The SCRATCH FIRST team curated local clothing designers and award winning chefs for the markets to support the richness of Bangkok. The lineup was a healthy representation of native artists such as the jammy All Thidsa Band and international hybrid bands like Bangkok New Quartet and Junun Featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express. Well renowned UK DJs like Norman Jay Mbe and YokoO kept the grooves going with a festival staple: house music. Ladyboys and dragon dance costumes celebrated the native culture. The festival also had an ecological mindfulness, a borrowed concept that is thankfully growing in popularity at Western festivals. Utilizing the opportunity of this likeminded community being together, they scheduled in talks about environmental causes and artists that create with recycled materials. Overall, the festival looked, felt, and tasted like a more vivacious and multi-cultural home away from home.
As we followed the music across the festival grounds, pops of Thailand temple-like colors brightened up the natural earth, capturing our attention.
Vibrant hues of the oriental rugs in cozy, shaded sanctuaries to the painted Dancing Muntjacs art structure by Joel Stockdill added local cultural flavor. The ornate stage designs to the beautiful Wonder Kar art car that paraded around the grounds, (a brainchild of Wonderfruit’s creative designer Adam Pollina), all dazzled in our eyes. Art structures candy coated the dry land in all the right areas – just when you thought you found the best chill-out cove, you could see another intriguing area sparkling in the distance. No detail was overlooked as shade structures housed antique furniture and matching seat cushions, making mini five-star resorts along your path to rest your dancing feet.
But it wasn’t the art that was the most beautiful… it was the community. Take the friendliness of an intimate festival crowd and add in a dose of the polite, kindhearted culture of Thailand, and you get the uplifting spirit of the Wonderfruit family. Compliments flew in the air so naturally and thoughtfully as if like butterflies landing on your heart. Positivity radiated off of everyone’s soul and lips, seemingly even without the influence of substances. Smiles and meaningful conversations were exchanged as you bumped into recognizable faces each day at the festival. Everything – music, art, friendship – was served to us as gifts.