Building “Recycling” Event Planned in Vientiane on 17 May

Join with volunteers to start ‘recycling’ Vientiane’s old Typing School building into a community art space on International Recycling Day.

The Old Typing Building sits abandoned

Khiri Travel is organising an event in Vientiane on 17 May as part of International Recycling Day, established by UNESCO. The activity is also in honour of Khiri Travel’s 25th anniversary. The public are welcome to join.

The event is at the Old Typing School, meeting at the Dam Dam Café/Laodi Bar first at 4pm. The aim is to start preparing the old school to become a community art space.

Stefan Scheerer, General Manager of Khiri Travel Laos, said: “Open community spaces in Vientiane are important for cultural exchange, sharing creative ideas and enjoying events. Such ‘recycling’ and enhancing of old buildings will hopefully encourage upcoming generations in Vientiane to take pride and participate in their local community.”

Ms Gili Back, the Khiri Travel Sustainability Manager and Executive Director of Khiri Reach, says: “Recent environmental studies explore the benefits of ‘recycling’ old buildings through adaptive reuse — giving new life and purpose to old structures. Old buildings preserve local culture by paying tribute to the people and events that created them. They attract tourists and bring people together. Their conservation saves tons of debris from the landfill, making the reuse of an existing building the ultimate form of recycling.”

Building ‘Recycling’ Event Planned in Vientiane on 17 May

Khiri Travel will be hosting special recycling events, educational seminars and clean ups in seven countries across Asia. The one in Laos is:

Historical Building Revival For A Community Art Space

Date: 17 May 2018

Start Time: 4:00pm

Address: Dam Dam café/Laodi Bar (Mekong Riverfront) Quai Fa Ngum/Rue Sibouaban T-section, 0101 Vientiane, Laos.

Introduction – Celebrate International Recycling Day by working together as a community to revitalize and clean up Vientiane’s Historical Typing School Building.

Khiri Travel Laos’s Vientiane office will be partnering with Dam Dam cafe (which becomes Laodi Bar in the evening).

The plan for the afternoon (followed by drinks) is to clean the grounds and surrounding area, share the vision for the space and to encourage people to participate in Historical Building Recycling – Community Rejuvenation – Urban Rethinking and to make this place safe and liveable again.

Please come and join the team to learn more about this very special restoration and clean-up project that aims to benefit the people of Vientiane.

Further information in Vientiane: email Tel: +856 (0) 21 453 840.

Or contact Gili Back, Khiri Travel Sustainability Manager & Executive Director Khiri Reach. Tel: +66 2 968 6828. Email: Or visit the Khiri Travel Facebook page.

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