August 21, 2019

14th Thai Grand Festival in The Hague

“Sustainability, Design and Innovation”

In the picture H.E. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Ambassador of Thailand with participants. 

The 14th edition of the Thailand Grand Festival NL (TGF) in The Hague, organized by the Royal Thai Embassy in cooperation with Diplomat Magazine, took place at Plein Den Haag on 13th and 14th July 2019.

The festival was inaugurated by Thai Ambassador H.E. Eksiri Pintaruchi and was followed by a reception.

The Royal Thai Embassy also celebrated two other events, one was  the 415th anniversary of Thai-Dutch relations and the other was the ASEAN Cultural Year 2019.

This year’s theme of the Thailand Grand Festival was “Sustainability, Design and Innovation”

In addition to Thai food, crafts and cultural performances to be enjoyed, this year’s event aimed at showcasing Thailand’s future driven initiatives with global environmental awareness as a part of the ASEAN community. In order to highlight sustainable and innovative aspects of Thailand, the Embassy had exhibitions organized to feature products and initiatives of Thai companies and entrepreneurs related to these domains.

2019 Thai Grand Festival in The Hague.

Alongside many of the acts featured on the program were the Thai and ASEAN dance and music performances. Another group from the Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture of Thailand put on a well-received performance. Notably was the contribution by the performing art company Viva ASEAN which is made up of artists from the ten ASEAN member states. Among the pieces performed were the All Roots Lead to One (unity) Ramayana, Bamboo and Coconut-shell Rhythmic Dance as well as other pieces.

Viva ASEAN also performed in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen on 8th July 2019.

Apart from the Thai diaspora, visitors at the festival came from all sections of society including the friends of Thailand, expats, diplomats and government representatives. Some have been attending the festival for several years.

Besides Diplomat Magazine, partners of the festival include:

  • Team Thailand Offices
  • Thai Community in NL
  • ASEAN Committee in The Hague
  • Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture of Thailand (Performers)
  • Viva ASEAN performers from 10 ASEAN countries
  • “Here and There” creative group for their design exhibition at our spotlight dome.
  • Long list of Thai products and craftmanship producers that were displayed at our spotlight dome.

Ambassadors attending the Thai Grand Festival in The Hague 2019.

The two day festival was by all means a dazzling success, even the favorable weather seemed to have cooperated in contributing to the overall enjoyment of the occasion. 

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