Yangon Art Heritage Festival Kicks Off

By Rik Glauert 24 February 2017

RANGOON —Two weeks of public art events across the city for the second Yangon Art Heritage Festival kick off on Saturday afternoon with a human art installation, poetry readings, and music at Maha Bandoola Park in the heart of Rangoon.

The festival—also known as My Yangon My Home—runs from Saturday until March 12 with a program of art installations in public space, pop-up art exhibitions, gallery tours, film screenings, and workshops.

With this year’s theme of “Memories, Objects and Spaces,” festival curators Htein Lin Aung, Myat Htay, Nathalie Johnston, Phyu Mon wanted to celebrate “Rangoon as a contemporary city, rooted in tradition,” according to organizers.

The festival was originally initiated by Andrew Patrick, British Ambassador to Burma, along with Jose Abad Lorente, director of Abadi Art Space.

A highlight of this year’s program is La Casa, which brings contemporary art into the city’s usually closed heritage homes.

To best experience Gallery Day on March 4th, Rangoonites can download the iDiscover app to navigate special exhibitions at downtown galleries and myriad installations around the city.