“Thailand 2011” cultural festival at Village Museum

Visitors will have a chance to taste Thai dishes, desserts and drinks and to relish traditional music, dance and artefacts created by Thai artisans.

45 Thai artists and 22 artisans will bring, to Bucharest, traditional Thai music and dance, fruit and wood carvings, hand-painted parasols, painted china, the art of silk-weaving, decorative floral art, palm leaf-weaving, hand moulded-sugar creations, as well as Thai martial arts demonstrations, all within the “Thailand 2011” cultural festival, the ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Romania, Chantipha Phutrakul, announced, yesterday, quoted by Realitatea TV. Already on its second edition, the event, taking place, between June 3 and 6, at the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum and in Cismigiu Park, will also include a Thai cooking workshop, a miniature one and a game and toy-making contest. On the same occasion, two Thai art and civilization exhibitions will open for the public, a commemorative stamp series will be launched and, on Sunday, the Palace Hall will host a Thai classical music and dance show, presented by the Thai National Classical Dance Troupe.

The Thai ambassador voiced his hope that this second edition of the event taking place in Romania, organized with the support of the Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MCPN) and the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, would be “much more spectacular, as it reflects a new vision”. According to the director general of the Village Museum, Paula Popoiu, during last year’s edition, the museum saw 10,000 visitors in two days.

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, in which the Con­sti­tution grants the king a reduced direct power, however, the latter acts as the main protector of Buddhism and as a symbol of national identity and unity. Nearly 95 pc of the people in Thailand are Theravada Bu­ddhists, but in the South there are a number of Muslim and Christian communities, as well as some Hindu groups.

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