The Irrawaddy

Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week

Music Unlimited

End the week bopping to tunes from more than a dozen of Burma’s most garlanded singers, at the Mya Yeik Nyo Hotel. Seats cost between 20,000 and 100,000 kyats; standing tickets available for 8,000 kyats, at call center-1876.

Where: Mya Yeik Nyo Hotel, Bahan Tsp.

When: Friday, October 21 (starts at 6 pm)

 Aung Yin’s 32

Burmese singer Aung Yin will celebrate the 32nd anniversary of his musical career, in concert with other famous singers at Burma’s handsome (to some) national auditorium. Tickets available for between 20,000 and 50,000 kyats. Call 09-451010 789, 09-965010 789, or 09-7820 97436.

Where: National Theater, Myoma Kyaung Street.

When: Saturday, October 22 (starts at 7 pm)

Party Night

Like dancing around like an idiot on Friday nights? Good, because Muse Bar is putting on an electronic dance music (EDM) party, featuring locally known (and impeccably named) DJ acts such as The Kendrick and The Bugbears, plus a special live performance from pop-star Ah-Moon. No extra charges for the party, beyond what you usually pay to get in.

Where: Muse Bar, No. 330 Alone Road, Dagon Township, Yangon International Hotel Compound

When: Friday, October 21 (starts at 10.00 pm)     

Irrawaddy River Art Festival

Burma’s oddball National Museum will play host to talks, music shows, and art and photography displays on the subject of the Irrawaddy, Burma’s most important river, also known as the Ayeyarwady. You can check out King Thibaw’s old throne in the museum’s permanent collection, while you’re at it.

Where: National Museum, Pyay Road

When: Sunday, October 23 to Sunday, October 30

Myanmar 1st Affordable Housing Expo

Being overcharged for your dank Rangoon apartment? Well, the Construction and Housing Development Bank (CHDB) and the Ministry of Construction are jointly putting on a showcase of (purportedly) low-priced apartments available in Rangoon and elsewhere in Burma, with CHDB telling the punters about mortgages.

Where: MICT Park, Hlaing Campus, University of Yangon, Hlaing Tsp.

When: Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23

4th Natural Friends

More than 20 artists from the Danubyu Artists Association will showcase over 100 paintings, with scenic landscapes and portraits reflecting Burma’s ethnic diversity.

Where: Myanmar Artists Organization (Central), Bogyoke Market

When: Wednesday, October 19 to Sunday, October 23

Traveling with Art

A group exhibition, featuring over 30 oil and acrylic paintings by six artists depicting the obscure site of Bagan and other areas of rural Burma.

Where: Lokanat Galleries, 62 Pansodan St, 1st Floor, Kyauktada Tsp. Tel. 095-1382-269

When: Friday, October 21 to Tuesday, October 25

Waves

Another group art exhibition, situated within a characterful colonial-era villa on Yaw Min Gyi, with around 50 paintings on various themes by six artists: U Hla Tun, U Win Sein, Ko Shine Lu, Triangle Tun Naing, Wi Le Linn and Nyi Htun.

Where: Gallery 65, No. 65 Yaw Min Gyi Road, Dagon Tsp.

When: Saturday, October 22 to Wednesday, October 26

Merry Dance of Mother & Kids

Artist Aung Khaing’s merrily titled solo show, featuring 43 paintings on ebullient themes. The artist will be performing demonstrations. Get on your (figurative) dancing shoes.

Where: Think Art Gallery, No. 23 Nawaday Street, Dagon Tsp.

When: Saturday, October 22 to Saturday, October 29

Sunset

Rangoon-based photographer Linaung Pyae’s second solo exhibition. Stop by for glimpses of beautiful sunsets from across Burma, if you’re into that sort of thing (and who isn’t?).

Where: Wired on 39 Gallery, 39th Street

When: Friday, October 21 to Saturday, November 5