Explore The Fields to find our semi-permanent and temporary structures designed by world-class architects and sculptors. Working with the natural essence of our new land, once again we will be challenging the idea of sustainable architecture practices by incorporating locally sourced materials and both traditional and innovative construction methods to create captivating architectural spaces that bring people together. Embrace the wilderness at our newly reshaped Solar Stage backed by the majestic mountains, get lost in the jungle on your way to The Quarry or dance on the gentle slope of our new Amphitheatre stage.
The art installations at Wonderfruit reflect our ethos of environmental sustainability and the celebration of positive living. Since our inception in 2014, we’ve aimed to produce a social experience, showcasing projects that interact with Wonderers and spark dialogues about our ethos through materiality, technology, and space. This year, our community of local and international artists will be working with elements of the new land to create unique installations aimed to inspire.
Inspired by traditional Japanese and Thai bathing rituals, the Bath House is an oasis of calm within the pulsating energy of the wider Wonderfruit experience. Designed by innovative British designer Ab Rogers of Ab Rogers Design studio and built into one of our natural on-site lakes, the Bath House will offer an opportunity for tranquility, reflection and peace amid the madness of a 4-day festival. Getting there will take Wonderers through a sequence of unique bamboo structures designed as an immersive journey through the many different cultural practices and treatment methods using water, and their ability to effect positive changesin our body and mind.
Hidden somewhere within the woods of our new land is the Cheese Shack, the product of Thailand’s own design firm Mpdstudio. Quirky, fun and unexpected – much like most of the experiences at Wonderfruit – the Cheese Shack is inspired by Tokyo’s karaoke bars and designed as a communal space forWonderers to let out their singing divas, croon along to familiar tunes and have funtogether. This hidden gem is made out of recycled and reused materials with the interior embellished by funky tones and different kinds of hanging costumes, whichvisitors to the Cheese Shack can take out and wear.
Dew Flower: water tower
Experience Wonderfruit from a new perspective this year, from up high. Bird’s eye views of The Fields will be abundant but the Dew Flower takes vantage points to the next level. Part water tower and part look out, the Dew Flower captures and collects moisture from the air by incorporating waterharvesting techniques and Wonderers can fully interact with the process by hopping on swings to help shake down captured droplets which flows down to the garden below. Wonderers can make their way up the structure, which is designed by PO-D Architects out of Bangkok, to its terrace andenjoy epic vistas of The Fields. This exquisite yet functional installation captures the essence of local bamboo building with its form inspired by the decorative pieces used in ceremonial parades from northeastern Thailand to bless the farming season.
Home to Scratch Talks and designed by London-based designer Ab Rogers, our beloved Eco Pavilion is a place to inspire thinking, conversation, insight and change. It’s a place to experience other peoples’ experiences, whether through the stories of a speaker or at one of our many workshops that’s catered towards activities creating impact. A self-contained landscape in its own right, Wonderers will find shelter at the Eco Pavillion under 100 handcrafted cotton umbrellas that when illuminated by the sun will create a kaleidoscopic canopy of soft-coloured light. Meticulously designed by Chiang Mai Umbrellas, the overall effect sets the mood to support the exploration of different opportunities and all kinds of gatherings.
In the Eyes of the Animal
Presenting our first foray into virtual reality and technology, a cinematic work that uses the mask of VR to take users on a fascinating journey above the tree canopy where they will come face-to-face with hi-definition critters and embody various animals as they traverse a natural forest. Wonderers will get to artistically interpret the sensory world of animals through binaural sound design that further increases the audience’s experience of the virtual environment by mimicking the natural perception of sound in space. People will not only be able to hear but ‘feel’ the sounds as audio vibrations turns into an experience connected to all the senses. The ultimate goal of this project, put together by London-based Marshmallow Laser Feast, is to create an understanding of how animals process optical information and give us a chance to reflect on our own visual perceptions of the environment.
Fans of live music, brace yourselves for a heavy dose of nostalgia with the return of the Molam Bus by Jim Thompson Art Center where you’ll step straight into a 70’s Thai village party. A cultural program in its own right, the converted bus cum exhibition space traces the social and political role of the folk and presents it as modernized Molam music. Inspired by Issan, the northeastern region of Thailand, the culture sets the theme around the bus as well as the colorful truck stage and performing bands. And all those epic photos from the past of Wonderers perched atop of an eccentric old fashioned bus? This is where you can recreate that experience for yourself by climbing the bus #DoItForTheGram
After a triumphant two years, Joy Collective makes a welcome return to The Fields this year with their Rainforest Pavilion. The interactive installation and performance venue is modeled after a rainforest but goes beyond interpreting its beauty in that it works towards actually preserving it – all funds earned at the pavilion will be used to purchase land for permanent conservation. This year’s design comes from seminal designer Matteo Messervy who promises a treat for the all the senses. Visuals will capture Indonesia’s endangered rainforests with sound accompaniment by some of the best talents out of Indonesia’s burgeoning electronic music scene. By nightfall, an international lineup will set the scene and by day, plan for inspiring workshops with a loaded program for your mind, your body and your soul.
Intended to be exactly as evocative as its name suggests, the Serpentine Walkway is a crossing bridge that connects the festival grounds through the forest and over our leafy waterway. Designed to be a transitional element that leads Wonderers from lively, energy filled areas to a relaxed tranquil zone whether it’s day or not. When the sun is shining, Wonderers can walk through and explore the forest, seeking refuge in the overhanging shade. After dusk, the structure will be lit from below creating a floating path between the two lands. By Bangkok design team Mpdstudio, the walkway is paved using bricks made from local clay, lined with egg-shaped railings and a roof made from thin clusters of bamboo.
Imagine the psychological state of being in a black hole, The Silent Room is just that but found within The Fields. The 40’/12m long matte black structure is fully soundproof and anechoic, in which visitors to the space will be able to spend a very rare and precious actual moment alone. The interior blocks out all sound coming from the outside and absorbs any sound that is made inside while the monochromic lighting filters out all colors. The space, designed by Dutch London-based artist Simon Heijdens, delivers an immersive experience of silence and peace, devoid of any visual or audible manifestation but the self – a rare, unmediated state.
Our most iconic structure returns to The Fields this year with the Solar Stage once again with a monumental reconfiguration. Coming alive at sunrise and sunset with DJs and a vibe that carries over from its Burning Man roots, the transformative space is designed for exploring, climbing, dancing and gathering in and around the structure while DJs play up close and personal sets for sunrise and sunset worshippers. The experience is an integral one to the overall Wonderfruit experience and is revered by many as the focal point of the festival with friends, families, dancers, performers and more all coming together in syncopated harmony. The geometrical architecture is an installation by LA-based architect, designer, artist and inventor Gregg Fleishman whose modular structure is made out of sustainably harvested wood and is assembled, disassembled and redesigned each year. The Solar Stage will host artists including Craig Richards, Nicolas Lutz, Gidge, Libella. Lord Echo, Louis Cole, Seb Wildblood, Young Marco, NJWA, Stars and Rabbit and more.
Play and playfulness are the core elements of the Spirilva Poacendere experience by interdisciplinary artist Thea Rae. The bamboo installation is inspired by the land's whimsical beauty and the artist's practices in robotics, dance and acrobatics. Lovers of nature will relish in the kinetic components designed for interactions with tree spaces. Explore upwards beyond the walking path for wilder perspectives through the forest.
The Hamlet by ASAI
Step into The Hamlet by ASAI, an organic arrangement of bamboo platforms set out like a theatre-
in-the-round where you can explore, play, rest and feast. Choose a cozy spot to lounge on comfy cushions under a shady collage of tie-dyed and eclectic materials and allow the entertainment to unfold in the central space, where local and international DJs and live artists soothe your soul or urge you to your feet. Graze on legacy local cuisine by Burma Bistro and refresh yourself with tempting tipples from the bar—a relaxing glass of wine by Italasia, an exotic cocktail by Tropic City or a vintage gin concoction from Hendricks. Secret pro tip: pull up a cushion at dusk and as headline acts take to the Living Stage, you’ll find you have some of the best seats in the house (shhhh, you didn’t hear it from us). Step inside the village, join the community and learn what it means to live local.
Theatre of Feasts
This year, we’re thinking about the culinary experience in an unconventional way. Designed by Hackney-based studio Ab Rogers Design, our Theatre of Feasts should inspire you to look beyond the status quo and dine a little differently. We’re turning our award-winning chefs into the headlining act just the same as your favorite DJ or musician but instead delivering a performance to 200 diners seated communally. Not unlike a circus big top where food is the star performer, the Theatre of Feasts is inspired by the notion that a structure should be defined by the activities it contains. Diners will become part of the action of the feast by sitting in an unbroken ring of bamboo tables that curl its way around the perimeter of the tent encircling the chefs who take center stage at a bright kitchen island - executing dinner ‘in the round’ for their audience. To get there, cross one of three narrow humpbacked bamboo bridges into a warm, vibrant and intimate social space. Introducing dinner like it has never been done before.