CMU Creative Lanna and PSU Langkasuka heritage shine at Russian Creative Week, Moscow Fest

13 July 2023

Corporate Communication and Alumni Relations Center (CCARC)

CMU and Prince of Songkla University (PSU), on behalf of the CUPT International Mission Committee, attended the Russian Creative Week, Moscow Fest at the Thai Pavilion in Gorky Park, Moscow, between July 5 – 9, 2023. Dr Arinya Pongwat, Director of CMU Corporate Communication and Alumni Relations Centre (CCARC), and Mr Phithak Thanabut, general officer at the Centre for the Promotion of Art Culture and Creative Lanna, were the CMU representatives at the event.

CMU and PSU presented contemporary arts and products developed based on local cultures. CMU showcased the Lanna culture through Gluta gum-treated wooden crafts, Mueang Kung pottery, Tho Saeng fluorescent textiles based on the idea ‘From Local Wisdom to Global Living’, while PSU’s take on the Langkasuka heritage included Batik textiles and ways of life such as the Kolae boat, the Wau Bulan kite, Nang Talung puppetry, amulets, bird cages and wickerwork.

The Thai Pavilion was organised by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of the City of Moscow and the Creative Industries Agency (CIA). The Royal Thai Embassy, Moscow, the Creative Economy Agency (CEA) and JM Create&Connect Global Agency (JMCC) held exhibitions showing the Thai creative industries’ direction of growth in the areas of textiles, fashion, accessories, handicrafts, ceramics, education, film and video games, as well as crafts that blended traditional cultures and wisdom with contemporary art.

HE Mr Sasiwat Wongsinsawat, Ambassador of Thailand to the Russian Federation, stated that ‘Russia and Thailand have a long-standing friendship with mutual respect and understanding. The Thai Pavilion at this event is a milestone of our relations in the creative industry sector, reflecting the potential and collaboration between the two countries. Russia is our trusted ally in the advancement for the benefit of the Thai and Russian people. I’m certain that visitors at our Pavilion will be impressed by the works of Thai creators who have combined traditional arts and crafts with contemporary ones, leading to concrete development in product innovation.’