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Revered theater figure and 2004 Silpathorn Award-winner Pradit “Tua” Prasartthong, 54, is one of the biggest advocates of Thai performing arts. Among his significant achievements is the establishment of the Bangkok Theater Festival, which returns this month at Santichaiprakarn Park and BACC. Here, he recounts his 30-year career in the arts.

You might have bumped into Boonma “Loong Yim” Puengtrakool, 55, and his gang of best friends on your daily commute. He and his pet dogs, cats, chicken and ducks, all furnished with colorful LED lights, roam the streets looking to put a smile on people’s faces. BK asks him why.

Pratchayanan “Babymild” Suwanmanee shot to online fame last year with her clips parodying Korean dramas, one of which has hit 4.8 million views, in the process becoming known for her shrill cries of “phee chai.” Now considered one of our most promising rising comedians, she’s currently starring in the comedy-horror film Pob Nah Pluak in cinemas now. 

“Comic essay” is the term used in Japan to describe autobiographical comic strips relating real-life anecdotes from their author’s life. The trend is really taking off here, with Patcharakan Pisansupong, 28, who goes under the pen name Plariex, at the forefront of the genre. Her page (www.facebook.com/Plariex) has nearly 300,000 fans. She tells BK about quitting her job in a law firm and finding happiness in her illustrations.
 

The pictures were Tweeted all over the world: small groups of anti-coup protestors sitting down at the BTS Chong Nonsi skywalk on May 29, silently reading books like George Orwell’s 1984. BK meets up with two of the protestors, Kasama and Pimsiri, who tell us why they chose reading as a form of resistance. 

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Janesuda Parnto, 31, has worked all over showbiz, from MVs to movies, as a VJ, actress, model and now fashion designer, inspired by her love of T-shirts. After releasing the first collection under her self-titled label, she opens up to BK about the business side of fashion, her love of music and how to survive being in the spotlight.

Although Vachira “Nott” Tonggrow, 26, studied to be a graphic designer, he found his real passion was for crafting hardwood furniture, opening the very popular store If I Were A Carpenter, at Ekamai Soi 10. As he prepares to showcase his work at the Hotel Art Fair on May 23-25, Nott talks to us about what’s in store. 

Fresh from starring in the Thai remake of the internationally famous Korean series Full House, singer-actor Pirath “Mike” Nitipaisalkul, 24, is gearing up to release his first album in four years, under the name Mike D. Angelo. He opens up to BK about following in the foot-steps of Korean superstar Rain, his disillusionment with the entertainment industry and the accusations he’s had plastic surgery. 
Formerly based in Chicago, US artist Dale Konstanz has lived in Thailand for over 10 years now, building up a deep fascination for Thai street culture, particularly the sacred objects Bangkok taxi drivers arrange on their dashboard altars. After launching a blog, Thai Taxi Talismans, which became a book in 2012, he is now displaying his photos as part of his Reflections/Protections exhibition at Kathmandu Photo Gallery until June 29.