have never been displayed before. Among them, visitors are given the chance to marvel at the Sirikit pattern batik, and view the beauty of these textiles from various areas in Java — all of which form part of King Chulalongkorn’s personal collection.

THB150 for adults, THB80 for seniors, THB50 for students. 9am-4pm, daily. Gallery 3-4, The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in the Grand Palace. To find out more, visit qsmtthailand.org.

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