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 festival’s 12th year running in the scenic town in Mandalay Region. The festival will be held at the 437-acre National Kandawgyi Botanical Garden, which ...

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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...

Myanmar cartoonists lead media-jeering as Rohingya flee

Myanmar cartoonists lead media-jeering as Rohingya flee

Cartoons taking aim at Rohingya Muslims are spreading rapidly across social media in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where public opinion on the crisis stands in stark contrast to the...

New art series celebrates the beauty in Myanmar daily life

New art series celebrates the beauty in Myanmar daily life

American artist and designer McKenna Kemp first visited Myanmar a year and a half ago, not knowing the country would end up playing host to the next chapter of her life. In the...

Meet the woman behind the first Burmese translation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘We Should All Be Feminists’

Meet the woman behind the first Burmese translation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘We Should All Be Feminists’

For the first time since its publication in 2014, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists will be translated into Myanmar language. Adapted from Adichie’s 2012...

Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Irrawaddy Literary Festival

Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Irrawaddy Literary Festival

If you’ve got nothing to do during the first weekend of November, might we suggest taking a short flight — or going on a classic road trip — to Mandalay? Why? Well, in...

Blacklisted photographer releases touching video covering 9 years of Rohingya statelessness

Blacklisted photographer releases touching video covering 9 years of Rohingya statelessness

Photographer Greg Constantine has dedicated a decade of his life to exposing the tragedy of statelessness. His photos capture the trauma and hopelessness that afflict the millions...

‘Let My Voice Be Heard’ showcases photos by displaced youth in Kachin State

‘Let My Voice Be Heard’ showcases photos by displaced youth in Kachin State

The exhibition ‘Let My Voice Be Heard’ showcases a selection of photographs produced through a participatory photography project with young people displaced by the conflict in...


 

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.