Still undecided as to what to do with your spare time this week? Look no further, our 7 day guide to the most exciting events in Yangon this week will provide you with an array of options to suit your every mood.
Thursday 31st January
Final day of the Myanmar Power Summit, so if you’re going to that you can look forward to a day of post-summit workshops, where there will be talks on ‘Key Elements to a Sustainable IPP/PPA Deal’ and ‘Success & Failure: Lessons Learnt from Regional Developments’, to mention just a couple of the interesting talks you could be attending.
If you’re more of a book worm than a development enthusiast why not go to the opening day of the Book Fair which is being held at the National Theatre over the next four days.
Fancy doing something cultural tomorrow? Pop into Aramanthit Art Gallery, which is holding an exhibition featuring 17 artists’ works.
Why not end the day sipping delicious cocktails at Inya 1, whilst networking and hanging out on one of their beautiful teak terraces. And with 2 for 1 deals all night long, surely this is too good an opportunity to miss.
Friday 1st of February
The day we have all been waiting for… Opening day of the Irrawaddy Literature Festival! Months of preparation and planning and the day has finally arrived. Guests, press and authors have all flown in from around the globe to attend the first literature festival in Myanmar. It all kicks off at 10am with the opening ceremony on the Sunset terrace. For the full programme please see http://myanmore.wpengine.com/yangon/event/irrawaddy-literature-festival/
Spoil yourself with a well-deserved end of the week drink at The Strand’s all-night Happy Hour starting at 6pm. Word on the street is that Strand Sour is the best cocktail in town.
The networking & social event of the month, the British Club throws open its doors on the first Friday of the month to one and all. Expect a vibrant mix of Burmese professionals and expats alike.
Saturday 2nd of February
Want a break from the kids for an hour, whilst they get fit and healthy? Then Children’s Gym Classes are what you need. Every Saturday for an hour Omer takes an induction to gymnastics for children.
Get those creative juices bubbling; it’s the start of the 7 day advanced multimedia documentary photography workshop.
Run off the last of the Christmas bulge with the Hash running group every Saturday afternoon. Don’t let the thought of 2 hours running in this heat put you off, you can always walk it whilst taking in the scenery, surrounded by a fun group of people.
Check out the latest beats and essential rhythms from Yangon’s emerging hip hop and rock scene at the Y-Talk concert in Kandawgyi Park.
And of course it’s the second day of the Irrawaddy literature festival, highlights including, Desert Island Literature with Daw Suu.
Sunday 3rd of February
While away your afternoon at the Musical Expression for peace on Inya Lake, Pyay Road.
Final day of the Irrawaddy Literature Festival, so if you haven’t had the chance to get there already be sure to keep your day free to go along.
Monday 4th of February
If you can spare the time “THE RENDEZVOUS” South East Asian Urban Art Event is definitely not one to miss, it’s on till the 9th, so you’ve got no excuse not to get down there. It’s an urban art event that projects a direct reflection of the South East Asian society. It is also the collective art show for south East Asian emerging artists.
Pining for some western food? You’ll be pleased to know that 50th Street is doing a 2-for-1 pasta evening on Monday.
Tuesday 5th of February
Tuesday brings with it evenings at the beautiful Pansodan Gallery, where for a small donation you can sip on cold beer whilst feeling the breeze run through your hair on the balcony, chat to friends as well as meeting an array of new and interesting people.
One of Yangon’s most popular expat haunts, 50th street is putting on a Steak and wine night every Tuesday.
Wednesday 6th of February
For the linguists out there, there’s a French Literature Club on at 18-19.30 at the Institut Francais.
A brilliant exhibition on the Skateboarders of Yangon opens, get down there for 7.30 and you can also enjoy a compelling documentary on skateboarders in Yangon; Youth of Yangon. On till the 11th documentary viewings every evening at 7.30.
Wine Club at QP Inya shop can certainly brighten-up those mid-week blues. This week Austrian wines are on the menu.
New Restaurant Openings
Pa Pa Pizza
A quick gander on TripAdvisor tells you all you need to know about PaPa Pizza, as one reviewer puts it ‘The pizza is the best in the country & reasonably priced!’
So you’ll be pleased to know they’ve opened up a new branch downtown, it’s on Nawaday Road. Near Yam Min Gyi street, opposite Dagon 1 school, just off the main street 9B F1.
Wandering what pizza to choose..? Why not try out a new addition to the menu, the New York Slice 2000Kyat.