Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Royal Thai Embassy to Host 4th Thai Village

From our friends at the Royal Thai Embassy...

Annual Festival Celebrates Culture with Thai Cuisine, Art and Culture

The Royal Thai Embassy is pleased to announce the fourth annual popular Thai cultural event, Thai Village, on Saturday, July 19th at Grace Church (1041 Wisconsin Ave NW) across from the Thai Embassy in Georgetown. It takes place from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and is open to the public.

The celebration of Thailand's traditions and people will feature food from several of DC's best Thai restaurants, musical performances, art exhibitions, food demonstrations and traditional Thai massage.

"The Thai embassy is pleased to organize this signature event with the aim of promoting greater cultural exchange and understanding between the peoples of Thailand and the United States," said Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi. "It is an honor to share our culture, heritage and traditions with our neighbors in the Washington DC community."

Thai restaurants participating in the festival include: Bangkok Garden, Thai Tanic, DC Noodles, Asia Nine, DC Thai, Tara Temple, and Zaab Thai.

Visitors at the Thai Village will have a variety of entertainment options. Thai Artists Alliance (TAA) has arranged for prominent Thai artists from across the country to showcase their talents on various stages. A live Thai painter will be at work on a canvas throughout the event, while performances of modern and classical Thai dancing will be accompanied by jazz musicians at a central stage.

Thai food, beverage and entertainment will be complemented by a designated relaxing area to unwind and experience traditional Thai massage, by professionals from Thai Wellness Center and Origins Thai Spa. This massage is performed over loose-fitting clothing, and is gratis.

The daylong festival, which aims to promote greater cultural exchange and understanding between the peoples of Thailand and the United States, will also benefit a cause that has great importance to Ambassador Isarabhakdi. A portion of the proceeds generated by event will be donated to charities helping human trafficking victims in Thailand.

About the Royal Thai Embassy:
The Royal Thai Embassy in Washington began its operation in 1901 as the Legation of Siam (then the official name of Thailand) with Minister Plenipotentiary as Chief of Mission. Its first office was located in Arlington, Virginia, before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1913.