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24 events you don't want to miss in Bangkok this September

Another month jam-packed with art, markets and live concerts. 

By Neon Boonyadhammakul | Sep 05, 2017

  • 24 events you don't want to miss in Bangkok this September
    Art Weekend at The Commons

Film: The 21st Short Film & Video Festival

The Thai Film Foundation’s festival dedicated to promoting film culture in Thailand returns yet again. The 21st Short Film & Video Festival promises two weeks of screenings featuring over a hundred films from around the world from as far afield as Russia, Greece, France, Germany and Afghanistan. It all takes place at Auditorium and Room no.501 of Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) with screenings starting at 5pm on weekdays and 11am on weekends. Entry is free. For the full schedule, visit www.fb.com/ThaiShortFilmVideoFestival.

Through Sep 10. 5/F, Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC), 939 Rama 1 Rd., 02-260-2606-8. Free

Art: Hope Land

American photographer Adam Birkan's latest exhibition of shots taken entirely from his 34th-floor apartment window in upper Sukhumvit, looking at life through pastel colors and minimalist compositions. See more photos here.
 
Through Sep 24. Jam, 41 Charoen Rat Soi 1, 083-5451-833. Open Tue-Sun 6pm-midnight. BTS Surasak.
 

Fairs: Bangkok Art Book Fair

Twenty-eight of the city's independent and small publishers converge on Sathorn, including screenprint studio The Archivist, Japan-born design space FabCafe, design magazine Art4D and rising illustrators Tae Parvit x MM. x Bloody Hell Big Head. Aside from art book launches, the event promises a series of talks and lectures.

Sep 7-10. Bangkok CityCity Gallery, 13/3 Sathorn Soi 1, 083-087-2725. B60

Art: Unseen Lithuania

Lithuanian aerial photographer Marius Jovaisa gives a glimpse of his native country’s singular geography, from the capital city of Vilnius and its Old Town to the Dunes of Neringa and the Baltic Sea, through vivid and saturated photographs. With a talk on opening night.

Sep 6-23. House of Lucie, 1 Ekkamai Soi 8, 095-478-9987. Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm. BTS Ekkamai.

Art: The State of Innocence

With a style likened to the late Ren Heng, photographers Sophirat Muangkum, who’s previously shot for Vogue Italia, and Pokchat Worasub strip back and expose all in this exhibition inspired by the vulnerability of the human body.

Sep 9-Oct 5 Rebel Art Space, 10/5 Sukhumvit Soi 67. Open Tue-Sat 10am-7pm. BTS Phra Khanong

Art: The Last Exhibition

Following up his canceled 2016 exhibition, Sina Wittayawiroj's explores censorship and self-censorship.

Sep 9. Cartel Artspace, 2198/10, 22 Narathiwas Rd. Free

Nightlife: Sake + Sound Vol. 3

Japanese graphic designer and artist Hiloya Asari brings some color to Ekkamai's sake bar Orihara Shoten through live painting with the support of DJs Seelie, NK Chan and The Outsider.
 
Sep 9, 8pm. Orihara Shoten, Park Lane, Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai), 02-382-0131. B200 includes 1 drink.BTS Ekkamai.


Art: A Trace of Mortality

Leading Malaysian contemporary photographer Eiffel Chong displays 15 pieces of work from throughout his career so far, captured in a distinct style exploring what would the world be like after all the hustle is over.

Sep 9-Oct 28. Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 87 Pan Rd., 087-112-7774. Open Tue-Sat 11am-6pm. BTS Surasak

Gigs: “Malama La luna Concert” Songs Among The Stars

An all-ages nighttime concert featuring Jelly Rocket, Temp, Lukpeach, Ink Waruntorn and River Rhyme. Limited to 200 tickets at: bit.ly/2xmPGqZ.

Sep 9. Buffalo Bridge Gallery, 490/5 Paholyothin Rd., 02-616-6669. B300

Nightlife: Black Grand Opening

The closure of sultry cocktail den Bronx Liquid Parlour has a silver lining: the second coming of live jazz bar Black, which disappeared four years ago from Sukhumvit Soi 33. Here, New York-hailing trumpeter-singer-owner Idris Dawud promises an uncompromising alternative to play-it-safe hotel lounge jazz. The seasoned performer comes from an accomplished jazz family. His father, Talib, played trumpet with Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk in The Jazz Messengers. 
 
Sep 9, 8pm. Black, Thonglor Soi 25, 096-989-1820. Free.

Concerts: HyHBKK Weekend Noise with DIIV

Brooklyn noise-pop band DIIV are joined by four of Bangkok's rising rock bands, Hariguem Zaboy, Cloud Behind, Triggs & the Longest Day and FOLK9. Advance tickets available at bit.do/DIIVBKK.

Sep 9. The Link Asoke-Makkasan, 1643/5,7 New Petchaburi Rd., 089-122-0553. B1,300

Art: Art Weekend

Thonglor’s concrete community mall, The Commons, launches a new event that’s all about supporting local art. Art Weekend lets guests interact with 13 names from the Bangkok art scene, including Alex Face and Tuna Dunn, who'll be working on pieces live. 
 
Sep 9-10, 12pm. The Commons, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, 089-152-2677. Free.

Concerts: Tommy Emmanuel Live in Bangkok

The Australian guitar player known for his complex fingerstyle technique performs live. Tickets available at bit.do/tommyEmmanuel2017.

Sep 9. Show DC Oasis Outdoor Arena, Rama 9 Rd. B1,400-2,300

Talk: YED Talks #02

This second session of this humorous twist on the globally renowned TED Talks promises 8 speakers covering topics such as "What's it like to be gay abroad?" and "Aftercare for post-sexual reassignment surgery." There will be bus services running back to inner-city Bangkok.

Sep 9. Chang Chui, 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd., 081-817-2888. B500-800

Dance: Bangkok's International Festival of Dance & Music 2017

The city’s largest annual festival for opera, ballet, orchestral concerts and performance pieces returns with a lineup of classic stage pieces from all around the world. Among the 13 shows this year are highlight pieces from the Antonio Andrade Flamenco Company, a live concert by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, and the classic Broadway musical, West Side Story. Tickets are now available on Thaiticketmajor. For more details visit www.bangkokfestivals.com.

Sep 11-Oct 19. Thailand Cultural Center, Thiam Ruam Mit Rd., 02-247-0028, 0-2262-3191.

Concerts: The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Asia Tour 2017

American DJs/music producers The Chainsmokers, made up of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, have confirmed they'll be playing in Bangkok on Sep 15, 2017 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani as part of their 'The Chainsmokers Memories Asia Tour 2017 Do Not Open. 
 
Sep 15. Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, 99 Popular Rd., 02-833-4455. B2,000-3,000

Concerts: One Republic live in Bangkok

American pop-rock band brings hits like "Apologize," "All the Right Moves" and "Counting Stars" to perform at its first live show in Thailand

Sep 21. Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, 99 Popular Rd., 02-833-4455. B2,000-5,000

Music Festivals: White Castle 2017

This progressive houuse music festival promises international DJs like Cartel from the UK, Marnik from Italy, and HOLL&RUSH and Jaggs from Holland. Grab your tickets at bit.ly/2wrxUDD.

Sep 22. Centerpoint Studio, Sukhumvit 105 Rd., Soi Laselle, 081-554-4235. B1,500-30,000. BTS Bearing.

Concerts: Wang Jackson World Tour

The world-renowned Michael Jackson impersonator Wang Jackson visits Thailand to perform a live concert as a tribute to the King of Pop. Tickets are available on Thaiticketmajor.

Sep 30. JJ Mall, 588 Kampangpetch 2 Rd., 02-265-9999. B1,500-2,900

Concerts: Lucy Rose

The British singer-songwriter performs songs from her new album Something’s Changing accompanied by the artist’s short documentary.

Sep 22. 17-20/F, Heaven, ZEN World @ Central World, 4, 4/5 Rajadamri Rd., 02-100-9000. B750

Concerts: FKJ Live in Bangkok

The Parisian electronic music DJ returns to perform his signature groovy loops, hip-hop rhythms and funky basslines. Tickets are available at www.ticketmelon.com/event/fkj.

Sep 15. 8/F, ZEN Event Gallery, Zen@CentralWorld ZEN World @ Central World, 4, 4/5 Rajadamri Rd., 02 640 7000. B790-1,290

Concerts: Taeyang 2017 World Tour

K-pop superstar Taeyang, known for hits like "Wedding Dress" and "Ringa Linga," revisits Bangkok as part of a solo tour to promote his forthcoming album White Night. This is his first visit to Bangkok since 2015.

Sep 30. Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, 99 Popular Rd., 02-833-4455. B3,000-7,500

Music Festivals: Waterzonic Bangkok 2017

The 2-day music festival features international DJs including Brennan Heart, Bear Grillz, MaRLo and W&W. Tickets available at www.waterzonic.com.

Sep 28-30. Live Park Rama 9, Rama 9 Rd. B3,100-4,500

Fairs: Geek Out Craft Beer Festival

Seven cool beverage importers—Smiling Mad Dog, Hopsession, Pacific B&B, Drinkable, Amber Spot, Captain Barrel and Beervana—show off their new, rare and unusual beers.

Sep 30. Quaint, 23 Soi Sukhumvit 61, 02-714-1998. B500-600

 

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