It’s money he’s after. But the old banknotes Zwe Yan Naing is hunting will hardly buy a cup of tea, even if they were legal tender. The artist's third show, Portraits of Revolutionary, will go on display at Yangon’s 7th Joint Bar, from October 31 to November 6.
While pumpkins have become synonymous with Halloween in Western countries, they’re not always so easy to find in the markets of Yangon. But that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the tradition altogether.
It was like a scene from a Halloween nightmare: On the night of October 31, 2004, U Myint Thein lay dying on a gurney in West Yangon General Hospital, blood flowing from a stab wound in his chest as he explained to doctors how he had come to be in such a state.
The past 30 years have not been kind to the teaching of art in schools, the audience of a panel discussion on contemporary arts heard this week. Artists and art teachers taking part in the discussion at Yangon Gallery on October 25 said the purpose of teaching art in schools should not be to turn children into artists, but to encourage them to be creative.
The lacquer makers of Bagan’s Phwar Saw village are looking forward to a boost in visits and sales after next month’s election. The dozen or so small-scale lacquer industries in the village, which attracts tourists interested in traditional rural life, supply wholesale and retail markets in Yangon, Taunggyi and Bagan’s U Ba Nyein, U Kan Nyunt and Bagan House.
Mature, sedate, beautiful and well-groomed, a Mandalay mother of three walked off with K1 million worth of prizes when she was named winner of the Mrs Ocean Beauty Pageant. Ma Kyi Pyar Phyo Wai Aung was one of 10 local women selected to compete in the event by Ocean Supercenter (Mingalar Mandalay Branch) on October 24.
Think of them as windows on the transition. The 12 documentary photographic essays portray not just what the photographers see around them, but their own backgrounds and responses to the tumultuous times we live in.
Twelve-year-old Myat Noe dashes between tables taking orders and sweeping up cigarette butts, working for around a dollar a day in Myanmar, which has one of the worst records for child labour in the world.