The friends-of-the-Arts (a self-supporting non-profit entity) charitably nurture and excite interest in performing arts among young talented Thais throughout the Kingdom. Part of proceeds from the friends-of-the-Arts annual events are donated to charitable organizations who work towards the well-being of children, family and community in the Kingdom of Thailand. Throughout the year the foundation stages performances to raise funds and encourage the young Thai talented to perform in a professional environment: (using state of the art sound, lighting and stage props). The friends-of-the-Arts foundation incorporates universal values which transcend all boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, race or religion.
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In 1982, the International Dance Committee founded International Dance Day to be celebrated every year on the 29 th of April. The date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, who was born in 1727 and was a great reformer of dance. In 2000 Khun Varaom Pachimsawat was invited to establish the International Dance Day in Thailand. For further information enter:
The friends-of-the-Arts foundation plans a free public festival at Benjasiri park, Bangkok.
2011 the directors plan for over 400 performing artists (representatives from the best of Thailand plus international performing artist/dancers from dance companies around the world) on two stages in Bangkok (over 50,000 audience to attend over the weekend).
In addition there are planned to be Master Classes: Workshops: “Young Talent Showcase”: Visual Arts Exhibitions
Free Public Performances: 10-15 minute performance from Thai and International dance company: free event in public venue
Main Performances: private invitation “fund raiser” staged at special venues hosted by the Embassy and the friends-of-the-Arts foundation: 90 minute performance in total
Young Talent Showcase: young talent invited to perform 16.00 – 18.00 hours: (2 nd - 3 rd Day of the festival at public venue). an opportunity for young talent performing artists/dancers to stage their work!
“ Expectation: More than 50,000 audiences to attend the 2011 festival”
Cultural Partners Embassy of Israel Embassy of Italy Embassy of Argentina Embassy of Sri Lanka Embassy of the People's Republic of China Embassy of Czech Republic Embassy of Arab Egypt Embassy of The Republic of Korea Embassy of The United States Embassy of the Republic of Poland Embassy of India British Embassy Embassy of Romania Embassy of Switzerland Embassy of Spain
Program Dates: 25 th November – 3 rd December 2011 Host Partners: Governor of Bangkok and Bangkok Municipality Opening Ceremony: Friday 25th November (18.30 - 20.00 hours) Benjasiri Park Presided over by the Bangkok Governor with cocktail reception (invitation only) Carefully selected performances: art exhibitions Free Public Performances: workshops/ master classes/ art exhibition/ Venue: Benjasiri Park: Dance Centre @ The Capitol Club Dates: 26 th - 27 th November 2011: 16.00 -18.00 hours “Young Talent Showcase” 18.00 -19.00 hours young local choreographers performances. 19.00 - 21.00 hours performances from international guest dance companies (excerpt for main performances)
Bangkok Highlight Performance: Invited guest Cultural Partners to stage their works at the following venue: Thailand Cultural Center (Main Hall) Dates: 28 th November – 3 rd December Time: 19.30-21.00 hours Master classes/ workshops 28th November – 3rd December conduct by international artists/choreographers.
10 th International Dance Festival Festival Facts and Information - Organized by the friends-of-the-Arts foundation in partnership with Thailand’s Ministry of Culture and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. - 12 international performing companies participated. - Over 400 dancers and performing artists to participated in the festival. - Over 70 live performances were held. - 10 master classes (for professional performing artists) in dance and percussion conducted by leading international choreographers and musicians. - 10 free workshops for the general public. - Over 50,000 people enjoy this free event held over 7 days.