This weekend in Bangkok, Thailand sees the opening of the city’s first ideas festival organised by River Books (a leading Thai and UK publishing house) and Chakrabongse Villas together with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Museum Siam. I am happy to be invited to take part in a couple of panels, one on What is the ‘New Asia’? and the other on Gentrification: who benefits. Below is the organiser’s introduction.

River Books (a leading Thai and UK publishing house), Chakrabongse VillasBangkok Metropolitan Administration and Museum Siam present the debut of Bangkok Edge Festival, Bangkok’s first ideas festival. The festival, set to be the premier cultural event in the heart of old Bangkok, will offer thought-provoking discussions, stimulating entertainments and lively workshops for people of all ages. It will provide a weekend of literature, film, photography, music, dances, talks, workshops and performances. It will be an outstanding opportunity for audiences to experience high level thought and entertainment, unlike anything that has been available in Bangkok thus far.

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