Musical Art Center
The Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center was founded in 1979 to sustain and promote Thai traditional musical and dramatic dance. Although we had to cancel many activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some major events were held virtually as follows:
Sangkeet Saranrom Performances
Sangkeet Saranrom provides opportunities for the general public to watch increasingly rare Thai performing arts, while also giving opportunities to artists, the Faculty of Dance, and young people to showcase their talents. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the events were moved to an online platform, the Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center’s YouTube channel. The performances received 360,568 views, double that of 2020. Most importantly, the audience group with the most views was aged between 25–34 years old. Cultivating the interest of these young people, who are usually more interested in other forms of art, will be positive for the preservation of Thai arts and culture.
Kawee Pakka Thong (Golden Pen Poet) Project
The Kawee Pakka Thong (Golden Pen Poet) project, a workshop celebrating the art of poetry, aims to support and inspire university students to improve their skills and continue writing poetry, realize the value of the Thai language, and understand the rhythm of each type of poetry, namely Klong, Chan, Kap, Klon, and Rai. The project is a collaboration between the Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center and various universities. It is chaired by Mr. Naowarat Phongphaiboon, a national artist in literature, and supported by many experts who specialize in the Thai language, such as Assoc. Prof. Dr. Trisilp Boonkajorn, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Supanee Patthong, Khun Kanokwalee Pojanapakorn, along with national artists and S.E.A Write poets such as Ms. Paiwarin Khao-ngam, Khun Saksiri Meesomsueb, Khun Rewat Panpipat, and Dr. Apichart Damdee, who joined as speakers to help teach participants. In 2021, the Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center organized online activities for students from five institutions, namely Buriram Rajabhat University, Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University, Lampang Rajabhat University, Bansomdetchaopraya Rajabhat University, and Phetchaburi Rajabhat University. Although the event atmosphere was different from the previous ones, which was held in the conference room, it was highly interesting and as in-depth as previous events. In each contest, students submitted more than 300 poems through the Bangkok Bank Musical Art Center Facebook page, resulting in a considerable increase in the number of the page’s followers. Most of the contestants were young people who were interested in Kawee Pakka Thong activities.