Celebrating Women in Performing Arts

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 6:30 PM
Goethe Institut Thailand



The performing arts have a long history intertwined with culture, tradition and storytelling. An expressive art form, performance has been used to transcend politics, bridge cultural divides, connect strangers and depict history. Performance has a power like nothing else and when wielded skilfully can evoke emotional reactions, trigger memories and create unforgettable experiences. Whether it’s through poem or song, drama or dance, the performing arts have a life of their own, as do those who bring the magic to our stages.


Online Tickets 22 November 2017 500 THB
Pay at the Door 22 November 2017 650 THB


For AKIN ASIA’s final event in the Celebrating Women series of 2017 – we would like to transport you behind the scenes of the performing arts industry. This event will begin with a small performance showcase from some of Bangkok’s leading poets, dancers, and singers followed by an in depth discussion with the artists on what happens behind the curtain.

We will hear from the experience of Aarti Saikia, Jennifer Lackgren, Adjjima Na Patalung, and Duangpon Pongphasuk (Pui). The post performance discussion will be led by Catherine Napalai Faulder.

This event is open to anyone! Men are encouraged to attend and we welcome your input into the discussion! Ticket includes a welcome drink and limited snacks and due to limited capacity we recommend booking fast as we expect this event to sell out.

PLEASE NOTE: due to the nature of this performance focussed event, latecomers will not be admitted and will need to wait until until the performance has finished. Please ensure you arrive on time!

Problems securing tickets? Email info@akinasia.com


Aarti Saikia is a Creative Expressionist from India. A multifaceted professional – Poet, Dancer, Visual and Performance Artist – who passionately endeavors to work towards Sustainable and Innovative Creative Arts. Aarti’s artistic journey spans over three decades. She has trained in several dance styles including classical Indian, classical ballet, Spanish flamenco and contemporary choreography. She has embraced poetry as a stylised form of creative expression. Aarti has a Masters Degree in Political Science, and a Post Graduate Diploma specialisation in Human Rights, International Humanitarian and Refugee Laws. She started her professional career leading the Women’s Development Programme in leprosy colonies in Delhi, India. Aarti has been a Sustainable Livelihoods and Social Development professional at the United Nations (UNHCR in India and FAO in Rome). She is the Creative Director of an international theatre production “SoulVilla”, that integrates original and improvised spoken words, rhythm, music and dance. SoulVilla has staged two successful cultural shows at the Alliance Francaise auditorium in Bangkok, in January and April 2017. Aarti actively engages in bringing expressive poetry, creative dance and music to children, both able and differently abled. In addition, Aarti is a charcoal pencil artist. She creates and designs progressive art sessions for children and adults by integrating mindful healing through the creative process.


Jennifer Lackgren is a Thai/Swedish singer songwriter based out of Bangkok. Over the past 3 years Jennifer and her band Jenny & The Scallywags have worked to redefine what is possible as an English language act in Thailand and show that there can be a clear path from being a cover band to being a successful original band. Jennifer first came to the attention of mainstream media when she appeared on The Voice Thailand Season 2 and then once again when she and her band won the regional competition Project Aloft Star Amplified by MTV.  Jennifer and her band have since gone on to release an EP and full album and have also collaborated with other indie artists, including co-creating a track with local household name Singto Numchok and featuring on songs by Thai artist Phum Viphurit and Australian artist Gabriel Lynch. Jennifer has performed on festival stages such as WonderfruitCat Expo and Gypsy Carnival and toured the region to countries such as Malaysia, China and Vietnam –  with upcoming shows in Australia. Jenny and the Scallywags latest album “Shaking Heart” is digitally distributed by Warner Music Thailand but the band is still fully independent. For this reason not only is Jennifer the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the band but she has also had to fill the role of co-producer, band manager, booking agent, event organizer, social media manager and more.


Adjjima Na Patalung is a theatre director and producer splitting her time living and working in Bangkok and London. Her productions, “The Chairs” and “Boxes” won awards from the International Association of Theatre Critics Thailand. She founded Arts on Location in 2008 to support her increasingly growing work within the areas of intercultural exchanges and international mobility in theatre through producing new creation and advanced theatre workshops in London and Bangkok involving international artists from Europe and US, working in partnership with various organisations. She is also a member of Asian Theatre for Young Audience Network. Arts on Location works in collaboration with Democracy Theatre Studio to organise the biennial Bangkok International Children’s Theatre Festival (BICT Fest), for which Adjjima is taking the role of Festival Director. The first BICT Fest 2016 took place at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), and hosted award winnings performances from 6 countries. The next BICT Fest will take place from May 15th to 27th, 2018.


Duangpon Pongphasuk (Pui) is establishing herself as a respected performer, composer, teacher and artistic thinker with a distinct and genuine musical personality. Pui is an independent artist, voice teacher, choir member of Suanplu Chorus, and professional singer since 2003. She has become very recognised for her role in Session 1 of The Voice Thailand. Pui has also been the lead singer for The Sound of Siam Band, Disney Cartoon “Tinkerbell 2” (Thai version), “Kan Kluay 1” animation and “Nu Hin”. She’s also been the lead singer in many TV series such as, Luke Taad, Seu (Tiger), Sipandin, and Moe-Dok-Rak-Baan. Her albums and singles consist of: “SOS The Sound of Siam  1&2”, “Nostalgia”, “Bangkok Acoustic”, “SiPanDin” and “OhRak”. Pui has been a voice Instructor at Bansomdej Chaobhraya University (BSRU), KPN Music Academy, Pink Pony Club, and continues to be a private voice tutor. She has performed on tour in more than 15 countries in 2 years with “The Sound of Siam Band” and also as a lead actress in Pra Mahachanok, a musical stage show. Additionally she performed in a gala exhibition performance celebrating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne in 2006. Pui holds a Master’s Degree of Performing Arts, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University and a Diploma in Classical Singing, International Sommerakademie, Universiteit  Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University.