16th May 2017 at 14.00 – 18.00 hrs.

At Grand Hall, River City Bangkok 


The 3rd Bangkok River Exchange Forum – Cities of Culture is a collaboration between British Council (Thailand), Bangkok River Partners, British Embassy, British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and River City Bangkok. 

Art exhibitions and theatrical performance, concerts and festivals, craft markets and literary talks are significant drivers of any city’s cultural scene, and by extension the locals’ quality of life and the tourism industry. In that mix, music especially holds a certain positive power in the making of a city. The Cities of Culture Exchange is an opportunity to share experiences of the music-driven economy in Liverpool and Bangkok.

The Forum invited a cultural expert from the UK, Claire McColgan, Director of Culture, Liverpool City, to speak about Liverpool’s experience, as a European Capital of Culture, in utilising creativity and cultural programming to drive an economy and create better livelihoods and employment opportunities for the local people while improving on tourism. 

To echo on the theme and to explore Bangkok’s potential as a city of culture, we also invited Mr. Pranithan Phornprapha, Founder of Wonderfruit Festival, and Mr. Piyaphong Muenprasertdee, Founder of the Bangkok Music City initiative, to speak about their experience in investing in Bangkok’s cultural capital to drive the city forward.