“Their participation will be a first in the city’s history,” said U Kyaw San Myint, who sits on the festival committee of the Mandalay City Development Committee.
Nyo Win Pe's paintings depict the simple life of rural Myanmar — village pagoda festivals, novice monks, buffalo herders, bazaars.
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The attendance of an estimated 2,000 people at Thakin Mya Park was a sign of change in a predominantly Buddhist country where traditionalism is strong and homosexuality is a crime.
“Every year we aim to make our festival as fabulous as ever, and this year is going to be the one to beat," said co-director Jan Willem van Rooij.
Due to the state’s massive promotional efforts, the festival is expected to attract 100 million to 150 million people, including one million foreign tourists over eight weeks.
This year’s event is less about travel deals, more about a cultural experience, organizers say
Documentary on a mother’s plight in Bagan, short film on Mrauk Oo protest among prizewinners