Ignite a Passion for Ideas at Bangkok Edge Festival

Hyeonseo Lee explains her escape from North Korea at a 2013 TED talk. Photo: TED.com

BANGKOK — Satisfy your lust for knowledge and ideas this Valentine's Day weekend with the mouths and minds of more than 40 artists, writers and thinkers.

Described as Bangkok’s First Ideas Festival, Bangkok Edge (Bangkok Waek Naew) will bring together a broad range of people for a weekend of thought-provoking talks, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, food and drinks.

In the spirit of TED, the event will feature talks by the likes of renowned architect Duangrit Bunnag, Dudesweet founder Pongsuang “Note” Kunprasop, Very Thai” author Philip Cornwel-Smith and Dracula author’s great-grand nephew Dacre Stoker.

There’s also workshops, bands, movies and an exhibition.

“Bangkok Edge Festival is aiming to be Bangkok's first ideas festival where people come to exchange ideas and learn new things. However, we also didn’t forget that people love to have fun,” organizer Grissarin “Yui” Chungsiriwat said.

Duangporn “Chef Bo” Songvisava will teach how to cook authentic Thai food, Rajini School students will teach fruit and vegetable carving, and illustrator Kathy MacLeod will school children and adults in visual storytelling.

All discussions and workshops will be conducted in Thai and English.

Along with the talks and workshops, Museum Siam will exhibit Chiang Mai-based photographer Philip Jablon’s work documenting classic movie theaters in Southeast Asia.

Those who prefer their pictures moving can catch independent films screening both days, including the premier of the untold story of the Hua Lamphong rail terminal and “Y/Our Music,” a sonic journey through Thai music from the country to the capital.

Chulachak “Hugo” Chakrabongse, Palmy, Ornaree, Lek from Greasy Cafe and Paradise Bangkok will perform after the films.

Bangkok Edge Festival runs noon to midnight on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 at Museum Siam, Chakrabongse Villas and Rajini School. Find the full schedule and details in both Thai and English online.

Admission to everything is free. However it wouldn’t be Bangkok without an upscale option: For a full VIP experience, sip cocktails and look down on everything from an exclusive garden overlooking the river with a 500-baht pass for two days’ access to Chakrabongse Villa’s historic garden. Space is limited.





Take bus No. 73 or 73ก from MRT Hua Lamphong to Memorial Bridge and walk a few minutes to Museum Siam.

For Skytrain fans, head to BTS Saphan Taksin and catch an express boat to Yodpiman River Walk or Tha Tien piers and walk a short distance to the venue, which is located between the two piers.

If you must drive, park at the Royal Thai Navy Club House or Yodpiman River Walk.





Chayanit Itthipongmaetee can be reached at chayanit@khaosodenglish.com and @chayaniti92.

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