01 Mar

Experience Thailand

Venue : Bangkok art and culture centre
Date : 01-03-2019
Time : 12:00 AM
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Date(s) - 01/03/2019 - 17/03/2019
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Bangkok art and culture centre

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Opening of the charity photo exhibition “Experience Thailand” at the Weltmuseum Wien – world premiere with the Vienna Boys Choir

• Thailand, where the eye can see: The Weltmuseum Wien and the charity organization CARE Österreich invited to the vernissage of the charity photo show “Experience Thailand” by photographer Alexander von Wiedenbeck.

• A world premiere took place on the evening: The Vienna Boys Choir sang for the first time the song “Falling Rain” by the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who composed more than 40 songs throughout his life.

The photographs of the photographer Alexander von Wiedenbeck not only provide a strong visual insight into the work of CARE in Thailand, but also invite you on a journey to a more unknown Thailand: Because with the popular holiday destination Thailand we connect in the first place sun, beach and sea. But over 1.5 million Myanmar migrants live in Thailand. More than half of them have no legal status and their children can not be taught in their mother tongue. Sooner or later, many will become victims of forced labor or human trafficking. CARE therefore offers school lessons for refugee children to enable a way out of exclusion and suffering.

Sabine Haag, Director General of the KHM Museum Association, opened the photo exhibition together with CARE Austria Managing Director Andrea Barschdorf Hager. Sabine Haag, who has been working with CARE for many years, was together with the aid organization in Thailand this year:

“It was a great pleasure to experience CARE’s work on the ground this year: about an hour from the bustling capital of Bangkok, 6-15 year-olds receive one of the most valuable basic equipment for life imaginable: a comprehensive one , education adapted to the specific life situation. The institution funded by CARE is a great stroke of luck! The girls and boys are taught in their mother tongue, learn Thai and English, there are cooking classes, they eat together and playfully acquire social skills. In the evening, they return to their Myanmar immigrant parents, most of whom work in the Thai fishing industry.”

Andrea Barschorf-Hager, Managing Director of CARE Austria: “The work of CARE in Thailand is aimed particularly at strengthening women and girls. They are the key to the way out of poverty. We know from our daily work that Thailand is not just a beautiful holiday paradise. This other side of Thailand, which helps to complete our picture of the country, skillfully brought Alexander von Wiedenbeck in front of the lens. ”

The photo exhibition will be open to the public from 6 December 2018 until 27 February 2019 at the Weltmuseum Wien. It is presented with the kind support of Wien Mitte-The Mall, Millennium City and CC Real.