It’s time to take five again and enjoy a second helping of a rich and colourful fusion of musical styles. The World Music Festival is returning to Yangon, and local jazz fans can look forward to an aural and visual feast of different languages and skin colours.
As well as showcasing tried-and-true Asian designers, Malaysia Fashion Week – held annually in Kuala Lumpur – is dedicated to discovering the next generation of talent from across the region. Among them is Myanmar designer Ahlatt Lumyang.
Squeezed between majority Myanmar and encroaching Chinese, the Shan language is dying. But Shan speakers in the border trading post of Muse are fighting the decline, organising classes and instilling pride in their literature, history and culture.
Yangon residents, aware that much of the city is surrounded by water and eager to see some of it,are faced with a circuitous route to the new riverfront park in Botahtaung township. The 3-acre Seikkanthar Park is literally at the end of the line, that is, the light railway line that terminates in Strand Road. If you arrive at the Linsadaung bus stop there and turn right, you make your way past a parking lot for container traffic before seeing the Yangon River ahead of you.
The Second Myanmar Festival of Disabled Artists, known as the Immense Spectrum Art Festival, will be held on December 1. It will be organised by the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative, with help from the Nippon Foundation and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.