The British Museum (4th Floor) until 11th January, 2015
Featuring objects from the 18th century to the present, this exhibition shows the variety of religious practices in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand, and how Buddhism, spirit worship, divination and other activities. Admission free. www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions
Monday 5th June, 2014 08:30 - 10:30 at Asia House
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St London, W1G 7LP
ATS Executive committee member, Steve Buckley, will be one of the panelists at a presentation organised by Asia House. The presentation will be delivered by Simon Baptist, Chief Economist and Asia Regional Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit who will give an overview of some of the macro- and micro-economic developments from Asia. Attendees will hear from business leaders whose firms epitomise the Asian Business Champion model, as identified in the recent Connecting Countries report by Telstra Global, Asia House Corporate Partner and global leader in telecoms and information infrastructure services.
The comprehensive presentation will cover the following:
- Growth forecasts for Asia – profiling the fastest growing countries, understanding economic trends
- Insights on the business environment across Asia
- Asia on the horizon – key changes in the political economy between now and 2030
The discussions will be followed by a networking reception.
Mike Weatherley MP, ChaIrman of the recently formed All Party Parliamentary Group for ASEAN, held two meetings recently at the House of Common. ATS Executive members were invited to attend together with representatives from ASEAN London Council (ALC) and a delegation from British Chambers of Commerce from ASEAN Countries:
APPG-ASEAN - Wed 26th March
Meeting with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Head of ASEAN Department Tom Dodd : who gave a brief summary and informative policy for the business investment in ASEAN.
Photo: Mike Weatherley MP in centre, H.E Pasan Teaprak Thai Ambassador, Vietnam Ambassador, Representatives from Indonesia and Philippines , Orapin Dawson and Ekachai Thapthimthong from ATS
APPG-ASEAN - Tue 1st April
Meeting with a delegation of representatives from the British Chambers of Commerce BiSEA group (Britain in South East Asia) : Greg Watkins, Director was a key speaker. There were several BCC ASEAN members from Singapore, Indonesia, Burma, Philippines, Thailand etc.
Photo: APPG-BiASEAN meeting & reception : BCC Thai Team from left : Barry Nicholson BCCT/UKTI, Ben Raby UKTI Thailand, Orapin Dawson Chair ATS, Mike Weatherley MP Chairman APPG, Andrew McBean, BCCT and Nutthapol Na Sonhgkhla First Secretary Royal Thai Embassy.
The discussion on how to promote BiASEAN more effectively went very well with several input from various BCC countries. It was agreed that APPG will host the Launch event at the House of Common during the week commencing 23rd June 2104 (more details to follow). We were then all invited to have a pint & light lunch at the House of Common Terrace. Representatives from ATS were, Orapin Dawson, Steve Buckley and Greg Watkins.
Sonkran Festival - Sunday 13th April, 2014 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
14 Calonne Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5HJ
Wat Buddhapadipa is unique in Europe. The only Thai temple in the UK purposely built in the Thai architectural style and a perfect place to celebrate Songkran in London. The programme of events includes the chance to make offerings to monks and enjoy Thai food and cultural performances on stage.
Free entry, all welcome.
The History of Songkran
Songkran festival takes place in cities and villages across Thailand from the 13th – 15th April each year and is a water filled, fun packed national event that commemorates the important role of water in Thai social, cultural and spiritual life. Songkran is celebrated during the peak of the summer heat wave in Thailand and traditional festivities include the bathing of Buddha images carried out at temples and homes across the country and children sprinkle water on their elders to pay respect. More modern celebrations have developed into large scale water fights from gardens and parks to busy streets and even from tuk-tuks as you make your way about. Visitors to Thailand are encouraged, and very welcome, to join in the fun with locals so if you are travelling to Thailand in April be sure to get involved and be prepared to get soaked!
Calendar of Events
Tues. November 18th 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Educational Awards Presentation at The Office of Educational Affairs, The Royal Thai Embassy, 28 Prince's Gate, London SW7 1PT
Sun. November 23rd
Fri. 12th December