What's trending and happening this week

1. On Friday the 21st, at 7pm, the Foreign Correspondents Club will be playing host to award-winning Spanish photojournalist Omar Havana, who will be speaking of his experiences working on Endurance, a photo book chronicling the lives of people in Nepal following the devastating earthquake that left the country in ruins in 2015. The book will be on sale at the event.

2. If you like cosplay, collectors' toys, video games, or any facet of geek culture at all, next weekend (April 21-23) will see the return of Thailand Comic Con, a celebration of all things nerdy and good in the world. This year's highlights include a cosplay competition, three video-game tournaments (FIFA, Overwatch and Tekken 7), and live performances from Japanese groups Boys And Men and Yumemiru Adolescence. Ticket costs have yet to be announced, though last year's event cost 60 baht per ticket.

3. On Tuesday, Alliance Française de Bangkok will be hosting their Apéro Ciné, a special evening of classy French cheese platters, cold cuts and wine, coupled with a screening of the 2016 film Diamond Island, a Cambodian movie about a construction worker reunited with his long-lost brother. You can get a ticket for two, as well as a platter of goodies, for 500 baht. Wine costs 150 baht a glass, though those who pay for the special platter-for-two package can get a glass for 100 baht. The event begins at 6pm, while the screening will begin at 8pm.

4. The Bangkok International Gift and Houseware Fair is back. From April 19-23, head to the Bitec convention centre on Bangna to browse through staggering rows of furniture, clothing, toys and everything in between, all at discounted prices or with extra promotions. For a preview of some of the products that will be available at the event, check out their Facebook page, Big+Bih Club.

5. Songkran is now mostly over, and the next holiday of note is Easter. While not exactly a thing here in Thailand, those of you still yearning for that special holiday spirit can take part in the Westin Grande Sukhumvit's Easter Egg Workshop, taking place today at the Sukhumvit 19 hotel, from 10am-noon. Tickets cost 1,690 baht for one child and one adult, and will include a complimentary lunch buffet at the hotel's Seasonal Tastes restaurant. Contact 02-207-8000.

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