Small Talk

Khun­y­ing Pra­nee Euarchukiati, one of the or­gan­is­ers of an ex­hi­bi­tion that pays trib­ute to Her Majesty the Queen on the oc­ca­sion of her 85th birth­day, talks to Pri­jayanat Kalam­pa­sut

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Khun­y­ing Pra­nee Euarchukiati, mem­ber of the HM Queen Sirikit Park Foun­da­tion com­mit­tee, on the Color of Na­ture ex­hi­bi­tion pay­ing trib­ute to Her Majesty the Queen on the oc­ca­sion of her 85th birth­day

he hm queen sirikit park foun­da­tion, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with 26 other or­gan­i­sa­tions, is cel­e­brat­ing Her Majesty’s birth­day with a Colors of Na­ture ex­po­si­tion high­light­ing the queen’s de­vo­tion to her peo­ple through her devel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal projects. Fea­tur­ing ed­u­ca­tional ex­hi­bi­tions show­cas­ing agri­cul­tural, food and hand­i­craft ini­tia­tives, the event takes place in the botan­i­cal set­ting of the Queen Sirikit Park at Chatuchuk dur­ing Au­gust 9-14. Khun­y­ing Pra­nee Euarchukiati, a mem­ber of the HM Queen Sirikit Park Foun­da­tion com­mit­tee, elu­ci­dates on the event.

What can peo­ple ex­pect from this event?

Our ob­jec­tive is not only to hon­our Her Majesty the Queen but to also cel­e­brate her royal ini­tia­tive projects, her thought­ful­ness and the ef­fort she has put in to pre­serve the coun­try’s nat­u­ral in­her­i­tance and eco-sys­tems over many years. We want vis­i­tors to en­joy and un­der­stand the projects, which in­clude 13 or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, five or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der the Min­istry of the En­vi­ron­ment, Kaset­sart Univer­sity, The Demon­stra­tion Farm Project and a host of other or­gan­i­sa­tions which have adopted guid­ance from the ini­tia­tive projects. Each par­tic­i­pant will ex­hibit their work in the form of in­ter­ac­tive live demon­stra­tions.

What is the high­light of this year’s event?

It is dif­fi­cult to pin­point any one high­light. The event con­sists of so many projects. Each serves a dif­fer­ent pur­pose and so the pre­sen­ta­tions are all quite dif­fer­ent from one an­other. Just to give you a flavour of what peo­ple can ad­mire at the ex­hi­bi­tion: a rare breed of fight­ing fish with tails of unique colours, in­clud­ing the colours of the Thai flag; the first breed of rice that can re­sist salty soil and brack­ish wa­ter; a va­ri­ety of tex­tile prod­ucts such as scarves and blan­kets made from lo­tus fi­bre. There are also agri­cul­tural prod­ucts for sale through a mini mar­ket­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion for farm­ers and a mini agri­cul­ture fair sell­ing plants.

How long does it take to or­gan­ise an event like this and what are some of the chal­lenges?

Not long at all. Each of the par­tic­i­pant or­gan­i­sa­tions has one com­mon ob­jec­tive, which is to in­form and ed­u­cate the pub­lic of HM the Queen’s royal ini­tia­tive projects and her con­cern for her peo­ple for the past 60 years. Also, most of th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions are formed un­der dif­fer­ent min­istries or pub­lic of­fices and have long been par­tic­i­pants in im­ple­ment­ing the royal ini­tia­tive projects. They are al­ways more than happy to join us in demon­strat­ing Her Majesty’s ideas and how they were able to trans­form those ideas into func­tion­ing projects and prod­ucts. All we have to do is pro­vide them with the dates and each year, they are ready and ea­ger to par­tic­i­pate.

How many vis­i­tors do you an­tic­i­pate this year?

On av­er­age we have wel­comed 15,000 vis­i­tors in pre­vi­ous years. This year we ex­pect to re­ceive youth groups that are af­fil­i­ated to the Of­fice of the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (OBEC) and the Bangkok Metropoli­tan Ad­min­is­tra­tion and there will be many school chil­dren mak­ing field trips to this event with their par­ents and teach­ers each day. In ad­di­tion, we hope to wel­come other in­de­pen­dent groups of peo­ple in­ter­ested in learn­ing about HM the Queen’s royal ini­tia­tive projects. It will be a great op­por­tu­nity for those want­ing to shop for a va­ri­ety of won­der­ful agri­cul­tural pro­duce and hand­i­crafts on sale at the event. We ex­pect that vis­i­tor num­bers this year will sur­pass 20,000.

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