Swedish Ambassador to Thailand Klas Molin delivered the award ”Prix Michael Meschke Award” to the Thai Puppetry Semathai Marionette Arts for Social Foundation on January 10.
The prize is awarded every two years and aims at encouraging the development and innovation of the marionette theatre as an art form. After the ceremony, the ensemble performed the play Don and Makhwit, which was received with pronounced appreciation by the audience. Present at the ceremony were also Professor Michael Meschke and Elisabeth Beijer Meschke, founders of the award.
Semathai Marionette Arts for Social Foundation is one of Thailand’s most beloved puppetries, and takes great care of their young talents. This was clearly visible during the festival “Amphawa Harmony Arts & Puppet Festival”, which took place the very same weekend. The event was organized in collaboration with the Aphawa-Chaipattananurak Foundation, and during the festival the theater’s younger members got the opportunity to attend a workshop where they could learn the ins and outs from experienced professional puppet players.
Source: Embassy of Sweden in Thailand