Capturing Yangon, one sketch at a time

You can find them every Sunday, usually in a group of fewer than 10, quietly sketching the buildings, streetscapes and faces of Yangon in a bid to document a time of rapid change and progress in the city. It’s been just four months since the launch of Yangon Urban Sketching, the Facebook group that brought ...

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Number by number: How Burma Watches creates customized timepieces with Burmese numbers

Number by number: How Burma Watches creates customized timepieces with Burmese numbers

In a shaky, wooden house in South Okkalapa, a neighborhood in Northern Yangon, Ko Lu Maw is crouched over a tiny table by his bed, working quietly and meticulously at something...

Miss Ethnic Myanmar pageant belies minorities’ woes

Miss Ethnic Myanmar pageant belies minorities’ woes

A “Miss Ethnic Myanmar” beauty pageant and a campfire dance with a buffalo skull on Tuesday brought an end to a festival celebrating the country’s ethnic...

(Original) Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Knock-off films ineligible for Myanmar Academy Awards

(Original) Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Knock-off films ineligible for Myanmar Academy Awards

Myanmar’s film industry is infamous for its, um … shall we say “lax” approach to pesky issues of copyright. With the market closed off from outside productions by decades...

Things To Do This Weekend (Dec 7 – Dec 9): Oxford Sayadaw, Voice Of the Youth 2018 Music Festival, Yangon Farmer’s Market and Stand Up 4 Human Rights

Things To Do This Weekend (Dec 7 – Dec 9): Oxford Sayadaw, Voice Of the Youth 2018 Music Festival, Yangon Farmer’s Market and Stand Up 4 Human Rights

What’s up Yangon folks? We’ve got an eclectic mix of art, music and personal development events curated for this upcoming weekend. Check out up and coming local artists right...

Things To Do This Weekend – Market Edition (Nov 30-Dec 2): Yangon Farmer’s Market, The Makers Market, Yangon Zay and Singapore Festival

Things To Do This Weekend – Market Edition (Nov 30-Dec 2): Yangon Farmer’s Market, The Makers Market, Yangon Zay and Singapore Festival

This weekend in Yangon is a big one for open markets – there is a Singaporean market, a Yangon market and a bougie Yangon Zay. If shopping for food, produce or crafts...

Things To Do This Weekend (Nov 23-25): Yangon Farmer’s Market, The Peacists X the REASONABILISTS, and Tazaungdaing Night Bazaar

Things To Do This Weekend (Nov 23-25): Yangon Farmer’s Market, The Peacists X the REASONABILISTS, and Tazaungdaing Night Bazaar

We’ve got a pretty exciting weekend ahead in Yangon — a farmer’s market, an indie rock show, and an immersive music/visual experience starring a famous...

Things To Do This Weekend (Nov 10-12): MEMORY! Film Festival, MYANM/Art, Reclaimed Teak Furniture

Things To Do This Weekend (Nov 10-12): MEMORY! Film Festival, MYANM/Art, Reclaimed Teak Furniture

We’ve got some pretty cool stuff happening in town this weekend, Yangon — art exhibitions, a film festival that’s screening a movie from 1934, and a pop-up teak...

Grace Baey’s portraits of Yangon’s trans population are intimate without being intrusive [PHOTOS]

Grace Baey’s portraits of Yangon’s trans population are intimate without being intrusive [PHOTOS]

Some photographers are able to capture the most delicate moments deftly. With her project Living Choices, Singapore-based shooter Grace Baey showed her ability to do just that....

Yangon Gallery to showcase antique cameras

Yangon Gallery to showcase antique cameras

A private collection of 150 antique cameras will be on display at the Yangon Gallery from Oct. 19 to 21. “Some cameras on exhibition will be more than a hundred years old,”...


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Coconuts Yangon Arts

Despite decades of censorship, Myanmar has a rich artistic tradition. In the old days, painters were forced to hide political allegory in their work. Now, the scene is freer, and art openings happen most weeks in Yangon. Check out the Pansodan galleries (Pansodan and Pansodan Scene) as well as several spots in the Dagon Township area. A new creative space called Ngar Sé/50 opened in late 2016 and hosts an array of artistic and educational events; but like many great things in the city, it may not grace our lives for much longer. Yangon’s art scene was the subject of an online multimedia documentary called Future Cities, which highlights the ways in which Myanmar’s political transformation has shaped – for better and for worse – the modes of artistic expression in our emerging megacity.