The eagerly awaited seventh Yangon Photo Festival (YFP) is to be held in the city from February 13-21.
Drama meets headline news in a new series about to start on MRTV. The eight episodes will focus on highly topical matters of national interest and importance to the country’s political, economic and social reform process.
Long absent from the region’s booming cafe culture, Myanmar’s commercial capital is now witnessing a surge in swish coffee bars providing an alternative to the treacly instant coffee served by thousands of street carts.
Do you believe in magic?
Conjurer Ko Khaing Myat, who once made his safe but mundane job with an NGO vanish in a metaphorical puff of smoke in order to follow his dream, still hopes to perform the ultimate trick: winning over a sceptical public.
If the city’s stray dogs could speak, they would have a sorry tale to tell: canine companions killed by unscrupulous car drivers, puppies left to drown in sewers, sick and injured dogs lying lifeless and uncared for on the streets of Yangon.
In the small village of Kyaukmyaung, near Shwebo, Sagaing Region, back in 2010, Italian documentary filmmaker Valeria Testagrossa first learned of the importance of nat spirits. She knew she had to return with a film crew and make a documentary about the subject.
As interest in the management of Myanmar’s film industry appears to be flagging, a reluctant Lu Min was last week re-elected as chair of the industry’s professional body, despite his earlier promise to step down. The number of both voters and candidates in the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization (MMPO) also fell dramatically.
His humility is charac-teristic. “Winning the Academy Award wasn’t my doing,” said pianist Tin Win Hlaing, winner of the Best Music Award at the recent Myanmar Academy Awards for Kyel Sin Maw Kun.