Watch tip: Street of Gongs - From Thailand to the World on arte
Our in-house production Street of Gongs - From Thailand to the World will be broadcast on March 27 at 7:30 pm on arte. Tune in!
What it is about: Outside the provincial capital of Ubon Ratchatani in Thailand’s rural northeast, a country road nearly thirty kilometers long stretches to the banks of the Mekong River. Even from a distance, you can hear what is being made there: gongs of all sizes in nearly 50 manufactories. The gong is considered the ancient instrument and symbol of Asia. It occupies an important cultural significance, initiates rituals, expels demons, gives strength and courage. We visit the creators of these unique instruments - a family business that has been laboriously handcrafting gongs for generations. They have a big mission: The abbot of the temple has ordered a new, large gong for the upcoming festival. Will they be able to finish it in time?