Yangon Timeout

By The Irrawaddy 7 March 2019

Art, Nature & Heritage of Inle: Artist Residency Exhibition

After completing residency programs at Inle Lake in January, four Myanmar artists are displaying the artwork they created at the lake. See the paintings, sculpture and photography of Sai Htin Linn, Htet Myo Htut Aung (Pinky), Pyae Phyo Thet Paing and Aung Thu Phyo who were asked to represent the natural landscape, culture and traditions of Inle through their work. This event is held in conjunction with My Yangon My Home, The Loft Hotel and Inle Lake View Resort and Spa.

March 1 to 9 | The Loft Hotel | No. 33, Yaw Min Gyi Street, Dagon 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

Live Music with New Direction

Atlas Rooftop Bar and Lounge continues to keep us entertained and relaxed on Friday evenings when we have the chance to wind down after the busy week and clink glasses with friends to toast to the weekend. Live music will be provided by New Direction who will play pop hits in this breezy rooftop setting.

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

Korea Day

For those of you who love everything Korean, get yourselves to Lotte Hotel this weekend. This event organized by the Myanmar-Korea Tourism Development Working Group is all about promoting Korea’s food, culture and tourism. There will be a photo booth with traditional Korean outfits all weekend and live performance by Project K, Rose Quartz and Key on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. Famous Myanmar travel blogger May Zune Win of I Love Traveling will be there to give tips on traveling to Korea and Nu Myat Theingi Oo of Nu Myat Around the World travel blog will give a talk about why you should travel to Korea on Sunday afternoon.

March 9 and 10 | Sapphire Ballroom | Lotte Hotel Yangon, 6½ Mile, Pyay Road, Hlaing Township

Women’s Rights Week Outdoor Screening

To conclude the French Institute’s week-long event schedule as part of International Women’s Day, there will be a screening of the French film “The One” which is about the challenges women face in their professional lives. The film is in French with English subtitles.

March 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Institut Français de Birmanie | 340, Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township

‘Bent Nails’ Performance Art

The performance art scene in Yangon is certainly growing and is supported in no small part by independent contemporary art gallery Myanm/art. Well-established artist Zoncy will collaborate with the Thinkers for a final performance before jetting to Germany for her next artist residency program. The image of “bent nails” offsets the theme of mistakes and perhaps even regret: “Bent nails make me think of mistakes, or that which cannot be corrected again without a time machine.”

March 9 | 6 p.m. | Myanm/art | 3FL, 98 Bogalayzay Street, Botahtaung Township

Live Music with Ruthless Jambalaya

Union Bar & Grill will be the venue for live music on Saturday evening by a trio of musicians who are well-known in the Yangon live music and open-mic scene. They play jazzy funk music with a smattering of blues that will have you tapping your toes, shaking your hips or taking to the floor to dance the evening away.

March 9 | 8 p.m. | Union Bar & Grill | 42 Strand Road, Botahtaung Township

Level 2 Sessions House & Techno

Level 2 Sessions is a regular club night which showcases the best house and techno DJ talent in Yangon. This Saturday night, Karl Ross, Lion Grünenberg and Yu KT will play “eclectic and underground-oriented music” at Level 2, a Yangon nightclub with top quality sound and lighting and a true underground club atmosphere. Tickets are 8,000 kyats and include a free beer.

March 9 | 11 p.m. | Level 2 | Compound of Yangon International Hotel, Corner of Ahlone Road and Pyay Road, Dagon Township

3 Issues 3 Acts

Students of Parami Institute will perform three short plays which they have also written and directed themselves. The plays deal with real issues facing young adults like themselves and others in Myanmar today. Titled “Slash and Burn,” “Phantom Coercion” and “Legacy,” the students developed their scripts through research and interviews, and workshops with professional performers and directors.

March 10 | 7 p.m. | Parami Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Shwe Gone Plaza, Intersection of Kabar Aye Pagoda Road and Shwe Gone Daing Road, Bahan Township

G Talk: Little by Little

Julie Garnier, founder of Lilla clothing company, will give a talk about “slow fashion,” discussing why and how our clothing choices make a difference to the environment. This is the third session of G Talk, a regular seminar event which is organized to share knowledge and inspire people of Yangon.

March 11 | 5 p.m. | Hotel G | 5 Alan Pya Pagoda Street, Dagon Township

Wathann Animation Workshop

Organized by the Wathann Filmfest and The Japan Foundation, this workshop in Burmese language takes place over five full days and offers a unique chance to learn about animation for children’s cartoons. Three top Japanese animators will share their skills with budding animation artists and incorporating culture into cartoons will be a central theme.

March 13 to 17 | Film Development Center | No. 50, Golden Valley Road, Bahan Township