When the British colonialists barrelled into Mandalay on November 28, 1885, they gave King Thibaw just one day to pack up his family and leave the country. But on November 22 – 131 years after Myanmar’s last king entered his exile – his descendants finally had a moment of closure during a historic ceremony in Mandalay’s Royal Palace.
As the busy season of film festivals in Yangon comes to a close for the year, local filmmakers have one last chance to showcase their work before an intimate audience at the 2016 Annual Screening hosted by Yangon Film School.
More than 100 artists from around the world, including 10 from Myanmar, will take part in the 2016 Pulau Ketam International Art Festival on the island of Pulau Ketam from November 26 until December 5. Katam village is located on Pulau Ketam island, Malaysia.
The phrase “transition to democracy” has become a cliché in recent years, as journalists and pundits alike race to describe Myanmar’s swiftly changing cultural and political landscape. But nowhere are the effects of that transition more obvious than in Myanmar’s MyanFood and MyanHotel 2016 expos, which begin today in Yangon’s Myanmar Event Park.
Electronic dance music has exploded onto the Myanmar scene in recent years, with world-famous DJs such as Afrojack and R3hab playing sold-out shows around the country. Today, five-time No 1 DJ in the world Armin Van Buuren is set to headline the We Are Connected music festival at ONE Entertainment Park. The Myanmar Times had a chance to catch up with him yesterday about his experience so far in the Golden Land, as well as his thoughts on EDM’s recent boom in popularity.
For the second time, Bangladesh’s embassy in Yangon is organising an exhibition of paintings to illustrate what Myanmar has in common with its western neighbour. The Confluence of Minds and Interplay of Colours II exhibition opens at Yangon Gallery tomorrow.
According to the World Health Organization, dengue is the fastest-growing infectious disease with its incidence growing 30-fold in 50 years from 1965 to 2015. Half of the world is at risk of getting the virus with a yearly estimate of 96 million symptomatic cases and 500,000 hospitalisations globally.