Ten Things to Do in Rangoon This Week

By Wei Yan Aung 29 March 2016

eventThe Irrawaddy picks 10 interesting events happening in Rangoon this week.

Performing Arts

PuppetMwathirika Performance by Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Mwathirika is an Indonesian puppet show which tells the story of transition to military rule in the country in the mid-1960s. Even though Indonesia has undergone democratic reforms, the topic of the massacres of political dissidents at that time is still largely taboo. Papermoon Theatre will perform the show—which is told from the perspective of a child—twice in Burma: in Rangoon at the Goethe Villa and at a puppet festival in Mandalay.

Where: Goethe Villa, No. 8 Ko Min Ko Chin Road, Bahan Tsp.

When: Tuesday, March 29. Starts at 6:30 pm

kHin Mg HtooKhin Maung Htoo Concert

To mark the 40th anniversary of his musical career, singer Khin Maung Htoo will stage a solo show titled ‘Golden Music Night.’ Famous singers such as May Sweet, May Kha Lar, Sein Moh Moh, Hay Mar Nay Win will join him. Ticket prices are 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 kyats, respectively.

Where: National Theater at Myoma Kyaung Road, Dagon Tsp: 01-382489

When: Saturday, April 2. Starts at 7 pm

Free ShowFree Show – Fundraising

Dozens of artists, singers and comedians will be at a fundraising free show dedicated to orphans and children with disabilities. Special sales will be held alongside the show to raise money for the cause.

Where: Myaw Sin Kyun, Kandawgyi Park

When: On Friday, April 1. Special sales begin at 11 a.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m.


Myanmar Book CentreBook Buffet

Myanmar Book Center will hold a ‘book buffet’ and clearance sale for readers. Buyers can buy two different sizes of bags for 15,000 and 25,000 kyats, respectively, to fill with books they like. Reference books in English and children’s books will also be specially discounted, and others available at a 15 percent discount for members and 10 percent for non-members.

Where: Myanmar Book Center, No. 55, Baho Street, Ahlon Tsp. Tel: 09-73015993

When: Friday, April 1 until Sunday, April 3.

AcademyAcademy Awards Ceremony

The Academy Award presentation ceremony will be held for 2014 and 2015 films. The winners will be selected from a total of 27 films over the two years.

Where: Myanmar Event Park on Shin Saw Pu Road, Sanchaung Tsp. 

When: The evening of Sunday, April 3

Visual Arts

Chin WomanMarked for Life

German photographer Jens-Uwe Parkitny will exhibit photos from a series of expeditions to remote villages in southern Chin State. The portraits record the traditional, but now prohibited, practice of facial tattooing among the ethnic Chin community.

Where: Goethe Villa, No. 8 Ko Min Ko Chin Road, Bahan Tsp.

When: Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 8

Colourful P LColorful Paung Laung Exhibition

A group art exhibition entitled ‘Colorful Paung Laung’ will feature over 90 works by 17 artists from Naypyidaw’s Pyinmana. Prices for the work range from US$100 to $700. Paintings include works in watercolor, oil paint, ink, pastel, digital art and more.

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

When: Sunday, March 27 to Thursday, March 31. Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The HarmoniesThe Harmonies Exhibition

Twelve artists will showcase their work in a group art exhibition entitled ‘The Harmonies.’ The exhibition will feature around 60 paintings.

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

When: Saturday, April 2 to Tuesday, April 5. Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

HopeHope Exhibition

An art exhibition called ‘Hope’ will showcase over 100 paintings by young artists. The show is the third of its kind and paintings range in price from 50,000 kyats to 250,000 kyats.

Where: Gallery 65, 65 Yaw Min Gyi St, Dagon Tsp. Tel: 01 246317

When: Saturday, April 2 to Monday, April 4

March in ColourMarch in Colour Exhibition

Titled ‘March in Colour,’ this group art exhibition will feature 258 paintings by 39 artists. Prices range from US$150 to $6,000 for the works.

Where: Golden Valley Art Centre, No 54.D Bahan Tsp. Tel: 01-513621  

When: Sunday, March 26 to Thursday, March 31