Bangkok: bold strokes

2 02 2016

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Freshly unveiled work from the Bukruk festival of street art in Bangkok around Chinatown and Bangrak. See all the pieces with the Bukruk google map here! 

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Renaissance Man

2 02 2016

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Prabda Yoon, inveterate Bangkok hipster, writer, designer and translator into Thai of “Clockwork Orange” and “Catcher in the Rye” is now, I just discovered, also a director. His first short film, set in a love hotel and titled Motel Myst, just played in competition at Rotterdam. You can see a trailer on facebook. I look forward to seeing the full thing!

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One of Yoon’s super-cool book covers from his Typhoon books imprint.





Ride a white horse

9 01 2016





The hot, hot heat: Bangkok gets hip(per)

15 12 2015

Southeast Asia’s hippest metropolis is getting its groove on. Fresh off the emergence of a happening hipster scene in the art bars/gallery spaces/ speakeasies of Chinatown and Charoen Krung ( Cho Why, Tep, Teens of Thailand, Soy Sauce Factory, Speedy Grandma) the city is now gearing up to host two cool festivals.

The Wonderfruit music festival kicks off next week with a host of Thai and (admittedly, low-key) foreign acts, while the excellent Bukruk Street Art Festival has added a music programme lead by Spanish surrealist singer El Guincho.

Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Perfume Genius has just left the city.

 





Asia Weird

15 12 2015

This week around Asia:

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BANGKOK’s very own Batman got busted for speeding his batmobile along the city’s always crowded freeways – a somehow perfectly surreal turn of events for the world’s most comicbook-like city.

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JAKARTA sewer cleaners unearthered a shroud-like cloth containing monkey bones, leading to fears that a “Pocong”, a much-feared Indonesian spirit that takes the form a shroud-bound corpse, was on the loose.

HONG KONG celebrities ate Kentucky Fried Chicken at an awards ceremony.

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And in MANILA, a call for volunteers to help restore the city’s most beautiful building.

OUTER SPACE: A distant star and its orbiting planets received names from Thai folklore. Now all that remains is to find life in the “crocodile tears” constellation to set into motion a Ramkien space-opera!

 





Bangkok: Bukruk is back

5 12 2015

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Good news for Bangkok – the wonderful Bukruk street art event ( see coverage of the previous festival here) is coming back for January 2016, with various events and art works centred around the newly-hip Southern reaches of Chinatown.

More information on the 2016 festival here.





Goodbye to Bangkok

27 10 2015

An illustrator says a short, sweet goodbye to Bangkok. By Mauk illustration.








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