The 15th International Festival of Dance & Music continues with events in various genres at the Thailand Cultural Centre (Thiem Ruammitr Rd; 02-247-0028) until October 14. The month kicks off with The Michael Jackson Tribute Memory Concert, including songs both from his solo career and his years with the Jackson 5 (Oct 1-2). Then, the Mike Stern Band bring jazz to town, led by the ex Blood, Sweat and Tears guitarist Mike Stern, who also played with Billy Cobham and Miles Davis (Oct 4); followed by hot Brazilian ballet company Grupo Corpo, variously described as “cerebral, primitive and tough”.
They perform two pieces, Sem Min and Onqoto (Oct 6). The Karlsruhe Ballet, from Germany take over with two productions: Giselle, with choreography by Sir Peter Wright (Oct 9) and a Gala Performance on Oct 11, when leading soloists perform extracts from 11 ballets, including The Dying Swan. The festival ends with a working of Romeo and Juliet created by Joëlle Bouvier of the Geneva Ballet (Oct 14). All shows start at 7.30pm, with tickets (prices vary) available at Thai Ticketmajor (02-262-3456; thaiticketmajor.com).
Head to BITEC from October 22-23 and get your Christmas shopping done early at the joint Bangkok International Gifts and Bangkok International Houseware Fair, handily retitled BIG+BIH. There should be a wide choice of home decor, handicrafts and plants.
BITEC : Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre
88th Bangna – Trad Road | 02-749-3939 | bitec.co.th