Monday, January 07, 2008

Beautiful balloons

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Beautiful balloons

Published on November 30, 2007

The dazzling balloon

Show, "Herbert's Dream", from France comes to Central Chidlom for a two-day stand from 6.30pm today and tomorrow.

The enchanting show features five stilt-borne showmen, dressed in white. The four-metre-high characters have big, rounded illuminated heads that are as delicate as balloons.

"Herbert's Dream" debuted in 1997 and has been put on 400 times, all over the world. The show was featured at the Perth Festival in Australia, the Art Festival in France and the Tarega Festival as well as World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000.

The show takes place in Central Chidlom's Morakot carpark. Admission is free.

For more information, call (02) 252 5699.

Operatic delight

Somtow Sucharikul and the Bangkok Opera present Richard Wagner's three-act opera, "Die Walkure", at 6pm today and Sunday at Thailand Cultural Centre.

"Die Walkure" is the second part of "Ring", a famous cycle of four epic dramas created by the German composer, who drew inspiration from German and Scandinavian myths and folktales, including the ancient poem known as the Nibelungenlied, or the Nibelung song.

Tickets range from Bt500 to Bt5,000, available at Thaiticketmajor.

For more information, call (02) 262 3456 or visit

Out of a dream

In "Stranger in a Dream" at Kathmandu Photo Gallery, artist Stephen Albair was inspired by Thai traditional storytelling that depict the objects as metaphors with multiple meanings.

He set up objects in naturally lit dreamscape, and uses a camera and lens that he bought around 35 years ago. The objects also reflect many ideas and themes from his previous works as a jeweller and sculptor.

The show opens tomorrow and

runs until January 27 at the gallery on Pan Road, near the Indian temple on Silom Road (BTS: Surasak).

The gallery is open from 11am to

7pm daily (except Monday).

For more information,

call (02) 234 6700 or visit

Launch into reality

After years on the

drawing board and promises by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in Pathumwan district (BTS: Siam or National Stadium) opens at 5pm today for a soft launch.

Showcasing the 11-story facility, the event features a range of activities, including a painting workshop and discussions. Musical performances will be by Backpacker, Woodoo Band and Jazz Blue Band. The centre, still under construction, is scheduled to officially open in February next year.

For more information, call (02) 247 2333 or (02) 245 2547.

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