BANGKOK — It won’t be formal occasion when the capital’s first ambitious cultural biennial opens next month. To join its ceremonial opening, just slip into some activewear and duck under a bridge to do some heart-pumping stepwork.
It’s only two weeks away from the first-of-its-kind Bangkok Biennial. Kicking off July 1, it will open with a very simple ceremony: standing to the national anthem, doing some aerobics and cutting a ribbon.
The opening ceremony will start at 6pm on July 1 beneath the Rama VIII Bridge on the Thonburi side, next to the Rama VIII Park.
The Bangkok Biennial – not to be confused with the more commercial Bangkok Art Biennale – will see more than 200 local and international artists showing works at over 70 pavilions. While most of them are located in the capital city, others will be going in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Pattani, Narathiwat and Chachoengsao provinces. A few others will even be held abroad in Taiwan and Japan.
Learning more about its origins or purpose is hampered by the organizers’ bizarre decision to remain anonymous out of what they say is a desire to keep the focus on the concept.