A Thai dance and music group recently returned from a tour of Norway under the leadership of Norwegian missionary Dag Johannessen. After two weeks of performances in Norway, they return to Thailand on June 30, 2002.
“We have been rehearsing intensively for the last two months and I’m now confident that what we are ging to show in Norway will represent Thailand and Thai culture in a good way,” Dag Johannesen said prior to their departure from Bangkok with SAS.
In Oslo, the students met with Thailand’s Ambassador to Norway, H.E. Khun Thakur. For some of the students, getting permission to abstain from school for week had turned out to be very difficult, until finally a letter from Thailand’s Ambassador to Norway, Khun Thakur impressed the headmaster enough to allow them to go.
The group’s contact in Oslo is Oyvind Refvik (e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org) who has helped put the interesting program together and even managed to get permission for the group to perform outside the Norwegian parliament “Stortinget” in Carl Johan Street on Saturday 15 June, the day after their arrival at Gardemoen airport.
From Oslo, the round trip went to Sinsen, Bergen, Karmoy, Skjold, Stavanger, Bryne, Riska, Apta, Tvedestrand, and Skien, before returning to Oslo for their flight home.
Some of the students and their families had managed to finance the air ticket themselves. Others had been sponsored by the Norwegian Peace Corps and some had been supported by the Norwegian missionary society.