The Elephant Caravan, Laos
27 October - 17 December 2015
A team of 12 elephants will walk about 630 km across Xayaboury and Luang Prabang provinces, passing through elephant populated areas and cultural sites and disseminating both environmental education material and art performances in towns and villages. The caravan is not a tourist event rather, it invites groups of local people, scientists, conservationists and media outfits to walk with the elephants, to catch their pace, their grace, and their space which intends to educate, inspire, and be as attention-getting as it can. For more information about the caravan, visit their website www.theelephantcaravan.org.
Art Exhibit: Stroke of a Pen, Laos
1-31 December 2015 - Riverside Boutique Resort, Vang Vieng
A Mick Saylom's solo exhibit, head of painting department at the National Institute of Fine Arts, Vientiane, of his new masterpieces which aim to bring nostalgia from the traditional lives and bring good memories from the modern culture of Lao people living in the countryside. This exhibit is organized and funded by Stéphane Vigié, an art enthusiast and co-owner of Riverside Boutique Resort in Vang Vieng. The Stroke of a Pen is the exhibit's title which is also the initial medium of Mick's artworks which are blended with watercolor elements that underline the contrast between the colorful beauty of Lao nature and the monotony of the day-to day lives of farmers, fishermen, ethnic groups, and the local people residing in the remote villages around Laos. The exhibit will be opened on Friday, November 20, 8 in the evening at Maison de la Culture at Ban Naxay in Vientiane.
Mui Ne Music & Arts Festival, Mui Ne, Vietnam
4 - 6 December 2015
The best artists from different disciplines in Vietnam will collaborate to form an extra special 3-day event to appreciate, enjoy, experience and share art in various forms. Live music, dance performances and live art creation are the main activities of the event at the Mui Ne hillside. This is also a great for art enthusiasts to meet and greet their favorite artists. For tickets and more info, check their website @ https://ticketbox.vn/event/mui-ne-music-and-arts-festival-50650
Luang Prabang Film Festival, Luang Prabang, Laos
5- 9 December 2015
It’s that time of the year when the annual LPFF shows itself. The festival, which celebrates the cultural diversity of Southeast Asia by showcasing cinema of the regions, will screen 30 full-length various films from ASEAN countries, including five entries from Laos. In keeping with the vision of taking cinema to the people, entry to all screenings is free. Visit www.lpfilmfest.org for more information about movie screening schedules and the LPFF.
ZookOut, Sentosa, Singapore
11-12 December 2015
Sway from sunset to sunrise at the party of the year! Lose yourself at the mega dance music festival as international musicians come to celebrate ZookOut. DJ Afrojack, Avicii, Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk, Masters at Work, Sven Vath, David Guetta and Carl Cox are some of the big names who graced the previous’ years ZookOut, this year, more big artists will be joining the fun. This dance music extravaganza is Asia’s biggest and ultimate dance party and music bash on Silosa Beach, Sentosa. Aside from dance and music, wide array of drinks are served. Visit www.zookout.com to book you tickets in advance and receive special discounts.
Hmong New Year, Nationwide Laos
13 December 2015
The Hmong New Year celebrations feature colourful displays of traditional costumes in green, red and white silk with ornate silver jewellery. Music is played with traditional Hmong instruments; the teun (flute), Hmong-style khaen pipe and leaf blowing. Other festivities include the makkhon (cotton-ball) throwing ceremony, ox fighting, top-spinning competitions and crossbow demonstrations.
Giant Lantern Festival, Pampanga, Philippines
19 December 2015
Almost a week before the Christmas eve, San Fernando, Pampanga, known as the Christmas Capital of the Philippines is again to hold its annual dazzling festival of giant lanterns. The event parades different designs of the whopping Filipino Christmas symbols, that are beautifully and skillfully handcrafted by the locals of the town. Aside from this, wide variety of tasty traditional Filipino Christmas snacks are sold along the streets.
Hello Kitty Go Around, Malaysia
19 December 2015 - 19 January 2016
To all the pink kitty fans, the Hello Kitty Go Around (HKGA) is to set up its carnival in Malaysia after Hong Kong last year. This is the first time for Malaysia to host the HKGA after over 40years of Hello Kitty melting the hearts of millions of people around the world with her adorable smiles and waves. This month-long event caters both the young and the young at hearts; the carnival will set-up booths and areas for Hello Kitty’s historical artworks, lovely photo ops, classic HK games, creative workshops, cafes, music and theater performances and of course, Hello Kitty souvenirs!
That Inghang Festival, Savannakhet, Laos
This festival is held on the grounds of the splendid That Inhang stupa, located just outside the city of Savannakhet. An international trade fair will include products from Laos, Thailand and Vietnam and performances of traditional music and dance from these three countries. The fair will also include a sports competition, complete with football, boxing and tennis matches and local traditions like drums competition.
Mini Vientianale Short Film Competition, Nationwide Laos
Call for entries for 2016
The Vientianale International Film Festival is now open for submission of entries for the annual short film competition in Laos. The competition is open to anyone currently living in Laos, regardless or nationality and level of filmmaking experience. Unlike the previous years, this year’s competition has no theme, so let your imagination take you farther and wilder. This competition aims to promote filmmaking in Laos. For further details and information about the competition’s criteria visit their website at www.vientianale.org