In a harmonious celebration on the evening of January 28, 2024, at The Square in front of Bluport Shopping Center, Hua Hin, Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop, former Deputy Prime Minister, presided over the “Bluport Jazz Concert featuring Mr. Igor Butman.” The event aimed to bolster tourism in Hua Hin and commemorate the 125th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Russia.
Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop emphasized the significance of the concert in fostering the longstanding ties between Thailand and Russia. He highlighted the crucial role of tourism in driving economic growth, emphasizing that Hua Hin is a favored destination for Russian travelers. The event served as an excellent opportunity to introduce Russian culture, especially its rich musical heritage, to the Thai audience, promoting mutual understanding.
The concert featured Mr. Igor Butman, a renowned Russian jazz artist and conductor of the Moscow Jazz Orchestra. His quintet, comprising exceptionally talented musicians, showcased Russia’s prowess in jazz. Igor Butman, honored as a National Artist in Russia and recipient of numerous international accolades, mesmerized the audience with a captivating performance.
Adding vibrancy to the event, Dr. Phatarawadee Wongsinprasri, a prominent figure in Thailand’s jazz scene, played a vital role in preserving and passing on musical legacies, especially compositions dedicated to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Her presence highlighted the cultural exchange between Thailand and Russia.
The collaboration between the public and private sectors in organizing this concert exemplifies the synergy needed to harness the soft power of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop expressed optimism about the positive impact such events could have on the local economy and the people.
The Bluport Jazz Concert not only provided a delightful musical experience but also served as a platform for cultural exchange, fostering ties between Thailand and Russia. As the night unfolded with performances by Igor Butman and other esteemed artists, the event left a lasting impression on both Thai and international attendees.