A meeting to select traditional crafts or performances that represent Phuket heritage was held at the Phuket Cultural Center on May 23rd 2014. Entitled “Khong Di Ban Chan” or roughly translated as “unique items from my home,” the meeting was chaired by Vice Governor – Somkiat Sangkhaosuthirak. Advisor to Chief Executive of PPAO – Samasak Rattanasaenyanuparp, who acted on behalf of Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising, attended the meeting.
The program aims to encourage members of the public to take pride in their heritage by taking part in the selection of traditional arts, crafts or performances that represent the local culture. According to Mr Somkiat, the selection process focuses on items already proposed by each Amphoe or district, as follows;
• From Amphoe Mueang – Baba-style wedding, Rong Ngeng dance, Iew Pung food item, and batik textile;
• From Amphoe Thalang – procession of Tao god effigies (Prapeni Lak Phra), Tan Yong music, fried sea cicada;
• From Amphoe Kathu – Vegetarian Festival, Lo Koh Cha music, Kanom Angkoo and Kanom Doen
The final four items selected by the meeting were: Vegetarian Festival, Rong Ngeng Dance, Iew Pung snack, and local Batik textile.
The criterion of selection was based on ideas that include: religious belief, ways of life, history, uniqueness, the length of time that items/traditions have been observed; forms, and clear execution steps. The concept of improvision and the sentiment of the public were also considered.
The four finalist items will be promoted and developed further as part of a creative culture and into commodities that can boost income for the local community, the process of which will be supported by government agencies, organizations and member of the public from every level.