We may be a far few months away from February, but love is certainly in the Bangkok air for the second half of June. We’re celebrating Pride Month this month, and the city is brimming with colourful events to pay homage to love and self-expressions of any and all forms. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away in drag, or prefer to celebrate more quietly with a ceramics or sake-pairing workshop, there’s plenty to get up to in the city this month. From business start-up inspiration, to juicing, rooftop yoga, and more, here’s what to do in Bangkok this 15-30 June 2019.
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Celebrating queer history and expression, the vibrant W Bangkok is partnering with Gayle and Chandon Thailand this June to present “Love Out Loud”. Taking place on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Liberation, join the likes of Groove DJ and Pangina Heals for a special extravaganza at WOOBAR. Special guests from Drag Race Season 2 will also be present, with proceeds going to the Love Foundation, in support of raising awareness of sexually transmitted diseases. A lavishly loud festival of love.
The SAC ASEAN Film Festival is back for its 2019 rendition, bringing movie buffs yet another interesting selection of movies from around the region. Hosted by the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, the three-day event is designed as a culture exchange between countries in Southeast Asia. Thailand presents two entries this year, with ‘Soil Without Land’ on Friday and ‘Sheeps’ on Sunday. There will also be a series of panel discussions, centred around story creation, changing landscapes, and documentary best practices, so all future filmmakers should definitely take note.
With a motto that reads “Sip. Slay. Pose.”, it’s not hard to imagine the wild night that will be held at SO Sofitel’s rooftop this June. Inviting a fabulous line-up of notorious drag, head to HI-SO this month to join Divas, Kwang Yonce, Zymone ‘The Rapper Queen’ and more for a night of dance and party. Guests are advised to show up dressed to the Instagram-worthy nines and celebrate pride in utter glam.
Looking for a little start-up inspiration this June? WeWork has invited Yod Chinsupakul, CEO of Bangkok foodies’ beloved Wongnai, to hold a talk on his extremely successful lifestyle app and website. Whether you’re seeking a few tips and tricks for your own business, or simply want to listen to the story of his journey, there’s going to be plenty of like-minded people and meaningful conversations (and snacks and drinks, too).
As the temperatures start to cool down a little, there’s nothing quite like catching a movie at an open-air cinema. This June, The Hive is reintroducing its Open Air Cinema Club with a special screening of Snatch at their Thonglor hideout. With 360-degree views of the city, and a complimentary beer on arrival, it’s the perfect evening for a dose of cinematic mystery and crime in an urban rooftop location.
No matter whether you’re a die-hard detox-er or a die-hard nacho-eater, Nutri Yoga Life and The Home BKK are here to inspire a healthier lifestyle for any and every body this June. Inviting visitors to make fresh juice, participants will learn about the importance of nutrition, and understand the science behind inflammation, oxidation, and dieting. A workshop centred around improving health and encouraging a philosophy around it, there’s definitely plenty to learn and plenty of nutritious goodies to leave with.
Between sake and chocolate, what’s not to love? theCOMMONS is hosting a sake and chocolate pairing workshop run by Elliot Faber, the beverage director for Yardbird and RONIN, and co-founder of Sake Central and Saketen in Hong Kong. Participants will learn about sake and its history, as well as how to pair it with three different types of chocolate (provided by Sathorn’s very own KAD KOKOA). You’ll also get to take home a Riedel sake glass, after being taught how to smell and taste sake from different types of glassware. Snazzy.
Doing it the only way Siri House knows how (that is, with heaps of millennial style), the Phloen Chit neighbourhood hangout is presenting a new kind of ceramics class experience this month. Conducted by the team behind Palm Pottery, participants will learn how to craft a “one-of-a-kind ashtray”, in the company of sangria and music. Who said ceramics workshops were boring? Not Siri House.
The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra is back with another beautiful concert for lovers of classical music this month. This time under an ‘Emperors of Music’ theme, listeners can except the great works of Beethoven and Bruckner, with the amazing Irene Russo on the piano, and Michel Tilkin as conductor. A romantic evening.
The perfect way to unwind and stretch away your sorrows after a long month, head to The Hive Thonglor this June to watch the sun go down in a mellow meditative state. Taking place on the rooftop, classes are designed to suit all participants at beginners/intermediate level, and bringing your own yoga mat and a dose of good vibes is strongly advised. Namaste to an eventful month.