"The BACC aims to create a meeting place for artists, to provide cultural programmes for the community giving importance to cultural continuity from past to contemporary. It aims to open new grounds for cultural dialogue, networking, and create new cultural resources from both the public and the private sectors. It is intended as a venue for cultural exchange in terms of content, curatorial and cultural management, giving Bangkok an operational base on the international art scene."
After an afternoon visit to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, I can perhaps testify that it serves well the aims that are stated in this extract from its website. After watching a couple of creditable performances in the Thailand Jazz Competition on the ground floor, we moved up to the few storeys with exhibition corners, shops and cafés where artists, students and the general public alike gather or linger as they please. On the top floors are two exhibitions – one on some traditional artworks by Thai artists and the other, called “Rupture – cause and effect”, showing the photos taken by five renowned photo journalists in the May unrest.
This is a venue that makes for a pleasant visit. Better still, it is absolutely free.