Sunday, September 25, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

On (not) shooting a rat

An Orwell tribute-essay on life, liberty and the pursuit of vermin.

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Myanmar street photographers catch ‘moments of truth’

Put down this newspaper. Look outside. There’s probably a lot out there that you usually miss. The upcoming Featured Collectives group exhibit at Myanmar Deitta will showcase the work of local street photographers who catch these often-missed moments.

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Gluten free? Try rice flour

Flour is much more than just flour, or so participants in a recent workshop learned. I joined 15 others in the class, at the Panasonic show room near Pearl Condo, to find out more about the creation of rice-flour snacks and delicacies.

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Music man sustains a dying tradition

Audiences who take pleasure in the range of tones that can be produced from traditional Myanmar musical instruments love the sounds of the Myanmar orchestra. But the number of artisans capable of forging the bronze gongs that utter those sounds is dwindling.

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Broadway arrives with a splash

Boy meets girl. Couple has child. Child becomes mermaid.

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Artist pushes convention out of her way

Pioneering digital artist Phyu Mon made her big-screen debut at Yangon’s Wathann Film Festival last weekend, with her Blooming Sound installation exploring the relationship between image and sound.

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Tattoo contest leaves its mark

For two days, serious tattoo enthusiasts descended on Yangon’s Kandawgyi Palace Hotel to celebrate their passion at the the 2nd Tattoo Contest, hosted by Myanmar Traditional Tattoo Artist Family (MTTAF) on September 10 and 11.

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‘Passion for Fashion’ brings diplomacy to the runway

There are many ways to commemorate a relationship between countries: parades, meetings between heads of state and press releases, for example. But to recognise the 60th anniversary of friendly relations between the Philippines and Myanmar, the conventional commemorations are to be thrown out the window.

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Wathann winners highlight social issues

The sixth annual Wathann Film Festival showcased over 30 local and international narrative films and documentaries this past weekend, and awarded the Best Short Film award to Period@Period, directed by Hnin Ei Hlaing, which tackled the often-controversial topic of women going through their menstrual cycle.

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Myanmar’s brave new voices

In February 2007, at the same time that students rushed the streets of Yangon to protest the government’s removal of fuel subsidies and the junta’s subsequent crackdown on dissidents, the skies filled with poems. Hastily scribbled verses flew from school windows before the rectors, hot on poets’ tails, could find and arrest them. Embodying the spirit of these purportedly more democratic times, a new generation of poets is seizing the moment through the performative, and often political, mode of spoken word and slam poetry.

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