BANGKOK'S 13th INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE & MUSIC
Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music is the largest annual performing arts festival in Thailand. It presents artistes and theatres from around the globe in a balanced programme of classical concerts, operas, classical ballets, contemporary and world dances – and the occasional less common genre such as fado and ballet on ice.
HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajnagarindra graciously presided as Honorary Chairperson of the Festival since its inauguration in 1999 until 2003, then as Royal Patron until her passing away in 2008. Since then HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has graciously presided as Royal Patron of the Festival. Under that guidance and direction the Festival has committed to the belief that arts and culture, which contributes to the creative development in societies, also has a vital and unique role to play in the world acting, for example, as a unifying force between people and nations.
Since its inaugural year in 1999, the Festival has grown in repute and size to become the largest performing arts festival in Thailand. It takes during a period of five-six weeks each year at the country’s largest theatre with orchestra pit. In addition to a loyal following in Bangkok and from other cities in Thailand, the Festival has also secured a reputation amongst theatre-goers in Asia and as far as Europe, and a few thousand overseas visitors fly into Bangkok each year to attend.
The 2011 season is the festival’s 13th anniversary and will be held during 9 September – 16 October 2011 at the Thailand Cultural Center, and present artistes and theaters from countries as far as Austria, Brazil, Germany, Russia and United Kingdom.