The “Indigenous Languages Film Festival” was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 27 September with great success at the “Cinema Oasis”.
This event, framed in the “Year of Indigenous Languages Film Fest 2019”, was organized by the Embassies of Peru, Colombia and Mexico with the support of the Regional Office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) based in Bangkok.
The Embassy of Peru presented the Quechua language film "The Eyes of the Journey" by the Peruvian director Rodrigo Otero Heraud.
The heads of diplomatic mission of the three countries and a high representative of UNESCO participated in the opening ceremony. The Ambassador of Peru highlighted the extensive program of activities that have been developed in Peru in the framework of the “Year of Indigenous Languages”, including a Latin American Seminar being held in the city of Cusco on the same date as the festival in Bangkok, in order to raise awareness about the threats that indigenous languages face and the need to preserve, revitalize and promote them throughout the world. He also highlighted the growing number of films in indigenous languages that have been produced in Peru, including Wiñaypacha (aymara) and Retablo (Quechua).
Among the attendees were members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Thailand, specialists in the field who have been attending the “Inclusion, Mobility and Multilingual Education Inclusion, Mobility and Multilingual Education Conference”, organized in Bangkok (September 24-27) by the United Nations Fund for the Children (UNICEF), UNESCO and the British Council. Thai film enthusiasts, young students and language teachers from different universities and institutions also attended.
Bangkok, September 27, 2019
On the morning of September 19, the Ambassador of Peru in Thailand paid a visit out of courtesy to the President of the National Assembly of Thailand and President (speaker) of the House of Representatives, Mr. Chuan Leekpai, historical leader of the Democratic Party and former Prime Minister of Thailand during two terms. Mr. Leekpai assumed his current duties on May 28, 2019, after the March democratic elections in Thailand.
The President of the Thai legislative power expressed his great appreciation for Peru and reflected over his memories of the visit he made to Peru in 1999, whilst he was Prime Minister of Thailand. On that occasion, among many other activities, he received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the National University of San Marcos. Mr. Leekpai pointed out that, despite the great geographical distance between Thailand and Peru, both countries have many coincidences in their respective millenary pasts as well as in their economic policies and development processes. In this framework, he stressed the importance of continuing to strengthen bilateral cooperation and regional dialogue between Southeast Asia and Latin America.
The Ambassador of Peru highlighted the status of “strategic partners” that both countries have afforded to each other with the intention of becoming gateways to Latin America and Southeast Asia, respectively. He also pointed out to the growing bilateral trade, including in Super Foods from Peru, which are much appreciated in Thailand. He mentioned the co-operation ties in areas such as alternative development, community-based tourism, start-ups, among others. He also highlighted the collaborative work that ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance have been doing for some years.
In this context, both high representatives highlighted the important contribution of the Thailand – Peru Parliamentary Friendship League to reinforcing bilateral links. Mr. Leekpai reported that the Thai members of that League had integrated recently.
Bangkok, September 19, 2019
On Friday, September 6, 2019, the Ambassadors of the Latin American countries accredited in Thailand (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Panama and Peru) presented awards to the best students graduated in Spanish major from Chulalongkorn University, during the 2018/2019 academic year.
The Ambassador of Peru delivered two publications to the student who obtained the highest score in the four years of studies to obtain the Bachelor of Arts, with the specialty of Spanish Language. The gifted books were "The Salt of the Hills, residence and utopia in the Peruvian Amazon" of the Peruvian anthropologist Stefano Varese, and "Poetic Anthology of César Vallejo", publication of the Embassy of Peru in Thailand that brings together the best poems of the writer from Trujillo, Peru, in Thai and Spanish languages.
Bangkok, September 9, 2019.
On Wednesday, September 4, the Ambassador of Peru in Thailand paid a courtesy visit to the new Minister of Culture of Thailand, Mr. Itthiphol Kunplome, when they discussed the bilateral agenda and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of culture and arts.
Among other matters, the Minister and the Ambassador, accompanied by their respective teams, discussed cooperation in museology, indigenous languages, protection of cultural property, participation in book fairs, music, film and dance festivals, photographic exhibitions, painting, among others.
Both recalled that, in 2020, Thailand and Peru will celebrate 55 years of diplomatic relations and that this will be an auspicious occasion for major cultural events in both countries. They also highlighted the mandate to carry out activities that promote the “person-to-person” contacts agreed in the Joint Work Plan between the ten ASEAN countries and the four of the Pacific Alliance.
Bangkok, September 5, 2019
The Embassy of Peru in Thailand participated in the launching of the mobile application “Discover Latin America”, an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. This application, in Thai language, aims to disseminate knowledge and to promote the Latin American region.
The launching ceremony, held at the shopping mall “Siam Center” in Bangkok, was attended by representatives of all the Latin American embassies accredited in Thailand (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Panama and Peru), officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a large number of Thai citizens interested in Latin America. The event also featured the participation of travel bloggers, singers, TV presenters, among other Thai celebrities.
The main address was given by the Deputy Director-General of Department of America and South Pacific Affairs, Mr. Pirawat Atsavapranee. As a part of the event, the embassies had a space for the promotion of their countries with informative material in the fields of tourism, commercial and investment. In addition, there were performers dressed in typical costumes.
The “Discover Latin America” application contains basic information on all the countries of that region, tourist attractions, national holidays, as well as economic and commercial statistics of interest to the Thai public.
Bangkok, September 3, 2019