The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

The story of Yangon Echoes

Every city should have a coffee table book and now with the publication of Yangon Echoes, Yangon has its first.  As writer Ma Thida recounts in her foreword, while the former capital was demoted by the regime in 2005, Yangon endures as the most populous and ethnically diverse city in the country and thus has been crying out for visual depiction and the recording of citizen’s stories.

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A storm in a tea cup: BBC radio drama to promote ethnic diversity

An everyday story of teashop customers, The Tea Cup Diaries, is being broadcast by Myanma Radio for 26. The series has been produced by BBC Media Action, with support from USAID, and will run for 26 weeks.

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Tradition squeezed as chinlone players vie for space

Playing chinlone is good for you. It can improve general fitness and promote alertness, it concentrates the attention, and develops teamwork skills and a general sense of good-fellowship amid friendly rivalry.

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Pubs toast new hope as craft beer scene brews

Britain's traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanise the country’s budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of premises to close every week.

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Bonsai gardener finds inner peace in plants

The garden is small. Miniature, in fact. A dusty lane passes under trees, but though the leaves and the fruit are perfectly formed, no tree is more than 2 feet high.

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Ancient art history not carved in stone

Artist Kyaw Soe Thu's paintings of ancient Bagan clay and wooden carvings will be featured at the “Same But Different” exhibition at Lawkanat art gallery on Pansodan Road (upper block) through May 23.

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Future Stars shine brightly in self advocacy

The men and women concentrate on their tasks. Some are cutting paper, others are folding paper flowers. These are children’s tasks, but these adults suffer from mental disability.

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Artists share techniques and inspiration

Artists from both sides of the border came together this week for a special collaboration. The 33 artists, from Myanmar and Thailand, held an art workshop and exhibition yesterday and today at the Yangon Gallery in People’s Square and Park, Yangon.

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Foreigners flock to ancient Thai tattoo masters

Ever since American GIs passed through Bangkok for R&R during the Vietnam War, foreigners have returned home sporting traditional Thai tattoos known as sak yant. While exotic religious-script tattoos remain popular with tourists today, they are not without controversy in Southeast Asia.

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Essential Eames: Icons of 20th-century design

Charles and Ray Eames, credited with “changing the way we sit”, thrived on having fun. A closer look at their philosophy and work, now on exhibition at Thailand Creative Design Center (TCDC) in Bangkok, shows they did much more, leaving an indelible mark on contemporary lifestyle and revolutionising furniture construction and design.

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