Friday, August 26, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Blood, guts and gore: The world of special effects make-up

Eyeballs dangling from the sockets, bones protruding from gaping wounds and faces brutally bruised. This is the world of SFX: special effect make-up.

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Suit yourself

You may no longer need a hat to get ahead, but you might want to think about losing the longyi – or at least so says a new gentleman’s outfitters, which is trying to persuade Myanmar businessmen to swap their traditional gear for pinstripes and fustian.

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Inside Bangkok’s sex work museum

Imagine a room full of red-lace bras, packs of condoms and a dancing pole – did we just wander into an illicit, red-light district somewhere? No, these items are brazenly displayed at perhaps one of Thailand’s most unusual museums: This Is Us – Empower Foundation’s museum of sex work.

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Future politicians find their voice

The Speaker from the House of Representatives silenced fellow parliamentarians and hit her gavel, opening yet another important chapter in Myanmar’s democratic transition. But, as the smiles and high-fives suggested, this was not a typical sitting of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: it was a session of the country’s first model student parliament.

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Escape the rain at the Monsoon Art Festival

The Monsoon Art Festival is back in Yangon for its third year, with nearly 10 events scheduled from August 12 until the end of September.

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Female poets tell it like it is

The launch on July 16 of Shin hnit Kyama (You and I), a new collection of poems by Mae Yway and Cho Pain Naung, was an exhilarating event, with a large local audience packed into The Rough Cut, a Sanchaung bar that has become one of Yangon’s homes for Myanmar poetry, photography and music

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Myanmar heritage film premieres at international festival

A restored version of the 1934 Myanmar film Mya Ganaing (The Emerald Jungle) is to premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival (Festival del film Locarno) in Switzerland on August 13.

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Karen report: Trafficking, narcotics still trouble women

Ethnic Karen women are still subject to abuse and to feelings of insecurity, say human rights advocates. The Karen Human Rights Group yesterday officially released its report “Hidden Strengths, Hidden Struggles: Women’s Testimonies from Southeast Myanmar” at a press conference at Summit Parkview Hotel, Yangon.

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Gongs & Skins returns to National Theatre

Museums are no place for music. And the clash between pop and traditional music is a chance for national and ethnic cultures to put their stamp on the times, say devotees of Myanmar percussion.

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Longyis with pockets hit the racks

Who decided longyis couldn’t have pockets?
Whoever it was, that decision has been rendered void by the folks at Cici, who launched a new collection of traditional outfits featuring pockets over the weekend.

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