THAI SHADOW PUPPET FESTIVAL, Nang Yai Wat Khanon festival (Songkran - April)
Shadow theatre has a long tradition in many countries, but it is in Southeast Asia and Thailand especially where it became high art. The theme of the event will be in retro. There will be local food and market, art showcase from independent artists. In the festival, you will see the load of traditional & contemporary arts such as Nang Yai (the grand shadow play), Khon performance, Hooloo Ligae, human puppet, NungTalung (Shadow Puppet) and etc.
Nang Yai or Thai traditional shadow puppet theatre, the oldest theatrical art in Thailand, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment using opaque, often articulated figures in front of an illuminated backdrop to create the illusion of moving images. Such performance is a combination of dance and puppetry, including songs and chants, reflections, poems about local events or current interest, and hundreds of different distinctive silhouette characters.
Let's discover Thainess through the magic of Nang Yai shadow puppetry.
- Hi-Class Art Performances.
If you love to see the cultural performance in Thailand, you have to go to each destination. But here is your chance to see all of the hi-class performances from all over Thailand. They are coming to show you how beautiful of Thai Art Cultural Performances.
- Nang Yai Wat Khanon National Museum.
Nang Yai Wat Khanon National Museum is situated in a Thai traditional house and preserves the entire set of 313 shadow figures in their complete condition. Most of the figures represent characters from many episodes in the epic story of Ramayana.
- Taste of MON's food.
The festival also serves to satisfy hungry travellers with Mon cuisine, which is rare to find in the way of tourists.
This program will support the young puppeteers and musicians who successfully showed their skills on stage as well as in demonstrating the relevant knowledge such as puppet-making and dance training. you can be encouraged them to keep on with their practising.
Private roundtrip transfer by minivan from Bangkok to the festival
English Speaking Guide