By Marie Starr 23 May 2019
Bart Was Not Here: God Complex
This is the first solo show by young Myanmar artist Bart Was Not Here (Kyaw Moe Khine) who graduated from Singapore’s Lasalle College of the Arts last year. As the artist’s statement reads, “God Complex is a place of unapologetic personal perspective. It is a fictional world born out of a collision of art and ego.” This is also the first art show to be held at Myanm/art’s new space.
May 18 to June 12 | Myanm/art | Urban Asia Center, 48th Street, Botahtaung Township
Maung Di Art Exhibition—Eyes of Inner Mind Series
Renowned veteran artist Maung Di will have a solo show at Ahla Thit from Thursday. With the simple artist statement of “I see. I know. I understand.” it is for the viewer to come to the gallery themselves and experience the art, interpreting it in their own way.
May 23 to 27 | Ahla Thit Art Gallery | No.17, University Avenue Road, Bahan Township
2019 Korea Expo
This is an annual four-day event promoting Korean products and organized by the Korean Association in Myanmar. The event is an opportunity to learn about Korean brands and connect with Korean companies. Free entry.
May 23 to 26 | Tatmadaw Convention Hall | U Wisara Road, Dagon Township
Found: Our Heritage, Our Future
Artist Htein Lin and architect Aung Soe Myint, in partnership with Yangon Heritage Trust and Slade Property Services, have launched a new exhibition titled “Found: Our Heritage, Our Future” which will be open to the public starting from this Saturday. The exhibition celebrates Yangon’s unique cultural heritage by revealing intimate connections between people, places, memories and historic objects. With items collected by the architect, this exhibition can tell the story of several key heritage buildings in Yangon. In some cases, these buildings are long gone. In others, they still stand today.
May 25 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Yangon Heritage Trust | 22/24, First Floor, Lower Pansodan Road, Kyauktada Township
For the Japan style fans in Yangon, this is a great opportunity to step into Japanese culture by trying out beautiful, traditional summer Japanese outfits. The yakuta will be provided by The Japan Foundation and both women’s and men’s styles are available to try on in two sessions—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Registration recommended.
May 25 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. | The Japan Foundation | No.70 Nat Mauk Lane 1, Bahan Township
This event is being organized with an aim of “promoting a sense of humanity and promoting values of humanity in Myanmar society.” It will feature a hip-hop section with seven of Myanmar’s hot hip-hop artists; a star-studded band line-up including Saw Phoe Khwar, Side Effect and Rebel Riot and live graffiti with Yangon’s Satan. Other acts include poetry, performance art, photography, art installation and the screening of documentary films. Free event.
May 25 | 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. | The Coriander Leaf | Yangon International Hotel, Ahlone Road, Dagon Township
The British Ball
Organized by the British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (BCCM), and with a theme of “Diamonds Are Forever and Casino Royale” for the dress code, this annual formal ball is set to be an evening of style and glamor. Tickets include dinner, dancing and live music performances. Tickets $100 for BCCM members and $125 for non-members.
May 25 | 6:15 p.m. to 1 a.m. | The Strand Ballroom | Strand Hotel, Strand Road
Sing Out Loud
The famous American men’s a cappella ensemble Spizzwinks comprised of undergraduate singers from Yale University on a world tour, return to Myanmar to join Gitameit Voices in concert. Gitameit Voices is Myanmar’s first secular men’s and women’s choir. Doors open 5:30 p.m.
May 26 | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. | The Yangon Gallery | People’s Park (Ahlone Road Entrance), Dagon Township
Water & Climate Change | Climate Talk Series #5
Conyat Create and Pansuriya partner to host this series of discussions on climate and the environment in Myanmar. This fifth discussion of the series will focus on rising sea levels and salt intrusion in Myanmar’s delta region which will be discussed by speaker Kyaw Nyunt Linn, project manager at The Water Agency. A second topic, climate change adaptation through freshwater and river management, will be discussed by Salai Thura Zaw, freshwater program officer at WWF Myanmar. Free entry.
May 27 | 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Pansuriya | 100 Bogalayzay Street, Botahtaung Township
G-Talk Yangon | Stimulate Creative & Regenerate the Cityscape
This episode of G-Talk Yangon will be about the benefits of street art in urban development and will offer an opportunity to meet the people behind, and willing to contribute, to YGN Walls. The three co-founders of YGN Walls, who are also speakers on the night, Delphine De Lorme, Alex Sithu and Alexandre Bertrand started the project to initiate an open-air gallery that will push people to discover the city through a new window, boost creativity and open-mindedness, and connect people through art. Free entry.
May 27 | 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Hotel G | 5 Alan Pya Pagoda Street, Dagon Township
NZMCC with Guest Speaker Daw Yin Myo Su
This is a networking event organized by the New Zealand-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and featuring a talk by Myanmar tourism strongwoman Daw Yin Myo Su. She will share her story of building an ethical business, heritage preservation, sustainable tourism and the importances of the development of skills in younger generations. New Zealand wine and canapes will be served. Tickets $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
May 28 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Novotel Yangon Max | 459 Pyay Road, Kamayut Township
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