In Myanmar, the Vagina Monologues are as relevant as ever

More than 20 years have passed since The Vagina Monologues was created, and like an aging female celebrity in a sexist society, some are asking, “Aren’t you getting a bit too old to be relevant?” In Myanmar, the answer is a resounding “No!” In celebration of the 20th year anniversary of V-Day, a non-profit organization ...

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Musicians from stuffy Singapore seek creative freedom in Myanmar

Musicians from stuffy Singapore seek creative freedom in Myanmar

What are two English-singing Singaporean musicians to do when their ambitions outgrow their hometown? Try getting famous in Myanmar, of course. Zephyr Khambatta, a Singaporean...

Challenges and triumphs in Yangon urban photography

Challenges and triumphs in Yangon urban photography

Yangon may be better-known for red spit than for symmetry or skylines, but that hasn’t stopped young urban photographers from seeking its hidden beauty. “Either you love...

Feminist painter Chuu Wai Nyein is throwing three upcoming art parties

Feminist painter Chuu Wai Nyein is throwing three upcoming art parties

The feminist artist who once challenged the patriarchy by painting sexy ladies on men’s longyis is throwing a series of three parties this weekend to celebrate the opening of...

Painter Hla Tun wins top prize at American Art Awards

Painter Hla Tun wins top prize at American Art Awards

Myanmar painter Hla Tun received three honors at the American Art Awards last month, including one first-place award. Artists from over 50 countries competed in the...

‘Swedish Dads’ shows the joys of paternity leave to Yangon parents

‘Swedish Dads’ shows the joys of paternity leave to Yangon parents

An award-winning photo exhibition that documents the experiences of fathers who have taken advantage of Sweden’s relatively generous paternity leave laws has arrived in Yangon....

Pyin Oo Lwin Flower Festival to span entire month of December

Pyin Oo Lwin Flower Festival to span entire month of December

This year’s Pyin Oo Lwin Flower Festival will be lengthened from its usual two weeks to span the entire month of December, Myanmar state media announced today. This will be the...

Myanmar artists paint portraits of Mother Suu in response to international criticism

Myanmar artists paint portraits of Mother Suu in response to international criticism

A gathering of Myanmar artists came together yesterday to paint portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi in a gesture of solidarity with her leadership. Myanmar’s state counsellor has been...

Rakhine crisis riles roster at Irrawaddy Lit Fest

Rakhine crisis riles roster at Irrawaddy Lit Fest

International authors are reconsidering their attendance at the Irrawaddy Literature Festival in Mandalay next month in response to Myanmar’s displacement of Rohingya and the...

Oxford University hall takes down portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi

Oxford University hall takes down portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi

A portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi has been removed from the wall of Oxford University’s St. Hugh’s College, of which the current State Counsellor of Myanmar is a 1967 alumna. The...


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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.