Chiang Mai Fest 2011


For the first time ever, Chiang Mai Fest is putting a canopy of international and local stars in its sky of the Northern capital of Thailand

Get your summer schedules sizzling with the first and unique event that brings together various artists from all over the world to one of the most enchanting cities, Chiang Mai. The art and entertainment extravaganza “Chiang Mai Fest 2011” is aimed to put Chiang Mai on the map as a destination of music, arts and culture, while also enhancing its already well-known charms.

“Chiang Mai Fest 2011 is a special international event featuring performances by both local and international artists throughout this 8-10 April at the Three Kings Monument. We will transform the Three Kings Monument into a beautiful stage in the garden.  Audiences will enjoy various kinds of music and dance performances as well as delectable food and beverages along with art showcase by Thai and international artists at Chiang Mai City Art & Cultural Center under the theme “Music and Dance in the Garden”.  I’m sure that this festival will bring great buzz and crowd to Chiang Mai city and turn it to be traveler’s top list annual festival”, said Mr Yuth Wanichanont, Consultant of Earth Wind and Fire.

As the objective of Chiang Mai Fest 2011 is the event to be marked on the calendar as the “can’t miss” event of the year, as well as to offer one-of-a-kind music and arts experience like no other festivals, the list of artists alone is enough to make music and dance lovers go wild with excitement.

All afternoon into the night, smile, sway, slow-dance and spoil your senses with a selection of local artists, from divas like Nantida Kaewbuasai and Lanna Commins to local favourites such as Thitipol Kanteewong & Chang Saton, traditional Thai music girl band Kamlai and Bangkok Xylophone. Anucha Samaman, well known for his performance “Play with Mask”.

International talents are also invited to join the extravaganza such as Koto player Noriko Tsuboi, Holland’s brass band Jigger Bigger Band, Cabaret Vocalist Perform by Frans Bloem, Bossanova guitar and Brazilian Jazz by famed guitarist Gilbert Medam,  Scottish bagpipes & Celtic Band by The Itinerants, and professional dancers. For the younger crowds, they will sure find themselves rocking to the beat of funk Bollywood dance.

In addition to those star-studded performances, art exhibitions are also on display, as well as a sumptuous selection of food and beverages. In the art exhibition, feel mesmerised by extremely talented artists’ work of art, including works by national artist Pichai Niran, senior artist Sangad Pui-ok, Pisan Tipparat, water paintings by Eng-on Homsuwan, weaving arts by Kent Gregory of Sob Moei Art, pottery by Somluk Pantiboon of Doy Din Dang Pottery, Saa Pater & Okami Paper design by Klaus  Dietrich, Gilbert Medam’s Miniature D’ Art –  Art of the 5L: Listening, Looking, Learning, Loving, Living, and young-blood Lanna artists like Angkrit Ajchariyasophon, Sangiam Yarangsee, Songdej Thipthong and Saran Suwannachot.

“The objective of this Art and Music Festival is to mark in the calendar every year that this is a not to be missed event. The audience will indulge in a one-of-a-kind art and music event. Just by checking out artist list, they will be lured to join the event. In addition, we hope Chiang Mai Fest being a choice for those travelers in Chiang Mai looking for things to do before Songkran festival. From this, it’s in a way boosting tourism in Chiang Mai city,” said Mr Suwannachai Littirak, Consultant of TAT.

Chiang Mai Fest 2011, organised by event promoter Earth Wind and Fire Co., Ltd. and main sponsored by Tourism Authority of Thailand, in collaboration and sponsored by Chiang Mai Municipality, Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Centre, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, The Botanical Garden Organization, Amari Rincome Chiang Mai, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, Centara Duangtawan Chiang Mai, The Imperial Mae Ping, Kantary Hills Chiang Mai, Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Holiday Inn Chiang Mai, Niikki Pure Rice Spirit, TRUE Corporation Public Co, Ltd, Krungsriayudhya Card Company Limited, Home Pro VISA, ZIZZEE.COM, Etihad Airways, Master Cool Co Ltd, Vieng Joom On Teahouse Rim Ping Supermarket and Robinson.

Exhibitions are open from April 8 to 30 at 8:30am to 5pm, and performances are ongoing on April 8 to 10 from 3pm to 10pm. The opening ceremony is on April 8 at 15:00.
Source = Chiang Mai Fest 2011
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