Pippi power comes to Bangkok

Children will learn about the famous Swedish character Pippi Longstocking. photo courtesy of Embassy of Sweden

Pippi Longstocking is empowering Thai children during the "Pippi Longstocking Exhibition", which is running at Ikea Bangna until Sunday and at Ikea Bang Yai until Dec 2.

A collaboration with Nanmeebooks and the Embassy of Sweden, the exhibition is to mark the 75th birthday of the world-famous Swedish character who has encouraged countless girls and boys to believe in and stand up for themselves.

The books were penned by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren who was guided by a vision of children growing up confident and happy, respected in their dignity, protected from violence and supported to reach their dreams. This vision has become a guiding reference in Sweden.

The exhibition invites local children to learn who Pippi is and serves as a play area for children to have fun with weekend activities like readings, drawing, competitions and games.

There will also be a workshop on "How To Take Care Of Children Without Violence" conducted in Thai by celebrity Sirinya "Cindy" Bishop, who recently launched My Body My Rules, a book that encourages us to give children an opportunity to learn about their self-evident right to decide over their bodies.

The workshop will take place at Ikea Bangna on Sunday from 2-4pm and again at Ikea Bang Yai on Dec 4 from 10am to noon. To register, visit bit.ly/2IZih11. The exhibition will visit CentralPlaza WestGate from Dec 3-9.

There is no admission fee. Email Varaporn.premsot@gov.se or call 089-894-6583.

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