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PIA: celebrating the arts in every way

Last Friday (June 10), Phuket International Academy (PIA) ran their second annual Arts Week. The whole community came together to celebrate the vibrant and varied world of the arts, and to appreciate the importance of creativity through performing and visual artistic expression.

Monday 20 June 2016, 07:00PM

Natalie Weekes

From June 6-10 students were welcomed to school each morning by a range of buskers; many of who were teachers and parents wanting to share their love of music and performance.

Lunchtimes were accompanied by student performances thanks to the Phuket Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA), and each afternoon a range of workshops were offered by members of both the PIA community and wider community, and were available for students of all ages to take part in. Workshops included; Yoga through Storytelling, Origami, Cupcake Decoration, Basic Photography, Street Dance, Songwriter Classes, Stage Improvisation, and many more.
On the Monday evening the Theatrix Group performed the wonderful Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) much to the delight of the audience.

On Thursday evening the famous Russian duo ‘Incanto’ performed a variety of beautiful classical pieces on the violin and piano, which all musical lovers in Phuket were invited to enjoy free of charge. To finish off the week, Phuket International Academy celebrated with a Talent Show and Charity Art Auction.

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Over the past few months, students have been creating and submitting their favourite art pieces to auction off at last Friday’s event. There were an impressive 90 pieces donated and sold, with class collaborative works being auctioned live in-between acts in the Talent Show. Some pieces went for as much as B30,000! The Auction and Sale raised over B194,000, and will all be donated to the school’s Global Concerns initiative.

At Phuket International Academy, due to become United World College Thailand in August 2016, service has a central place within the school’s philosophy. The Global Concerns Committee (GCC) was set up in May 2015, and is a student led and student driven initiative. The GCC directs and establishes project groups around the school, and ensures that all organisations supported are appropriate and done so in a sustainable way. PIA currently works with a number of local and regional organisations (Global Concerns), including Uncle Pitak’s House, The Good Shepherd School, Karuna Shechen and Baan Paklong Cheep School.

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