Yangon Timeout

By Danny Fenster 27 June 2019

Apps and Beers, Ep. 5

Do you like digital tech and drinking beer? Impact Hub Yangon, in Yaw Min Gyi, hosts this series of interactive feedback events for digital app entrepreneurs and those that want to test their early-stage app prototypes, then offer feedback. For beer. That’s a pretty hard deal to beat. Topics to be discussed include app UI/UX and defining and marketing to the right end user. Once enough feedback has been given and enough beer has been drunk, a networking session will follow.

June 27 | 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Impact Hub Yangon | Yaw Min Gyi Ward, Royal Towers, C8, Rm. 202, Dagon Township

Mangoes of Myanmar

Are you mad about Mangoes? Parasol Café, the farm-to-table eatery and bar that has recently taken occupancy of the open-air dining space at the Institut Français de Birmanie, wants to celebrate the fruit with you in all its variety. “Across Myanmar,” they write, “the fruit is prepared a variety of ways from raw green to ripe yellow, pickled to dried, dipped in chilli salt, matched with pork in a curry, or simply enjoyed ripe off the tree!” It will be the new café’s first farm-to-table tasting menu, including a four-course meal of mango prepared seven different ways and a discussion of the fruit’s varietals and social history. Tickets 30,000 kyats.

June 28 | 7 p.m. | Parasol Café | Inside the Institut Francais de Birmanie, 340, Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township 

Harmonica Blues by Christian Maury

Have the rains got you down? From the Mississippi to the Irrawaddy, nothing soothes the soul like the sound of the blues. Come listen to harmonica maestro Christian Maury, backed by the Where is Charlie band—a collective of Myanmar and Southeast Asian musicians led by Swiss artist Charles-David Hay—play your blues away. A refined menu of food and drinks will be available for purchase in the elegant Newsroom Café Deli, at the base of the Yangon Excelsior hotel, downtown. No cover.

June 28 | 7 p.m. | The Newsroom Café Deli | No. 19/43, Bo Sun Pat Street, Pabedan Township, Yangon

The Strangers

Fittingly, the Japan Foundation and the Goethe-Institut have collaborated on a theater and dance performance about the experience of facing cultural difference, exploring variants of both empathy and antipathy in such situations. Entitled The Strangers, the German-Asian collaboration grew out of a partnership with the Geothe-Institut Osaka and the international theater festival ricca ricca*fest Okinawa. The non-verbal performance includes a cast drawn from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia, and is described as “an honest and courageous look at the human condition” that asks how we find ourselves in others. It is “an optimistic call for understanding and trust in an age of profound changes in society all over the world.”

June 29 | 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. | Goethe-Institut Myanmar | Corner of Kabar Aye Pagoda Road and Nat Mauk Street, Bahan Township

Slam Express 11 Poetry Open Mic

Anything goes at this spoken word open mic—poets of verse and prose, slam poets, storytellers, singer-songwriters, performance in Burmese or in English. While begun with a focus on slam poetry, Slam Express is committed to free expression and social change through poetry of any kind. Held at the cultural hub of Pansuriya, those too shy to share are encouraged to come show support regardless. No cover.

June 29 | Doors at 6 p.m. | Pansuriya | 100 Bogalayzay Street, Botahtaung Township

JAM IT! Prison Release Party

Veteran Yangon punks Kultureshock return to the scene Saturday night with a Prison Release Party concert, in association with the independent music collaborative and record label JAM IT! In addition to fellow JAM IT! label mates No U Turn, Abnormal December and Sonn Boon, the concert will also showcase two new bands they describe as pop-punk: Why Not? and The River Side. Tickets 5,000 kyats.

June 29 | Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. | The Gallery 9 Café & Restaurant | No. 9 Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, Golden Valley Ward 2, Bahan Township

Grrrl Power // All Female Concert

Organized by the Goethe-Institut and Turning Tables Myanmar—an organization that uses the creative arts of music and film to enrich lives in marginalized communities —this free, all-female concert features 10 musical acts and about as many genres: pop-rockers The Myth, female-fronted metalcore crew Maze of Mara, rapper Triple A, singer-songwriter Youn Ni Ko and more. No cover.

June 30 | Doors at 5 p.m., show at 6 p.m. | Goethe-Institut | Corner of Kabar Aye Pagoada Road and Nat Mauk Street, Bahan Township

Parami Talk Series: Service as the Foundation of Leadership*

In this month’s installment of the ongoing Parami Talk Series event, Daw Haymar Maung will speak on the topic of “Service as the Foundation for Leadership.” Daw Haymar Maung, president of the Rotary Club of Yangon, will discuss “the meaning and practice of good leadership and the importance of giving back,” keeping in mind three essential qualities: humility, clarity, and courage.

*This talk is in Burmese

June 30 | 6:15 p.m. | Parami Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Shwe Gone Plaza, intersection of Kabar Aye Pagoda Road and Shwe Gone Daing Road, Bahan Township