Dance Theater at Cicada Market, Saturday 05 November

I always wish I could read Thai better than I actually do, but if I’m not mistaken this lot will be the stage show at Cicada Market this Saturday (05 November) starting 7:30. I’ll be there! Kinri Wirasak is the director.

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What’s a Mother to Do? The Week of October 14-20

Since starting the Hua Hin Arts Guide, I’ve been trying to do individual posts whenever new items, or review topics, or whatever, have come up. Now I’m coming to grips with a not-so-harsh reality: There’s just too much going on!

If I try to post each item separately, I won’t be able to keep up, new posts will push old ones down where they may not get the attention they deserve, and things will get left out that are of interest but too small to warrant a separate post.

So I’m going to try a new approach. Starting here, I’ll do a weekly post that ties up the general news, capsule reviews of that week’s shows, reminders of upcoming performances of interest, and general information.

Let’s see how that all works out… More

Cicada Street Dance Competition in October

Cicada Street Dance Competition 2010!

The Cicada Market in Khao Takiab, Hua Hin’s principle outdoor performance and arts venue, will host the first Cicada Street Dance Competition throughout October.

Starting Saturday October 9 and continuing through 16, 23, and 30 October), teams from throughout Thailand will compete for a 100,000 baht grand prize.

The competition will proceed by eliminations, with scoring based on various categories of Technique and Presentation. The final elimination on 30 October will also allocate points for Improvisation, Teamwork, and Creativity.

The stated purposes of the Cicada Street Dance Competition 2010 are:

1. To promote Street Dance as a branch of the Performing Arts.
2. To encourage young people to use leisure time well and avoid drugs.
3. To promote the process of learning, teamwork and creativity.
4. To be a space for expression for young people of ability.

Elimination rounds will be held at Cicada Market at 7:30 pm on Saturdays 9,16,23, and 30 October. With this kind of prize money, contestants are sure to work hard to give us all a great series of shows. This national competition is the first of its ever in Thailand, and is a big boost to Hua Hin’s reputation as a rapidly expanding center of creative activity. Be sure to come out to support this exciting and very positive event.

For more information (in Thai), visit Cicada Market’s stunning web site at http://www.cicadamarket.net.

Hua Hin’s Remarkable Arts Centers

For a town of its size, Hua Hin is lucky to have several large, open-air art and performance centers. Rather amazingly, 3 out of 4 of these opened just in the last year! Let’s have a look…

Baan Sillapin (Artists Village)

Baan Sillapin (or Artists Village) opened in 1998 on a 10-rai (approx. 4 acres or 1.6 hectare) site in the hills just to the West of central Hua Hin. Baan Sillapin includes large galleries of arts and antiques, artist studios, a coffee shop, and classrooms for the very-popular classes in painting and sculpture. The facility is a frequent host of special exhibitions and performance events.

Baan Sillapin is open every day except Monday, from 9 am to 5 pm. The ‘campus’ is located on the “Pala-U” road (route 3218) approximately 4 kilometers from the center of Hua Hin.

Vic Hua Hin Performing Arts Center

Vic Hua Hin Performing Arts Center, opened in January 2010 by the famous Patravadi Mejudhon of Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, is a large and impressive complex just to the South of downtown Hua Hin. The center features the state-of-the-art 300-seat Vic Hua Hin Theatre, the ‘Flower Dome’ (Dome Dokmai) outdoor performance space,  a ‘sculptured’ residence area called the Arts Camp, and numerous classrooms, shops, etc. The campus is home to the Patravadi High School Hua Hin, Thailand’s first ‘alternative’ high school with a performing arts emphasis. In January and February 2010, the Vic Hua Hin hosted the Fringe Festival Hua Hin, with numerous music, dance, and dramatic performances.

Every Saturday evening throughout the year, there are full (and impressive) theatrical performances in the Vic Hua Hin Theatre, as well as dining and performances around the Dome Dokmai. Public classes on dance, sculpture and music are held Saturdays and Sundays. Admissions and fees vary. The Vic Hua Hin is located on Petchkasem Road (the main road South), about 3 kilometers from the center of town and approximately 500 meters beyond the ‘flyover’.

Cicada Market

Cicada Market at Suan Sri is a lovely outdoor ‘park’ featuring weekend live performances, large galleries and art market, numerous vendors of crafts and antiques, and extensive food and beverage service.  The site is very beautifully landscaped, with large trees and several old ‘beach-style’ buildings, and it’s a real pleasure to wander here in the evenings. Saturday nights are especially good. All the shows are free, and you only need pay for your purchases of food and drink, crafts, art, etc. Every town should have a place like this!

The market is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening throughout the year. The site is located in Khao Takiab, Hua Hin’s Southern ‘annex’. To find the market, proceed to Khao Takiab from downtown Hua Hin. Watch for signs for the Hyatt Hotel. Suan Sri is on the left, right on the corner of the soi that leads into the Hyatt.

Plearn Wan Vintage Eco Village

Plearnwan Vintage ‘Eco’ Village is not, strictly speaking, an arts center. But it deserves a look  if only for its extraordinary architecture. The unique structure is built almost entirely of recycled materials! A futuristic entryway leads you into a ‘theme park’ made to resemble a Thai town (such as Hua Hin) as it might have appeared 100 years ago. There are a lot of antique items on display, and there is an old-style open-air cinema at the rear. Lots of small shops and food sellers. This place has been a huge hit with the Thai public, who seem to have a suppressed yearning for the “Good Old Days” (which is the translation of ‘plearnwan’) There usually some music on the weekend day, and on Friday and Saturday night a very competent duo from Bangkok perform in the upstairs pub. Go take a look.

Plearnwan is located on Petchkasem Road at Soi 40, just North of the King’s Palace. Open daily until 10 pm (midnight Friday and Saturday)