Widow and mother of four Daw Nyo Nyo San saw years of hard work pay off as she aided in the October 15 launch of May Doe Kabar (Women’s World), a group dedicated to educating rural women about their rights, providing them with small loans and connecting them with job opportunities.
There are certain remarkable craftsmen who are not appreciated for their work and cannot earn a reliable income. Yet in the face of it all, they continue crafting because they fear losing the art which had been passed down through successive generations.
In its first weekend of public screenings, the documentary Dams, Drugs and Democracy: The Struggle for Resources in Kachin State, Myanmar has enjoyed full houses and surging interest in the controversy it presents – the Myitsone Dam project at the mouth of the Ayeyarwady River.
U Wai Lwin, Pobbathiri township hluttaw candidate for the Union Solidarity and Development party, recruited local singers including Thar Soe and Jenny to perform for his campaign at the township party office in Pyinmana city on October 7.
Without makeup, enclosed studios or special lighting to enhance the images, street photographers must rely on the rich natural beauty of the environment. Twenty-six artists from the Myanmar Street Photographer group have captured the raw beauty of Yangon’s own streets in their exhibition The Streets of Yangon at Yangon Gallery on display from October 16 to 20.
String Bridge, a story 33-year-old Kachin writer Ma Li Khu Shin Ni about the way of life in the jade mines of Hpakant is one of many stories in an anthology, Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds, a British Council exhibition of “hidden treasures” – literary works penned by writers working in Myanmar’s ethnic languages. and the jade mines around and below it.