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20 events you don't want to miss in Bangkok this October

The World Press Photo Exhibition comes to town, a massive book fair returns and a whole lot of art and theater to fill your month.  

By Neon Boonyadhammakul | Sep 29, 2017

  • 20 events you don't want to miss in Bangkok this October
    Chang Chui

Art: Goethe Pop-up Art Space

Goethe-Insitut takes over Chinatown art space Cho Why with a series of talks on movements and changes in the art scene. From 4pm on Oct 1, speakers Thanom Chapakdee, Kamol Phaosavasdi and Arin Rungjang discuss how and why art events influence society (registration required). 
 
Oct 1-14. Cho Why, 17 Soi Nana, Charoen Krung Rd. Free
 

Music Festival: Freedom Festival 2017

Rock bands Superbaker and Jelly Rocket headline this festival of film, art and music that originated in the south of Thailand.
 
Oct 1. Chang Chui, 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd. Free

Theater & Dance: Beauty and the Beast

The Malandain Ballet Biarritz performs this classic fairytale through contemporary ballet movements.
 
Oct 2. Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Rd., 02-262-3456. B1,000-3,000

Theater & Dance: West Side Story

Adopted from the book by Arthur Laurents, this classic Broadway play tells the story of two teenage street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, from different ethnic backgrounds. Performed with the original dance moves created by Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein musical score.

Oct 5-8. Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Rd., 02-262-3456. B2,000-5,000
 

Gigs: Alright Gandhi

The Berlin-hailing band perform their acoustic indie-pop supported by locals Bear-Garden. 
 
Oct 6. Studio Lam, 3/1 Sukhumvit 51. B500 (limited to 80 tickets)
 

Theater & Dance: Phra Narai Defeats Nontuk

Pichet Klunchun Dance Company presents a khon performance of the Ramayana tale (Oct 8) including an exhibition detailing the making of (Oct 6-7).
 
Oct 6-8. Chang Chui, 462 Sirindhorn Rd., 081-817-2888. Free 
 

Concerts: Strfkr live in Bangkok

The American electropop band brings hits like "While I'm Alive" to the Bangkok stage.
 
Oct 6. Rockademy, A-Square (next to Flow House, opposite K-Village), Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-261-3833. B1,290

Art: 10795 Days of Bummer by Wasted Rita

Portuguese artist Rita Gomes' scribbles on colorful paper provide observations on the absurdities of life.
 
Oct 7-29. WTF Gallery & Cafe, 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6246. Free
 

Gigs: Bangkok Thrash 2017: Octobeer

A night of thrash metal headlined by Tumourboy (China) and Terror Squad (Japan) alongside Killing Fields & Psychotrain, Lake of Rebirth and Black 'Ciety, Dr. Martin Luthor King Kong Jr. III and Bottle Strike.
 
Oct 7. Thong Lor Art Space, 58/14-15 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor). B500
 

Sports: Fight Breast Cancer The Obstacle Run 2017

A 5km run to raise awareness of breast cancer. Only 1,000 participants allowed to join, register at bit.ly/2xwB7Eu.
 
Oct 7. Suan Rod Fai (Vachirabenjatas Park ), Kamphaeng Phet 3, 02-537-9221. B500-800
 

Sales & Fairs: From Particles to Father's Universe

An art exhibition featuring work from over 70 Thai artists in honor the late king, with talks and food too. 
 
Oct 7-29. Chang Chui, 462 Sirindhorn Rd., 081-817-2888. Free
 

Stuff: TEDxChulalongkornU 2017: Strive Forward

A plafform for students and alumni to exchange inspiring stories and ideas.
 
Oct 8. Siam Square One, Rama 1 Rd. B300-1,500
 

Concert: Sick Of It All

The New York hardcore band celebrate 30 years with local acts License To Kill and The Greed in Tow. Tickets available at bit.ly/2xzsd7l.
 
Oct 12. The Rock Pub, 93/26-28 Hollywood Street Building, Phayathai Rd., 02-251-9980. B1,200
 

Film: Quiet Place in the Universe, with CxOxT & Beam Wong

American indie filmmaker Tyler Ludowitz screens his documentary filmed entirely on super 8 that provides a “stoner-postcard” of his travels across the US and Asia. The starts at 8pm followed by live performances from two indie noise bands, Chamber of Tapeworms (CxOxT) and Beam Wong & Friends.  
 
Oct 12. Jam, 41 Charoen Rat Soi 1, 089-889-8059. B100

Theater & Dance: Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (Lithunia)

As one of their 50 annual shows, the orchestra performs Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C sharp minor, Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite (compiled from two suites) and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98.
 
Oct 14. Thailand Cultural Center, Thiam Ruam Mit Rd., 02-247-0028, 0-2262-3191. B1,000-3,000.
 

Art: World Press Photo Exhibition 2017

The annual photo contest awards roadshow exhibits over 120 of the best images contributing to the past year of visual journalism. 
 
Oct 18-Nov 11. House of Lucie, 1 Ekkamai Soi 8. Free
 

Theater & Dance: The Taming of the Shrew

The Stuttgart Ballet performs a dance rendition of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy following a playboy and his rebellious love interest.
 
Oct 18-19. Thailand Cultural Center, Thiam Ruam Mit Rd., 02-247-0028, 0-2262-3191. B2,000-5,500

Gigs: LIVE: The Note, Kunst & City Plant

New indie-pop bands KUNST, The Note and City Plant share the stage.
 
Oct 20. Jam, 41 Charoen Rat Soi 1, 083-545-1833. B200

Sales & Fairs: Thailand National Book Fair

Shop for books from hundreds of Thailand's leading publishing houses, meet and greet with well-known authors and participate in educational seminars.
 
Oct 18-29. Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, 60 New Ratchadapisek Rd., 02-229-3000. Free

Art: Metaphors: Sound and Moving Image with Kick the Machine

Two evenings explore the use of metaphors across selected screenings, performances and sounds, alongside daily panel discussions. This event will also launch the Thai edition of the Metaphors: Selected Soundsworks from the Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul CD, the first album ever from the film house. Tickets in advance at bit.ly/2y9CQAZ.
 
Oct 28-29. Bangkok Citycity Gallery, 13/3 Sathorn Soi 1, 083-087-2725. B700 (limited to 200 tickets  per day)

 

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