Bring an appetite to the charity cookout at Smokers Grill & Bar in the Rot Fai Night Market Ratchada (behind The Esplanade shopping centre on Ratchadapisek Rd). The event will help raise funds for Courageous Kitchen, a small non-profit organization providing direct aid for survivors of trauma and torture, many of whom are asylum seekers with little or no access to healthcare, employment, or schooling. The group also hosts monthly pop-ups and weekly cooking classes open to the public.
The first ever Bangkok Natural Wine Festival will be held at About Eatery (Ocean Tower II, Sukhumvit Soi 21) from 11am to 7pm. This event will feature the most exciting collection of natural, organic and biodynamic wines ever assembled in Thailand. Tickets for the festival are B500 (limit of 200 tickets) and admission includes 50 wine selections to taste, along with fine artisanal food products to sample.
The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (939 Rama 1 Rd) hosts Massimiliano Finazzer Flory who will present Being Leonardo Da Vinci. An Impossible Interview. Witness Leonardo Da Vinci’s true life portrayed on stage, and discover the story and secrets behind the famed painter, scientist, and inventor. Through the format of the “impossible interview”, the playwright becomes Leonardo “physically”, wearing period costumes and makeup that presents a true reconstruction of the face of this infamous Renaissance genius. Start time is 7pm and admission is free.
British rock royalty Coldplay are coming to Bangkok this month as part of their Head Full of Dreams tour. This will be the band’s first visit to Thailand since 2003, and they will be playing for one night only at Rajamangala Stadium (286 Soi Seri, Hua Mak). Formed in 1996 by vocalist and keyboardist Chris Martin, along with Jonny Buckland (lead guitar), Guy Berryman (bass) and Will Champion (drums), the group has won seven Grammy awards and sold over 80 million records worldwide throughout their career, making them one of the world’s best-selling bands. They are best known for their massive hits including “Yellow”, “Viva La Vida”, “The Scientist”, and “Hymn for the Weekend”. Tickets are priced at B1,800, B2,500, B4,500, B5,500, and B6,500.
The Karma Klique team are back, spreading good vibes along the mighty Chao Phraya River. Drifting past ancient temples and Bangkok’s shimmering skyline, this month’s sunset Karma Kruise will present a soundscape provided by some of the best DJ talent from across Southeast Asia—including Ocean Lam from Hong Kong, and Sunju Hargun from Thailand. In addition, proceeds will go towards the ‘Stop the Smoke’ campaign, working to tackle the devastating effects of burning crop waste in Chiang Mai. The cruise runs from 4pm to 8:30pm, and tickets are priced at B1,100 (includes one drink, and admission to the after party at Whiteline, on Silom Soi 8).
The world’s wettest and wildest water fight is back! It’s time once again for Songkran, the Thai New Year, to take over the Kingdom. Get ready for three (at least) days of fun and games, and lots of watery shenanigans. In Bangkok it will no doubt be party central on Khao San Road and on Silom Road near Lumphini Park, but don’t be surprised if the celebrations are just a tiny bit subdued compared to previous years (due to the King’s passing last October).
Although it’s not a major event in Thailand, there’s still enough of a European expat community in Bangkok to make Easter Sunday a “slightly” big deal. Look for meal deal specials—featuring ham, turkey, and chocolate treats for the kids—at some of the big name hotels and international restaurants.
If you can’t afford tickets to Coldplay (see above) you can make up for it with plenty of “cosplay” at the Thailand Comic Con 2017. The location for this year’s gathering of anime enthusiasts and comic book geeks will be the Royal Paragon Hall at Siam Paragon (991 Rama 1 Rd). For three full days, starting at 10am and continuing till 9pm, get ready for a mall full of heroes, heroines, and various caped crusaders.
Party people take note: get set for a sound that will make your body wobble and a light show that will take you to another dimension when the Kolour Warehouse Party touches down at Tigger Twins Studio (5, Ramkhamhaeng Soi 32, Ramkhamhaeng Rd, Hua Mak). This spectacular indoor/outdoor 10-hour event features an Oktoberfest beer garden, food trucks and craft beer, and unlimited free Singha beer between 3pm and 4:30pm. Scheduled acts include Wankelmut (Berlin), and Breach (UK), as well as local acts Alex Fischer, Chote, Coran, and Gramophone Children. The event runs from 3pm till 1am, and tickets are B800 in advance and B900 at the door.
Yogatique (Sukhumvit Soi 23) welcomes Rhodielyn Padilla to Bangkok to share her expertise on nutrition. Rhodielyn is certified in Holistic Nutrition, a graduate from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and her workshop promises to change your perspective on food and holistic dietary practices. The class runs from 2pm to 3:30pm and admission is B1,000 per person.
Music fans will appreciate a rare appearance by the Marco Guidolotti Jazz Quartet, who will be performing a free concert at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). Marco Guidolotti is an excellent saxophonist and in this performance he will pay tribute to the great music of Gerry Mulligan and trumpeter Chet Baker. Don’t miss the evening of joyful, swinging jazz. Showtime is 7pm.
The Chulalongkorn University Music Hall (254 Phayathai Rd) will be the scene of an experimental musical performance by Cristiana Pegoraro, performing solo piano with virtual background by Mino La Franca. Pegoraro is considered one of the best role models for a new movement in classical music, and her recitals draw huge audiences worldwide. She will collaborate with award-winning photographer, artist, and illustrator Mino la Franca who will accompany her music live with a series of images that create a virtual scenography. Start time is 7pm and admission is free.
The folks at Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy present SoulVilla, a theatre production featuring Bangkok’s most prolific poets, collaborating with the best of Bangkok’s musical talent, bringing a fusion of poetry and music unlike any seen in this city. The focus of this production, directed by dancer-poet Aarti Saikia, will be the ancient, but familiar, tale of unlikely love and peace blossoming between two enemies. The show takes place in the auditorium of the Alliance Française de Bangkok (179 Witthayu Rd), and showtime is 8pm (pre-show cocktail reception at 7pm). Tickets are B750.