What can one do in this searing heat in Bangkok? Lots: From lighthearted concerts, art exhibitions to an independent film festival, the city’s myriad events this month will keep your weekdays and weekends well occupied, and probably most importantly, help you stay cool and sane in this hectic, hot month of July.
Mangosteen Music Festival HONNE live in Bangkok by Singha
When: 25 July, 6pm-1am
Price: THB 1,600
Co-hosted by Singha and JAMM and bringing back the British electric-music duo, HONNE, along with uprising bands like MEAN and The Toys, Mangosteen Music Festival is shaping up to be one of the most exciting music festivals this year. Taking place at GMM Live House, come to see HONNE perform their greatest hits such a ‘Day 1’ which had topped the Thai iTunes chart for four weeks straight and their newly launched singles. Grab your tickets now at Ticket Melon.
GMM Live House, 8/F, CentralWorld, Bangkok, +662 101 6884
Johnnie Walker presents Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
When: 23 July
Price: THB 1,600 for early bird ticket; THB 1,800 for advance ticket
Presents to you by Johnie Walker, this hip hop and neo soul musical event featuring Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals at Voice Space is a one-night-only extravaganza you wouldn’t want to miss out. The concert is set to be pulsing with .Paak’s unique rapping and R&B, vocals combining the classics from Motown and Stevie Wonder mixed with contemporary funk, showing us what makes him one of the most talented hip hop artists of our time. Expect hits like ‘Come Down’, ‘Malibu’, ‘Bubblin’, and ‘Heart Don’t Stand A Chance’ as well as plenty of energy and entertainment. It’s the kind of concert to dance until you drop.
LGBT+ Film Festival
When: 3-8 July
The art-house cinema, Bangkok Screening Room is hosting one of the most highly anticipated LGBT events all year, the LGBT+ Film Festival. The event will approach LGBT issues through eight films, including ‘Tale of the Lost Boys’, ‘The Queen of Ireland’, and ‘The Wound’, all chosen by John Badalu, an Indonesian film producer and publicist whose work aims to tackle the cultural discrimination against LGBT. With creating a safe place for discussions about gender-related topics such as marriage and social equality in mind, special events like heart-to-heart talks and a special art exhibition are organised. Celebrating diversity, obstacles and strengths with bits of humour and fun escapades thrown into the mix, the film festival presses the right buttons for the LGBT community and those who are curious about them.
Bangkok Screening Room, Level 2, 1/3-7 Sala Daeng Soi 1, Silom, +6690 906 3888
Tea 101 Workshop with Seven Suns
When: 29 July, 2-4pm
If whiling away afternoon with a cup of hot tea sounds like your kind of Sunday, we’re here to introduce you a workshop where you can become a tea master in the comfort of you home. At the Tea 101 Workshop with Seven Suns at theCOMMONS, you’ll learn the differences between white, yellow, green, oolong, black and pu’erh teas. Attendees will be introduced to the Gong Fu Cha, which is a traditional Chinese style of brewing a perfect cup of tea using a small teapot, adding a bunch of tea leaves and steeping them for a short infusion time. The result is layered flavours and a pleasant tea aroma that you’ll get to savour in each sip. At the end of the tea-making experience, the instructor will also demonstrate how to infuse tea leaves with alcohol, the tea room’s take on the popular tea-infused cocktail trend.
HOME(we)MADE art exhibition by Lamunlamai and friends
When: 5-29 July
A group exhibition by local artist and designers who create their work with craftsmanship using different techniques from sculpture, painting to indigo dying, HOME(we)MADE is inspired by each individual artist’s unique idea about ‘home’ — a habitat, a source of inspiration, or a craft on its own. Be sure to check out the opening party on 5 July from 6:30pm onwards to see the artwork firsthand.
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), 939 Rama I Rd, Bangkok, +662 214 6630