Asian Culture and Music Series – Thailand
Friday, 28 December 2018, 7 to 9pm &
Saturday, 29 December 2018, 1 to 8pm
Dive into a thousand years of Asian traditions through performances, workshops, and evening concerts at the Asian Civilisations Museum. In December, we end the year with amazing Thailand.
Be mesmerised by traditional Thai Khon and folk dance performances by the river. Join in special Thai craft and food workshops, and demonstrations by experience crafters and chefs. Play dress up and snap a photo with friends and family in beautiful traditional Thai costumes. Then end the evening at Empress Lawn grooving to a Thai pop concert!
Thai Pop Concert
Wi-5i band, based in Singapore, is a mix of veteran musicians fronted by Pam (Nalinee Norateetan) and P’ting (Udom Kiattivikrai) from Thailand. Pam has vast experience in performing both traditional Thai cultural music and contemporary Thai pop hits. P’ing graduated from the prestigious Chulalongkorn University and is an exceptional multi-instrumentalist who playes keyboards, saxophone, and traditional Thai flute. Their blend of music, wit, and entertainment is bound to excite any audience. Come experience their catchy, infectious Thai grooves and dance moves!
Traditional Thai Performances
Thai Khon Performance
Through stunning costumes and precise movements, be transported to another world and time. Once performed exclusively for the royal court, Khon is a spectacular traditional dance performance featuring scenes and characters from the Ramakien, the Thai version of the ancient Indian Ramayana. Khon combines different art forms – drama, music, sculpture, painting, and crafts – into a complex, elegant performance that is uniquely Thai.
In this performance, The Floating Lady, Totsakan (Ravana), blinded by passion, ponders how to claim Sida (Sita), the object of his love. He attempts to trick Phra Ram (Rama), but is discovered by Hanuman, the general of Phra Ram’s monkey army, who is not so easily fooled by tricks and appearances.
Thai Folk Dance Performance
Experience a medley of Thai folk dances, including “Ra-bum ching” and “Serng Yae Kai Mot Dang”, which celebrate the beauty and joy of dance. Join in the dance circle by learning simple yet graceful hand movements and footwork!
Thai Food Workshops & Demonstrations
Satiate your sweet tooth and street food cravings with workshops and cooking demos featuring favourite Thai treats.