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On Sunday, July 2, the Thai Embassy is hosting Sawasdee DC on the National Mall to celebrate 190 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and the United States. With a star-studded line-up of performers, delicious food vendors, and ample activities to enjoy, it’s sure to be a festival unlike any other.

Sawasdee DC will take place from 10 am to 6 pm, on 3rd/4th Street of the National Mall. It features Thai pop performers, New Orleans Jazz music, Thai massage, traditional food and dance, a Muay Thai demonstration, and more.

Here are three reasons we are especially excited for Sawasdee DC!

4mix, Thailand’s first LGBTQ+ pop group, will take to the stage at Sawasdee DC.(Photo provided by 411 Records.)

1. Dance to Thai pop’s first LGBTQ+ group among a star-studded musical lineup Thailand’s first LGBTQ+ pop group, 4mix, will take to the stage for their first performance in Washington, DC.

Their upbeat music, affirming lyrics, and gender non-conformity have made 4mix explosively popular among fans. Since their debut in May, 2021, the band has taken the music world by storm, with a fanbase that stretches from Thailand, to Latin America, and beyond.

4Mix is just one of many talented performers on the Sawasdee DC lineup. The Thai pop singer Ally will make her Washington, DC debut, too, and Wendell Brunious will lead the New Orleans Quintet in a performance to honor the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a lover of jazz music and composed dozens of jazz songs himself. Brunious, who once performed for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will play a selection of songs written by the late king. For this reason, Brunious’ performance at Sawasdee DC will be especially meaningful.

Thailand’s most renowned kickboxer, Buakaw Banchamek, will perform a Muay Thai
demonstration as part of Sawasdee DC. (Photo provided by C.P. Group.)

2. Pick up some Muay Thai tips from Thailand’s most famous kickboxer Musicians won’t be the only stars to grace the Sawasdee DC stage.

Buakaw Banchamek is joining the lineup of performers for a Muay Thai demonstration in his first appearance in Washington, DC.

Banchamek has earned global renown for his championship-winning Muay Thai, and is considered one of the best kickboxers in Thailand’s history. With a career spanning more than 290 wins and several championship titles, Banchamek is known for his work ethic and credited with Muay Thai’s recent growth in global popularity.

The Thai Embassy is thrilled to welcome this kickboxing legend to the District for the first time!

A delicious range of traditional Thai dishes will be available to try at Sawasdee DC. (Photos provided by the Thai Embassy.)

3. Celebrate many different aspects of Thai culture

Food, traditional dance, Thai massages — you name it! Sawasdee DC will feature a wide range of entertainers, vendors and activities that celebrate Thai culture.

Throughout the performances, an array of delicious food vendors will prepare a wide variety of traditional Thai dishes for attendees to enjoy as they watch traditional Thai dancers and other performing artists. Afterward, explore the broad range of activities at Sawasdee DC, including a Thai massage.

Want to learn more about the festival? Visit www.sawasdeedcthaifestival.com for a closer look at the fun that awaits at Sawasdee DC. We can’t wait to see you there!

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