Text and Photos: Stefano Romano
From 20 to 22 June, the National Agency of Thai Tourism and the Embassy of Thailand in Rome, show the beauty of the Thai culture, through traditional Food and Art, at EATALY in Rome.
The Festival hosted the “Kana Hunkon Hua Chiew” Dance Group, from the Chalemprakiet University, an University of Medicine, which members of the dance group have studied at the Academy of Dramatic Art.
They showed some traditional dance during the morning and the afternoon, following the two big waves of Dance in Thailand: the khon (usually performed by men) and lakhon (performed by women).
First dance is called: “The Human Puppet Drum Dance”, inspired by the dance of the actor Joe Lowis, but in this case the dancers used a real woman and not a puppet.
Then the “Serng-kapo”, an happy dance paced by the hammering of coconuts.
It could not miss the performance of the Ancient Boxing of Muay Thai.
In the afternoon, the first dance and Muay Thai was the same but the second dance was “The creation of Srivichai”, influenced by Javanese tradition and Bali.
The both two session of dance was ended by a summarizing “Amazing Thailand Dance”
The Festival has showed also the Art of the engraving of fruits, by the artist Tudtuu. This art is considered one of the ten ancient crafts of Thailand, it goes back to the 1364, from dinasty of Sukhothai.
The Art of painting of handmade umbrella, by the artist from Chiang Mai: Pi Noi (Pattana Chomntaweevirut).
The traditional Thai massage by Nittaya and Juckpat from the SPA Rarinjinda Wellness Spa Resort in Thailand.
And the cooking demonstration of traditional food with the chef Toss Tassayan Sri-ampai, from the Embassy of Thailand, with help of the “Thai Kitchen to the world Royal Thai Embassy”.
In the morning Festival hosted also a cooking lesson from Thai chef for Italians.
As an adjunct, many stand of traditional handcrafts, dress, foods, touristic info.
Three days to know the Thai culture in Rome.”