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Cardiff gets taste of Thailand in first city festival

Cardiff hosts Wales' first ever Thai Festival this weekend, bringing together cultural entertainment, food, dancing and music.

Organisers say the festival will promote an understanding of Thai culture among the people of Cardiff, many of whom will have their own cultural connections from across the world.

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"The Wales Thai Festival looks like an exciting new addition to the summer's diverse events calendar. I'm sure it will be a great opportunity for families to learn more about the country and its vibrant culture."

– Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff

Fashion conscious visitors to Cardiff's Coopers Field will also be able to experience colour patterned silks and intricate embroidery work typical of traditional Thai dress.

The costumes on display are the work of Saowanee Jones, who moved to Wales from Thailand over 11 years ago. Soawanee described the festival as "a little taste of Thailand in Cardiff."

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A wide range of stalls will include freshly cooked Thai food, a Thai beer garden, souvenirs and children's rides, while there will also be an energetic display of Muay Thai Boxing.