Flashback to when Vera Lynn, now 100, sang to British troops in Burma

Legendary WWII singer Vera Lynn has been in headlines all day because she’s about to be the first person ever to release an album at the age of 100 That's so cool!  But that's not the only cool thing she's done Lynn became known as the “Forces Sweetheart” while hosting the radio show “Sincerely Yours” in London on Sunday nights throughout the war, often remaining on the air during German...

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No 2. Art Area: a sanctuary for Yangon’s new generation of street artists

Arker Kyaw remembers the night of November 3, 2012, when he and his friends ventured out at 3am to adorn a Yangon street with a portrait of a grinning Barack Obama He remembers...

No 2. Art Area: a sanctuary for Yangon’s new generation of street artists

Photo exhibition complicates human-elephant relationship

The Anglo-Burmese wars are usually remembered for their casualties – human lives and Burmese independence But the British Empire’s colonization of Burma also had a creative...

Photo exhibition complicates human-elephant relationship

Artist Chuu Wai Nyein smirks at the patriarchy

Chuu Wai Nyein was 18 years old when she went for a motorbike ride that would carry her to her station in the fight against sexism As she rode through the streets of Mandalay one...

Artist Chuu Wai Nyein smirks at the patriarchy

Aung Ko solo exhibition captures the colors of the Ayeyawady

If there’s anything Aung Ko can do better than anyone, it’s capture the beauty of daily life on the Ayeyawady River Aung Ko spent much of his life on the river, and now at his...

Aung Ko solo exhibition captures the colors of the Ayeyawady

Bangkok gallery hosts “No. 136”: A Rohingya Photography Exhibition 

One Bangkok gallery is now hosting a photography project by award-winning photo activist Saiful Huq Omi that documents the lives of members of a group Myanmar does not include...

Bangkok gallery hosts “No. 136”: A Rohingya Photography Exhibition 

T-shirt bearing Suu Kyi’s painting gets auctioned off for $46,000

How much would you pay for a t-shirt US$10 $15 How about $46,000 No How about if it was super rare and one-of-a-kind and had been signed by the Lady herself If your answer is...

T-shirt bearing Suu Kyi’s painting gets auctioned off for $46,000

Celebrate free speech with Poetry Corner this Thursday

Poetry Corner is coming to Yangon this Thursday, and they want you to join in its celebration of poetry, free speech and reconciliation The group's first event will be held at...

Celebrate free speech with Poetry Corner this Thursday

The duo behind the Kite Tales talks about their upcoming exhibition

Last month, on October 17, Thin Lei Win and Kelly Macnamara officially launched The Kite Tales website On December 8, just under two months after the launch, The Kite Tales...

The duo behind the Kite Tales talks about their upcoming exhibition

Cartoonist’s impression of Myanmar women’s struggles wins worldwide attention

When 22-year-old Nyan Kyal Say is not working as a surgeon, he spends his time making award-winning animated films that capture the struggles of daily life in Myanmar The...

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.