IIFA 2018: We're back in Bangkok after a decade!


The IIFA season is honestly the best time of Bollywood. Everything that's perfect on-screen, come together as the great entertainment industry it is! The International Indian Film and Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards will be held next month in Bangkok for its 19th edition.

The gala will be held between June 22nd and 24th, 2018

This time, IIFA will not just be about Bollywood and all its celebration, but to support an environmental cause and cinema memorabilia too. The event will be organised at the Siam Niramit Theatre, which is adorned by Thailand's heritage, art and culture and hosts the country's most-popular theatre production.

As always the producers and creators of IIFA, Wizcraft International are getting ready to put up a show that's never seen before, mixed with cultural elements from Thailand.

Talking about the preparations and his team, Andre Timmins, one of the three forces behind Wizcraft International, said in a statement, "We're excited to go back to Bangkok. There are a lot of interesting things we are doing and we hope this edition becomes exciting for people to come and have fun. But we chose Bangkok because we felt it's close by and this year we thought we will go somewhere close. And Bangkok is a place that has changed tremendously. There are more flights, hotels, restaurants and our industry loves Bangkok."

Famous of their quirkiness and wit, the main award night will be hosted by the amazing Riteish Deshmukh and Karan Johar. Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor are some of the stars who will be performing at the big night. Ranbir's performance is a bit special as he will be making a comeback to the IIFA stage in Bangkok after he won the Best Debutant Award at the 2008 Bangkok edition of the gala.

"Pritam is doing a very interesting piece using a lot of local Thailand musicians and instruments. He is putting together something very different," Timmins said.

Apart from the Bollywood glitz and glamour, IIFA has tied up with the UN Environment for the campaign "Beat Plastic Pollution", the theme for World Environment Day 2018. Actress Dia Mirza, the UN Environment goodwill ambassador for India, will front this. Also they aim to preserve cinema heritage, which is why IIFA Foundation will be collaborating with Osian's auction house to showcase vintage cinema memorabilia at an exhibition event.

"Because we celebrate cinema, we would also like to do something towards saving Indian cinema, whether it's archives, posters or showcasing our heritage through the years. We are doing an exhibition in collaboration with Osian's," said Timmins.

So how excited are you for this crazy event? Let us know in the comments below.

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