Yangon hosted the 22nd World Police Band Concert on October 28.
The concert started from Strand Road at 8am along Sule Pagoda Road with police bands from host country Myanmar, as well as from Singapore, Vietnam and Japan entertaining the crowd.
The bands then played songs around Sule Pagoda and each band played songs in front of Sakura Tower.
Participants totalled 276 police musicians: 60 from Japan, 40 from Singapore, 40 from Vietnam and 136 from Myanmar.
Many people came to watch the bands play and the bands waved their hands to them.
“I like all four bands. I am glad that the concert is held for the first time in Myanmar,” said one woman. “The display I liked best was the band from Japan, who threw their flag poles into the air and caught them. I came early to support the event, as I knew the bands would entertain us in front of Sakura Tower,” she said.
The Union Minister for Home Affairs delivered the opening speech. The Japanese ambassador to Myanmar attended, along with Myanmar’s deputy minister for Home Affairs, the Yangon police chief and other guests.
“The intention to hold the concert is to mark a sign of peace and security for the host country,” said a police officer from Yangon regional police force.
“The second reason is to increase the friendship between the Myanmar police force and other international police forces through an exchange of art and culture. The last one is to have friendship between people and the police,” he said.
The concert was led by The Mainichi newspaper from Japan.
An October 29 concert will see all bands entertain an audience at MCC Hall on Mindama Road.
The annual concert has been held since 1996 in Japan, France, South Korea, Germany, United States, Italy, Singapore, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.