Thailand Grand Festival at the Darwin Waterfront

The Darwin Waterfront will be bursting with Thai culture tomorrow evening from 4pm to 10pm with the Thailand Grand Festival.

The event will feature Thai food, cultural shows, dance performances, parades, music, Thai massages, children’s entertainment and more.

A spectacular Thai parade will open the event with a rainbow of traditional costumes and dance. The procession will start in Mitchell Street and lead into Raintree Park and then regroup at the Darwin Waterfront. For the first time, this year’s parade will include traditional long drum performances (ram klong-yao).

The Grand Festival is planned around the timing of Thailand’s Songkran festival, which is one of Thailand’s biggest celebrations for the Thai New Year.

“A big part of the Songkran festival is throwing water, which symbolises cleansing and renewal as we welcome in the Thai New Year with a fresh start,” Tou Saramat Ruchkaew, President of the NT Thai Association said.

“There will be a traditional water pouring ceremony onto Buddha, and water pistols and water bottles will be sold at the event so that everyone can get involved and throw water which will bring blessings and good luck.”

“The festival is our opportunity to share our vibrant and unique culture with the Darwin community. It also helps to keep our traditions alive, particularly with our younger generations.”

A 24 strong troupe of international Thai dancers, along with national and local performers, will showcase the best of Thai entertainment throughout the evening.

Festival-goers can indulge in the authentic Thai cuisine along the Bangkok style ‘eat street’ with offerings including delicious paw paw salads, laksas, fresh fruit juices, pad thai, satay dishes, curry rice and noodle dishes, a seafood barbeque and Thai desserts from local stall holders and Thai restaurants.

There will be a lucky draw on the night, with the first prize winner receiving return airfares for two people from Darwin to Thailand thanks to SilkAir. The second prize winners will receive a two night stay at Hilton Darwin. To buy a ticket contact NT Thai Association on Facebook page.

This event receives funding from the Northern Territory Government’s Community Benefit Fund (Major Community Events Grants) which funds a range of community initiatives including tourist-attracting festivals in Central Australia and the Top End that support the NT economy.

For more information follow ‘Thailand Grand Festival NT’ on Facebook.

Media contact:

Nong Kamontip, NT Thai Association, mobile: 0490 821 771

Britta Decker, Agentur Events, mobile: 0417 875 901

Paola McCarthy, Events and Marketing Manager, Darwin Waterfront Corporation, mobile: 0437 621 433

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