For three weeks during February and March this year, the Yangon Art & Heritage Festival took over some of the city’s streets, public spaces and even some private homes bringing art to the public eye.
The plan for the festival originally came about when British Ambassador Andrew Patrick approached Jose Abad requesting that he curate an exhibition promoting the heritage of the city and involving community art. Jose had bigger plans and suggested an entire art festival made by and for the people of Yangon.
Artist Aung Aung Taik is a native of Yangon whose paintings have been exhibited in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and Myanmar. In December he returned to exhibit a collection of his latest paintings alongside the work of Nandar Maung in a joint exhibition‘Nexus’ held in the Ahla Thit Gallery. The show featured a series of Aung Aung Taik’s intensely colourful and abstract paintings, which masterfully blend harmony and chaos to reflect the country’s bustling street scenes.
My Magical Myanmar spoke to him at the gallery on New University Avenue during his exhibition last month.
Indie music in Myanmar has yet to really take off, but that hasn’t stopped local talent The Peacist from trying, and gaining a growing following.
The band, which will release its debut album this month, played its most recent gig at the Yangon Yangon Rooftop bar.
The small acoustic concert titled 9 Night recording, drew an audience who, though unfamiliar with the songs, waved emphatically in appreciation.
"We weren’t going to let that stop us sampling the town’s evening delights"
Music bursts from the entrance of the Sky Bistro at the top of Sakura Tower. Past the smokers congregated in the corridor and the two young women stamping wrists at the entrance, the entrance to Sky Bistro offers a view of the downtown Yangon skyline pierced by the spires of golden pagodas and coloured by neon lighting beyond the images of party guests reflected in its windows like bodies floating in the night.
All Bagan hotels will have to relocate to a specially designated hotel zone 4, located beside the Bagan-Kyaukpadaung road, after 10 years, the Myanmar Times reports.Quoting Sai Kyaw Ohn, deputy minister of hotels and tourism and a member of the Heritage Management Committee, it says the decision will particularly hit the owners of 42 hotels, inns and guesthouses, some of them still under construction.