By The Nation
The celebration will feature international cultural performances along with an exhibition of the King’s portraits by acclaimed artists. The event runs from July 25-28, 2019 at Parc Paragon, at Siam Paragon Shopping Centre.
International royal embassies including those of Cambodia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, Myanmar, Mongolia, Russia, Laos, Spain, Switzerland and Indonesia will present their special cultural performances.
Thailand itself will showcase folk dance performances from four regions of the country, representing its rich cultural heritage. These are a Klong Sabatchai drum performance from the North, and two from the Northeast – a Klong Sabatchai spirit worship show and a Taree Bu-ngha peacock dance – along with a Norah dance from the South and a Gold and Silver Branch dance from Central region.
The free public event offers locals and visitors from around the world the opportunity to celebrate this auspicious occasion by enjoying cultural experiences.
Meanwhile, an exhibition of HM King Rama X’s portraits reflecting his royal duties has been categorised in 10 segments – military, sports, religion, agriculture, education, foreign affairs, social, administration, medical and healthcare, and art. Led by renowned artist Roengsak Boonyawanichkul, groups of volunteer artists from Silpakorn University Painting Department, both current and alumni, together created HM the King’s portraits in celebration and gratitude for the beloved king.
Enjoy performances from July 25-28 at 4-8.30pm. Admission is free. The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday at 5.30pm at Parc Paragon. Then on July 26, the public are invited to join a ceremony of Buddhist alms-giving to monks and novices at Parc Paragon as well as to join the candle blessing ceremony on HM The King’s birthday on July 28 at 7.19pm also at Parc Paragon.