Yangon Timeout

By The Irrawaddy 28 February 2019

Thar Nge IV Trio Live

This three-person live act is the latest edition of Myanmar’s famous band The Four. Headed by the much-loved and talented Thar Nge, they will play a set of relaxing acoustic and blues favorites at Atlas’ breezy rooftop venue for an ideal wind down with friends and drinks on Friday evening.

March 1 | 8 p.m. | Atlas Rooftop Bar & Lounge | Uniteam Building, 84 Pan Hlaing Street, Sanchaung Township |

Farmers Festival

At this weekend’s very popular Farmers Market, enjoy a series of special events aimed at celebrating “the hardworking backbone of this country that makes up 70% of the labor force”, the farmers. As well as the usual stalls selling fresh, natural, local produce, the lineup of events includes chances to attend cooking demonstrations, a fermenting workshop, a kids’ scavenger hunt, a lucky draw and music.

March 2 | 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Karaweik Gardens | Kandawgyi Nature Park, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township

Parami Talks Series: Reforms and Challenges

This edition of the regular Parami Talks events organized by Parami Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences will feature an important and influential figurehead of Myanmar’s economy. Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) under the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations will share his experiences in leading reforms in Myanmar, promoting investment in the country and the challenges that come with international investments. The talk will be in English and registration is recommended.

March 2 | 6:30 p.m. | Parami Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Shwe Gone Plaza, Intersection of Kabar Aye Pagoda Road and Shwe Gone Daing Road, Bahan Township

Consume: Installation by Myint Soe

This is an art installation by renowned artist Myint Soe on the topic of consumption. The exhibition runs for a week and the opening ceremony will take place at the gallery between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

March 2 to 8 | Nawaday Tharlar Gallery | Room No. 304, 20/B, Yaw Min Gyi Street, Dagon Township

Open Lab: Yogyakarta Meets Yangon

As part of the Space Exchange program organized by Myanm/art and sponsored by Myanm/art, the Japan Foundation Yangon and Noise in Yangon, two Indonesian art stars have come to Yangon. Curator Grace Samboh and artist Togar will create an open studio at Myanm/art and discuss the intersections of art, poetry and music.

March 2 | 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Myanm/art | 3FL, 98 Bogalayzay Street, Botahtaung Township

Women’s Rights Week at the French Institute

The French Institute will host a week-long event schedule as part of International Women’s Day on March 8. Myanmar artist Chuu Wei Nyein will have an art exhibition focusing on women’s empowerment throughout the week. On Tuesday there will be documentary screenings on women and peace in Myanmar which opens with a performance by Ma Ei. Thursday and Friday will have see the ground-breaking international play The Vagina Monologues told with a local twist. And on Saturday, a screening of French film, The One (English subtitles).

March 4 to 9 | Institut Français de Birmanie | 340, Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township |

Open Data Day

Phandeeyar will begin hosting a series of events called Civic Tech Talks and this is the first event lineup in which Yangon joins the rest of the world in marking an international Open Data Day. The event is co-hosted by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Phandeeyar, and The Asia Foundation will bring international and local data actors together for panel discussions, case studies discussions, and knowledge sharing sessions. Registration required.

March 4 | 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Phandeeyar | 10th Floor, Royal Riverview Condo, 628/636 Merchant Road

Yangoods Academy

This is an event for designers who are looking to gain knowledge from industry experts, to get insights into fashion careers or to bring Myanmar fashion to the rest of the world. A professor of apparel design and merchandising from Seattle Pacific University, USA, Dr. Jaeil Lee will talk about careers in the global fashion industry. Yangoods brand manager Hadrien Amezza will speak on the topic of fashion beyond clothing. RVSP recommended.

March 4 | 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Pansuriya | 100 Bogalayzay Street, Botahtaung Township

Myanmore Awards Night

This is one of the biggest events of the year for the dining and nightlife industry in Myanmar and this year, Myanmore is said to have added a travel awards section to the lineup. The biggest movers and shakers in Yangon and beyond will be commended for their hard work and talent. Awards include Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year to name a few. The glamourous event has a “black and silver” dress code and tickets ($50) include a three-course meal.

March 6 | 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Novotel Hotel | Pyay Road, Kamayut Township

JCI Inya Kick Off Party

This event marks the launch of JCI Inya, the Myanmar chapter of Junior Chamber International. The nonprofit group is aimed at gathering 18 to 40 year olds for working together to embracing new ideas to create positive transformations in the local community.

March 6 | 9 p.m. | 50th Street Restaurant & Bar | 9/13 50th Street (Lower Block), Botahtaung Township

Saudades Art Exhibition

Four artists from across the world will exhibit their work at Gallery 65 for four days. The collective works of artists Ardy Timmer-Cuijpers (Netherlands), Mafi Espirito Santo (Portugal/ S Africa), Sandar Khaing (Myanmar), and Zun Ei Phyu (Myanmar) will be shown. Saudade in Portuguese is a key emotion word that conveys “a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.” The four artists explore, recollect, re-enact and retrace what has since passed but remains alive in their consciousness.

March 7 to 10 | Gallery 65 | No. 65, Yaw Min Gyi Road, Dagon Township