Festival Celebrating Rangoon Life to Begin Next Month

By The Irrawaddy 20 February 2015

RANGOON — An art festival celebrating the beauty of Rangoon and the everyday rhythms of its residents will be held across the city next month.

The Yangon Art and Heritage Festival will be held from Mar. 1-22 and will be open to all members of the public free of charge.

“This is the very first festival of its kind aiming to show [Rangoon’s] people their cultural legacy through community and art,” said Htein Lin at a press conference on Friday.

Artists from Burma and abroad will share their works with the people of Rangoon through participatory art workshops. The festival will exhibit winning entrants from a photography competition, install artwork on a public bus reflecting the daily lives of commuters, and exhibit film compilations on the history of street food featuring interviews with local chefs.

More than a dozen art galleries will participate in the festival under the banner of ‘My Yangon My Home’.

“In keeping with the theme, I will put around 50 paintings on display which depict the old architecture of Rangoon and its street life,” said Ko Sid, founder of the Myanmar Ink Art Gallery.

The Yangon Art and Heritage Festival is supported by the British Embassy in Rangoon and will be curated by both local and international artists.