Seen from a kite, the world spreads out beneath you. The Kite Tales, a new website launched by journalists Thin Lei Win and Kelly Macnamara, tells the stories of people who have stories to tell that most people might never hear. The people known as “ordinary” people, though nobody is really ordinary. Or everybody is. Often, their stories are not at all ordinary.
An act of cognitive dissonance has been playing out in Yangon since 2011, where the cardinal sins of more successful cities are held up as merits while their best qualities are ignored. As a result, the city is choking to death while the architects of its development laud its prosperity.
What happens when environmental documentary filmmakers from all over the world are put together in a room? It doesn’t take long before they’re engaged in animated discussions about the world’s countless environmental evils, from the palm oil plantations of Indonesia to the effects of climate change on fishing communities in the Philippines to the indigenous communities marginalised by resource extraction in Canada.
Celebrated Myanmar artist Min Wae Aung will open his latest solo exhibition, The Journey Begins, at the Tanya Baxter Contemporary Gallery in London, England, from October 30 to November 30. A special October 27 opening will take place at Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, London.
It’s more than just a garment. The longyi, like other Myanmar traditional clothing, is a daily expression of culture, a wearable artefact passed on from generation to generation. The fabric, the design and the weave all tell their own stories of region and ethnicity to those who can read it.
Crash! The teenage skater, speeding toward the concrete arch, suddenly lost control and fell heavily, bringing the audience to their feet, all clapping suddenly silent. Undaunted, she at once got up and completed her round.
Since the days of King Anawratha of Bagan, Kyaukse city upon Shwe Thar Lyaung hill has celebrated the elephant dance festival. Traditionally locals don a colourfully decorated, life-size elephant costume, welcoming the end of Thadingyut with a unique array of dance and acrobats.