19 awesome things to do in Bangkok this June
From buzzing Pride Month parties and a psych-rock festival to the return of the one and only Hotel Art Fair.
Peruse some 20 artworks by Apichai Bhakdibutr, a Thai artist whose satirical illustrations filled the pages of Germany's notorious Mad Magazine throughout the '70s and '80s. Among Apichai's various original covers, the exhibition will also see the artist tackle the vicious cycle of politics with new pieces adapted to modern times (yes, that means Donald Trump).
May 30-Jun 26. Woof Pack, 1/3-9 Sala Daeng Soi 1, 089-826-2299. Open daily 10am-6pm
This huge multimedia exhibition promises a riveting, immersive experience featuring state-of-the-art HD projection, animation and striking surround sound, featuring the works of 16 prolific artists including Degas, Modigliani, Mondrian, Monet, Rousseau, Renoir, Kandinsky and van Gogh to name a few. More than 1,500 pieces will be brought to life in a grand display alongside talks by scholars of European art, supported by the European Union, as well as the opportunity to try your own hand at painting while sipping on wine.
Through Jun 16. 2/F, RCB Galleria, River City Bangkok, 23 Charoenkrung Soi 24. Early-bird tickets B300 via Zipevent/ regular B350/ children B200.
Acclaimed director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy) is behind this experiment of collecting human interactions through dialogue. Visitors are welcome to contribute an up-to-3-minute phone conversation in the recording room, which will be archived, published and possibly broadcasted.
Jun 1-23. Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Sathorn Soi 1. Open Wed-Sun 1-7pm. Book your appointment: www.secondhanddialogue.com
FUEL Weekend, W Hotel’s roaming international fitness bootcamp-slash-party retreat, is coming to Thailand for the first time at W Koh Samui from Jun 20-23. The three-day retreat is a mixture of beachside workouts, healthy food, outdoor fun filled activities and epic parties true to the brand's DNA. Basically, it’s a dream weekend for fitness fanatics who want to hang out with like-minded people. There are some heavy-hitting trainers taking part, too, hosting boxing bootcamps, mobility sessions, paddleboard pilates and climb-flow yoga among other things. Check out the event website below for more info.
Jun 20-23, W Koh Samui. Event website here.
Enjoy the German-Vietnamese filmmaker's debut film which follows a unique family's history composed through VHS tapes. Followed by a Q&A session with Hai Anh Trieu herself.
Jun 4, 8pm. Jam, Charoen Rat Soi 1, 089-889-8059. Free
Korat-born Tada Hengsapkul presents artworks that explore fragments of memories of the Vietnam War and its consequences, Opening reception on Jun 6, 6-9pm, and a talk by Dr. Tul Israngura Na Ayudhya, dubbed Dear Love: From the Great War to the Vietnam War, on Jun 8, 2-4pm.
Jun 6-21. Nova Contemporary, Mahadlek Luang Soi 3, Rajdamri Rd., 090-910-6863. BTS Ratchadamri
Unwind on a Thursday evening by listening to the Italian oboist, Verrecchia, awe you with his musical talent playing alongside Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.
Jun 6, 8pm. Thailand Cultural Center, Thiam Ruam Mit, 14. 02-247-0028. Free entrance with registration
The biggest fitness event in Thailand featuring everything about fitness and health from gyms doing a trial class, new technology or shop for new workout clothes, shoes or healthy food including supplements. On top of that, there will also be talks from fitness gurus.
Jun 6-9, 10am. CentralWorld, 999/9 Rama 1 Rd., 02-640-7000. Free.
Jun 8, 9pm. Penta, Ekkamai, Sukhumvit Soi 63. 086-408-7734. B250 includes 1 drink.
Bangkok Screening Room presents the first of its monthly screening events at Siri House with a documentary about American fashion journalist André Leon Talley, following his journey from living in the segregated South US to blossoming into a pioneering name in the fashion industry.
Jun 11, 7:30pm. Siri House, 14/2 Soi Somkid, Phloen Chit Rd. 094-868-2639. B550 includes 1 drink via online.
A one-day music festival featuring dream pop music from over 10 bands with a headliner from Russia’s Motorama, Japan’s Bearwear and our local talents like Folk9, Anatomy Rabbit, Wave And So, Plasui Plasui, Death Of Heather, Soft Pine, Mind Wanders, The Vuniyerse and Blue Yogurt. The concert will run for over six hours.
Jun 15, 3pm. Rockademy, 120/8 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-261-3833. Tickets are B700 via Ticketmelon.
The local indie folk performer performs a 45-minute set of chart-topping tracks and then joins in a fun and casual Q&A session.
Jun 15, 1.30pm. Jacqueline, Siri House, Soi Somkid. B650 (1 drink included) via fb.com/sirihousebkk.
Three artists/lecturers from Srinakharinwirot University, Denpong Wongsarot, Supoj Siriratchaneekorn (artwork pictured above) and Sitthidham Rohitasuk, present their thoughts and feelings across three different styles of contemporary art.
Jun 15-Jul 14. S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, 160/3 Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02 258 5580 Ext.401
LIVE MUSIC: Lucy Rose
Concert organizer Medium Rare hosts the return of the English folk singer-songwriter who made a name for herself through collaborations with indie rock bands like Bombay Bicycle Club and Manic Street Preachers. She’ll perform songs from her albums Something’s Changing and No Words Left.
Jun 16. Live Arena, 94, 23/92-94 RCA Rd., 098-974-6974. B750 via Ticketmelon.com
COMEDY: Glenn Wool
Since 1995, this subversive and effortlessly funny Canadian comedian has made a name for himself with appearances on hit TV shows like John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, The Green Room with Paul Provenza, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Russell Howard’s Good News. Catch him live at Asoke's Westin Grande Sukhumvit, with early bird tickets starting at just B300 here.
Jun 20, 8:30pm. The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, 259 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-207-8000. Early bird B300/ standard B600/ VIP B1,200 (includes four drink coupons plus free-flow after the show with meet-and-greet).
The American singer-songwriter, who's worked with the likes of Weyes Blood vocalist Charlotte Day Wilson and Mild High Club’s Alex Brettin, presents his playful electronic pop.
Jun 21, 8:30pm. Goose Life Space, 12 Phahonyothin Rd. Early Bird Tickets B890, Regular tickets B1100, ticket on sale on Ticketmelon.com
An event embracing the thriving LGBTQ community within Bangkok featuring an exhibition of Derek Brown’s acclaimed Tomboy Bangkok photography, as well as music provided by DJAFFECT.
Jun 21; 22; 28, 7pm. Whiteline, Silom Soi 8, 087-061-1117. Free.
Farmgroup's annual event gathering some of the region's top art galleries in a unique hotel setting. Participating galleries include Artist+Run, Chin’s Gallery, Kalwit Studio & Gallery, Korea Tomorrow, Subhashok the Arts Centre, La Lanta Fine Art and many, many more.
Jun 22-23, 11am. W Bangkok, Sathorn Rd., Silom, Bangrak. 02-344-4000. Free ticket with registration
Since launching in 2013, Negroni Week has grown into a worldwide week of negroni specials to raise money for various charities. This year the celebration of the bittersweet three-ingredient cocktail will be sure to see some of Bangkok's bars getting in on the action. A launch party will take place at The Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Hotel on Jun 24, 8-10pm: entry by B1,000 donation. Stay tuned for more details.
Jun 24-30. Various venues across Bangkok.
Returning for the third time, this music festival from the folk behind the popular Stone Free and Keep on the Grass gatherings invites 10 bands a one DJ to perform psychedelic sounds. Artists announced include Yellow Fang, Khana Bierbood (pictured), Dara Rasmi, Chladni Chandi and Ugly Mountain. Limited to 200 tickets.
Jun 30. Brownstone, 1395 Sukhumvit Soi 77. B600-800.