Monday, May 02, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Behind a computer, everyone is equal

It was a momentous decision for Ye Mon Thu. She had never left her Mawlamyine township before, but now she was preparing to set out for distant Yangon, the only place where a partially sighted person like herself could learn a trade, with the help of computer training for the blind organised by the Myanmar National Association of the Blind (NNAB).

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Wathann Film Festival back for its fifth year

Grab your popcorn: The Wathann Film Festival is back for its fifth year on September 9 until September 13, and for hte first time, will feature 19 international films in addition to local productions.

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Shwe Kyun Pin nat festival draws annual believers

I was nearly too late. As I arrived, already some of the travelling merchants were packing up their goods and dismantling their stalls. Many had already moved on to the next festival, at Taung Pyone. But as I rode by on my motorcycle, I saw plenty of stalls selling pottery and ironmongery, food and clothing.

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Art exhibition’s discounts and donations prove blood is thicker than floodwater

Talented artists will offer their skills for the We Are Family art exhibition – held in Yangon’s Ahla Thi gallery from September 5 to 15 – to benefit Myanmar brothers and sisters suffering from the recent flooding. The exhibition will be open daily 10am to 5pm at 17 University Avenue Road.

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Local maestro resurrects Myanmar traditional music

Traditional music of Myanmar no longer needs to suffer the fate of fading into the past. Well-known singer, composer, and conductor D Yar Mo has joined hands with a Japanese label to produce a collection showcasing rare old music in contemporary formats.

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Method in the madness at Globe’s Hamlet

Shakespeare once wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

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Artist wears a heart of gold on his sleeve

Shwedagon, the iconic symbol of Yangon, has been uniquely depicted by artist Pe Nyunt Wai for the Monsoon Art Festival 2015, which includes a wide variety of artworks over its three-month span. His ninth solo exhibition, aptly titled Shwedagon, opened on August 28 and is on display through September 1 at Yangon Gallery.

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Film-makers closer to win than they thought

Three young Myanmar women have been awarded third prize and a cash prize of US$500 at the 2015 ASEAN Youth Video Contest for their short film about the meaning of the ASEAN community to young people.

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Israeli musician’s musical journey brings him to Myanmar

As a child, Tal Kravitz suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) – a condition which makes focusing for long periods challenging – and was unable to concentrate on his schoolwork. He dreamed of becoming a musician and travelling the world, but there was just one problem: He didn’t know how to play any instruments.

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Subterranean explorations

Myanmar’s caves are among the world’s least-explored. But for the past six years, a team of international explorers has been mapping a stunning geology unknown to those above, unlocking its secrets while also ensuring it remains in a pristine state.

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