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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.