25 January 2024

ASEAN Youth Cultural Forum (AYCF) Thailand Chapter Sets a Stage for Vibrant Exchange of Arts and Cultures for Youth across ASEAN

Noppanun Sookping
AUN Programme Officer;

Over the course of 12-17 January 2024, Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, the AUN Executive Director, along with his AUN Secretariat team, paid courtesy visits to four AUN Member Universities in Thailand, including Burapha University, Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University and Prince of Songkla University. In this regard, the four universities have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Network Members of five Institutions Operating the ASEAN Youth Cultural Forum (AYCF) Thailand to officiate their commitment to the formation and continuous activities of the ASEAN Cultural Forum (AYCF) Thailand Chapter, with Chiang Mai University scheduled to sign it in April at the annual event of AYCF Thailand.

The AYCF Thailand Chapter serves as a new breaking ground and official university collaboration which encourages strong cross-cultural connections for the region’s youths through performance arts, community projects and workshops among other stimulating activities. Established through cooperative efforts across five AUN member universities in Thailand (Burapha University, Chiang Mai University, Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol  University and Prince of Songkla University), the chapter fashions itself as an outstanding model for multicultural fusion, exchange and sharing. In this regard, students, professors, and graduates passionate about sharing arts, music, food and other traditions shall be able to unite and create an even greater celebration of ASEAN’s rich diversity and build life-long friendship with their multicultural and intercultural peers through the initiative’s wide ranging activities and platforms vested in the world of performance arts and cultures.

The next step of the AYCF Thailand Chapter’s grand efforts to create more opportunities in performance arts and cross-cultural exposure for youths of the ASEAN countries is the annual ASEAN Youth Cultural Forum Thailand, slated to happen in April 2024. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on the AYCF Thailand Chapter throughout 2024!