New TCDC to Open With Swinging, Three-Day Gala

The Grand Postal Building seen in 2016. Photo: Jam Tipsri / Courtesy

BANGKOK — The city’s most renowned design hub will celebrate its new headquarters with three days of almost everything – music, swing dance, movies, art workshops and a flea market.

After leaving its home atop the Emporium shopping mall and relocating to a historic post office building near the river, the Thailand Creative and Design Center, or TCDC, opens to the public May 5 with a three-day fest of art and performances.

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At the Creative Market, find stalls of food, drinks, clothing, handicrafts and more. Learn by doing at several workshops including calligraphy by Typer, screen printing with The Archivist and jewelry making with Atelier Rudee.

Concerts will take place all three days. The lineup includes Thai folk sensation The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band, folk rockers My Life As Ali Thomas, jazz-R&B group Motherfunky and indie trio Yellow Fang. Find the schedule online.

Film buffs have more excuse to stay longer as TCDC will screen six outdoor films, two each day. They include Thai short “83 Soi Soonvijai 14,” about an old man who makes a film for his sick wife, and an experimental doc about a writer accused of being mentally ill and charged three times with lese majeste under Article 112 in “Mr. Zero.” A month in New York with an infamous art vandal in “Banksy Does New York” will show again, a few months after it screened at a design-oriented film fest.

The last day, May 7, will see a retro-style dance party led by Bangkok Swing.

The new TCDC covers about 10,000sqm and includes a library, coworking space, Maker Space, Materials Room and an outdoor rooftop area.

The events will be held 4pm to 11pm starting May 5 through May 7 at the Grand Postal Building. The nearly 80-year-old building is located on Soi Charoen Krung 34 and can be reached from BTS Saphan Taksin and the Wat Muang Kae pier.

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