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Festival guide: August 2019

Here are the two famous festivals happening in Mandalay, Myanmar this month. Taung Pyone Festival Taung Pyone...

Chasing the dreams: Nobel Aung

An Animator Nobel Aung shares the journey of finding himself in the fantasy dreamworld of Myanmar’s animation panorama. A butterfly wings into no direction, a boy chasing it desperately...

Rangoon Rhythm: San Thu Aung

By Alec Wilmot Budding new star on the Myanmar pop scene, San Thu Aung is a shy young man with a charming smile and an easy manner. He’s...

Shartra: The Nature of Fashion

From winning two TV talent shows to being inspired by the lotus weavers of Inle Lake, Shartra’s rise from unknown dreamer to innovative fashion icon has been anything but conventional. As he prepares to...

Christina Kyi: Behind the scenes

Christina Kyi’s rise from unknown filmmaker to household name was a slow burning fuse – but one that eventually detonated a fireworks display. Rumours of her debut film Mudras Calling first circulated in 2014...

Mixologist column: Community, not competition

In the last month, I’ve been approached by several people reminding me that I have competition in Yangon. The majority of these folks, possibly in jest or maybe in all seriousness, have been aiming...

Prime Rib review: ’50-dollar steaks with a side of foie gras’

The Prime Rib is a fancy hipster bolthole serving up steaks, oysters, fine wine and other luxury fare at eye-watering prices on Kabar Aye Pagoda road. I suspect this is the place oil and...

New Dishes at 50th Street

Long-time refuge of uplifting burgers 50th Street has transcended from Western comfort food to sophisticated gastronomy with some blitzing new additions to its menu. New chef Matthew Boloten, a Canadian native previously of Chom Chom...

Myanmar Prepares for ‘Biggest’ Fashion Week

Myanmar’s style icons and fashionistas should brace themselves for three days of catwalk glamour when Myanmar International Fashion Week arrives in Yangon from December 8 to 9.  The event is the brainchild of John Lwin,...

A Walk to Remember: The Yangon Heritage Trust

The Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT), strategically located on Strand Street, offers tourists and history buffs with two routes down Yangon’s memory lane. The tour, available in both English...