By The Nation
The fest showcased artworks, products, and performances by young Fai-Fah members aged between 12 and 17 from the four Fai-Fah centres in the Pradipat, Pracha Uthit, Chan, and Bangkok Noi areas.
“This year’s theme is to give regular young people an opportunity to demonstrate their talents and to show their development empowered by the centres. This activity also encourages young people to make a difference, in line with TMB’s philosophy of ‘Make The Difference’,” said Piti Tantakasem, chief executive officer of TMB.
The fest was divided into four main zones. The Art Showcase featured paintings and scarves painted with patterns that captured the essence of communities in Sathorn by young Fai-Fah members. The Shopping Zone had canvas tote bags in different sizes, water bottles, scarves, snacks, and baked goods. The CSR Activities Zone offered two creative workshops “Story Stones” and “Life-changing Rubber Bands.” The last zone was the Talent Showcase, where young people showed off their extraordinary singing, dancing, musical, and martial art skills.
Thanyakan “Prozza” Wanitchatchawankul, a first-generation Fai-Fah member from Pracha Uthit and the artist who made the magic marker sketch said, “The beauty of ordinary kids is in their true selves. After I discovered Fai-Fah, my way of thinking started to change. I’ve learned how to share. I always set aside some free time to volunteer as a teacher assistant in art classes at the centres and art schools near my home.”
Another member Kittiphat “X” Mookphila, revealed, “My passion for dancing brought me to the Fai-Fah centre, and it turned me from a troublemaker to a confident person who knows how to be a good leader, a good follower, and a team player. My dance crew has participated in various contests and even made it to the final five.”
Thaiphat “Nud” Wanna, a member from the fifth class at Fai-Fah Pradipat and creator of a delicious lasagna with tom yum sauce, said, “I didn’t know how to cook at first, but I enjoy eating and wanted to learn how. I discovered my passion for cooking and decided to study hotel management. In the future, I would like to become a successful chef and own a restaurant.”
Patcharanita “Fah” Wongkham, a member from the second class at Fai-FahPradipat who made orange buns, stated: “The bakery class I took at Fai-Fah taught me how to talk to others and make new friends. I also learned how to make European and Asian pastries as well as techniques for mixing dough, selecting ingredients, setting the table, and serving the food. I’m going to start making baked goods for sale at a market near my home. In the future, it is my dream to own a bakery.”
Pannawan “Plai” Yommana, a member from the second class at Fai-Fah Chan who painted scarves with patterns embodying the identity of Sathorn communities, said: “I learned how to paint scarves in my clothing design class. I was taught to make designs by painting. For these scarves, I’ve chosen designs that capture the distinctive features of communities in Sathorn and Thainess. In the future, I’d like to become a designer.”