Portrait of Myanmar’s ‘Buddhist Bin Laden’ chills Cannes

by Fiachra Gibbons / AFP Barbet Schroeder spent months with Ugandan dictator Idi Amin at the height of his power, when corpses would wash up every morning on the shores of Lake Victoria and Kampala was rife with rumours that he was eating his opponents. But in his decades of documenting evil, the veteran Swiss filmmaker

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5th Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival kicks off on June 14

The film festival that once gave away tattoos spelling out the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is coming back for its fifth run in 2017. This year’s Human Rights Human...

5th Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival kicks off on June 14

Myanmar stunt bikers dazzle on Yangon’s streets

Skidding and screeching across the concrete the young bikers perform a carefully choreographed dance of gravity-defying stunts, a dazzling display of Myanmar’s thriving...

Myanmar stunt bikers dazzle on Yangon’s streets

All-women hip-hop dance group Swaggers Company is coming to Myanmar

The hip-hop dance crew that has been battling its way across France for the last eight years is coming to Myanmar to spread the message that “women can own the place.”...

All-women hip-hop dance group Swaggers Company is coming to Myanmar

Ninjas are coming to Yangon and Mandalay next week

Ninjas from the Rai Fu Jin ninja squad will be performing and holding ninjutsu workshops in Yangon and Mandalay next week. The events are hosted by the Japan Cultural House and...

Ninjas are coming to Yangon and Mandalay next week

[VIDEO] Watch Soulja Boy ‘Crank That’ in Yangon to promote UnderDawg Festival

 Soulja Boy blessed the stage at Yangon’s Junction City today while promoting the Road to UnderDawg Festival, which kicks off tomorrow night at The Vibe. With dozens of fans...

[VIDEO] Watch Soulja Boy ‘Crank That’ in Yangon to promote UnderDawg Festival

New photography exhibit explores the diversity of Yangon storefronts

What’s the most beautiful thing in Yangon? The puppies, the pagodas, the inside of Marketplace by City Mart – those are the easy answers. But for one photographer, the answer...

New photography exhibit explores the diversity of Yangon storefronts

[VIDEO] Myanmar’s skate punks break free from a repressed society

After years of repression, the government of Myanmar has started to loosen its on grip on society. Now, a once isolated society is finally getting a taste of the outside world,...

[VIDEO] Myanmar’s skate punks break free from a repressed society

Celebrate (belated) World Book Day at the British Council center tomorrow

World Book Day might’ve already passed (the official day was yesterday on April 23), but the British Council center in Yangon is celebrating it a few days late, and parents,...

Celebrate (belated) World Book Day at the British Council center tomorrow

Enter Yangon hip hop’s underground lair with Youk $hi

The road to hip hop stardom in Myanmar is paved with roses and teddy bears. To get on the radio, a rapper has to appeal to the lovesick masses with gentle rhymes about crushes and...

Enter Yangon hip hop’s underground lair with Youk $hi

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.