A royal birthday extravaganza

Mongolian dance. (Photos courtesy of Siam Paragon)

Special cultural performances from around the world will be held at the "Long Live Our Beloved King" event, which starts today and runs until Sunday at the Parc Paragon of Siam Paragon, Rama I.

Held to commemorate the 67th birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua, the event will see some of the finest examples of the rich music and dance heritages from 11 countries: Cambodia, Kazakhstan, China, Japan, Myanmar, Mongolia, Russia, Laos, Spain, Switzerland and Indonesia.

They will take turn to perform on stage from 4pm to 8.30pm throughout the four days. The programme also includes a set of cultural shows from the four regions of Thailand. These are Klong Sabatchai, a drum performance from the North; Phi Ta Khon, a spirit worship show and peacock show from the Northeast; Taree Bu-nga and Norah dances from the South; and the Gold and Silver Flower dance from the central region.

On exhibit will be 10 large-scale acrylic paintings portraying HM the King while on royal duties in many fields covering military, sport, religion, agriculture, education, foreign affairs, social administration, medical and public health and art.

The paintings were created by artist Roengsak Boonyawanichkul and a group of volunteers, both alumni and current students from Silpakorn University.

Members of the public are also invited to join the alms-giving ritual on Friday at 9.45am and the candle-light ceremony on Sunday at 7.19pm.

A traditional dance from Russia. Sazonov V.V.

Ballet from Switzerland. Siam Paragon

There is no admission fee. Call 02-610-8423 or 02-610-8086.