Treat Yourself to a Week of ASEAN Puppet Therapy

Photo: Joe Louis Theatre / Facebook

BANGKOK — To celebrate Bangkok’s upcoming 235th anniversary, more than 50 puppet troupes across ASEAN will gather in Thailand for a five-day festival starting Thursday.

One of Thailand’s pioneering small puppet companies Joe Louis Theatre, Khon performances from Fine Arts Department and Nang Yai shadow puppet show by Wat Khanon Nang Yai are leading Thai traditional and contemporary troupes to perform in the upcoming ASEAN Puppet Festival.

The festival will also be joined by puppet theatres from ASEAN countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, The Philippines and Vietnam.

An exhibition on ASEAN puppets is shown until the end of April at the ASEAN Cultural Centre located on the third floor of Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center. Visitors can also create their puppets or attend a puppet showcase, but only this Saturday and Sunday.

Apart from puppet performances, cultural shows will be performed along with unique products sale from Banglampoo locals at Sunti Chai Prakan Public Park on Phra Athit Road.

The festival will start Thursday and run through April 25 at four venues around Dusit area: National Theatre from 4pm to 9pm, Sunti Chai Prakan Public Park from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center from 1pm to 4pm and Mahajetsadabadin Royal Pavilion from 4pm to 9pm.

Admission is free. Schedule and more information are available online or call 1765.

Photo: ASEAN Puppet Festival 2017 / Facebook.