Bukruk is back. The urban art festival that took Bangkok by storm in 2013 returns, but on the other side of the city this time, along the Chao Phraya. Meaning “invasion,” Bukruk promises just that.
From January 23-31, Bang Rak will brim with activity as artists representing over a dozen nations perform live installations on public walls and a handful of others will display work at Bridge, Serindia, P. Tendercool, Soy Sauce Factory, Speedy Grandma, and The Jam Factory. But the festival transcends visual art, bringing music, food, and discourse into its takeover of the riverside, as well. There will be concerts in the Dockland, mapping projections, an animation night, artist talks, and workshops. And, adding intrigue to the agenda, the Thailand Creative & Design Centre (TCDC) will test out its new digs at the Grand Postal Building, with artist-led talks followed by a closing party on January 31.
This latest edition of Bukruk will have a stronger visual identity—one based on the bizarre, uncanny, and surreal—as well as more countries involved and a wider range of activities and events on the schedule. The idea is to build a sort of living museum, connecting not only the painted walls, but also the historical buildings and art spaces scattered around the area. And it’s all been done through collaboration. The local communities, the Talad Noi Association, and the River Creative District project have worked together to draw attention to the neighbourhood’s creative potential.
The easiest way to get involved in the festival is to simply stroll through Bang Rak, making stops along Charoen Krung Road and across the river at Klong San. All are welcome to join the talks, dinners, concerts, and workshops, although it’s best to reserve a spot. For more information, the full schedule of events, and the names of the participating bands and artists, visit bukruk.com.