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Our theme for April 2020 is an ode to the arts

2020, what a year. 

Each month this 2020, we will be celebrating a particular theme; be it private jet etiquette in the summer, or how to adequately pair chocolate and champagne during the festive season. Yet in planning the themes for each month at the end of last year, there is no way our editorial team could have anticipated any of what lies before us here this month. For April, our theme is titled “Life imitates Art,” and if that sounds a little abstract to you (no puns intended), read on.

We had originally planned another theme for the typically celebratory summer month of April. Yet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re social distancing, we’re working from home, and the Thai New Year celebrations we normally so look forward to have officially been cancelled. Last month, our theme was “Go Big & Go Home,” and whilst that still applies in some way, we wanted to take you on a dreamier route and still celebrate a little with you — through art. 

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It’s actually quite intriguing and quite apt to the times. Given that now a lot of us are staying home, we have begun to find a greater appreciation for the arts. You actually have the time to get down to reading that book. You’re actually considering starting a podcast or a vlog. You play your music on maximum volume and curated a virtual mixtape for your crush. You’re engaging in craft projects around the house. Or maybe you’re just binge-watching Netflix (no judgment). 

On the one hand, it is linked to the fact that we aren’t going out so much. But on the other hand, it also crawls a little deeper than this. Turning to the movies, music, literature, and culture enables us to find a means not only for entertainment, but also comfort, distraction, or mere sanity. Often sadly neglected otherwise, we actually really need the arts. That’s why our theme is an ode to them. 

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Of course, we will be exploring it broadly. Think, food photography. Think, makeup artists. Think, fashion. But also think of the classical arts. Local artists who are honouring the craft and/or changing the game. Films we love and what they mean to us. Cocktails that were inspired by paintings. Playlists on playlists on playlists. 

As UNESCO has stated, “Now more than ever, people need culture. Culture makes us resilient. Culture gives us hope. Culture reminds us that we are not alone.” Let’s get it on. Stories will be linked below on a rocking and rolling basis. 

Life imitates Art

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Lisa Gries
Creative Content Director, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.