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The International Cultural Festival: The Royal Patronage from the Mountains to the Seas, 5 May 2010

A visitor is looking at paintings of the Royal visits to indigenous communities in Thailand

Various booths with diversity of local goods— a smile of Mon woman indicates happiness to meet and exchange friendliness with people

An indigenous girl is performing an exquisite artistic dance with her teammates on the stage

Feel various indigenous lifestyles and try local dishes in the heart of Bangkok

Karen women are demonstrating their indigenous crafts—every thread in every stitch, they sew with spirit

An indigenous man is demonstrating how to play a local instrument which is made from wood and recycled plastic bottle

Sincerely grinning, a girl is showing a local drum to the crowd

A man is showing a local play, Wing Kaa Tok Tek, by walking on the bamboo walking stick

The relax corner of the festival—a boy is having fun with the Akha swing called Lafceuq biq-eu

Interns at the UNESCO’s booth are distributing information about the ethnic groups and education for the festival visitors

©UNESCO/R.Manowalailao and C.Ruangpakdee

On the occasion of the Coronation Day on 5th May 2010, “The International Cultural Festival: the Royal Patronage from the Mountains to the Seas” was organized at Thailand Cultural Center during 1-5 May 2010 in honour for H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s endeavor for all diverse indigenous groups across the nation. Meanwhile, it also celebrated the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development as in the slogan, “Embrace diversity, End discrimination” focusing on non-discrimination, to promote the United Nations Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People and the rights of indigenous people among public.

Over 20 indigenous groups from Thailand and overseas together with representatives from UNESCO Bangkok participated in the festival. Various activities including a panel discussion on “International Instruments for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Knowledge, and Intangible Cultural Heritage” presided by Timothy Curtis, Chief of Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok. Another highlight during the International Culture Festival was a panel discussion on “Reminiscence of the Royal Visits” – with the ethnic group leaders from 23 ethnic groups in Thailand.

The photos above show various activities taking place at the festival.


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