Entertainment

Saving Yangon’s heritage

Moe Moe Lwin, vice chairperson of the Yangon Heritage Trust (Photo - EMG)

The Yangon Heritage Trust is on a mission to safeguard Yangon’s colonial-era buildings of historical and artistic importance. The non-governmental organisation has its own criteria when it comes to designating buildings as heritage sites. In this interview with Eleven Myanmar, Moe Moe Lwin, YHT’s vice chairperson, highlights the need to monitor the way some historical buildings are being used by private leaseholders and discusses whether the government should take conservation into its own hands.

‘Long March’ exhibit cut short by nervy venue owner

YANGON

A photo exhibition chronicling recent student uprisings in Myanmar was brought to an abrupt end last Sunday after a request by the condominium owner, according to its organisers.

Licence to roll

YANGON

Tanned to a deep espresso, shaded by a bamboo hat strapped under his chin, Linn Naing mounts his black Hero bicycle like a cowboy saddling up on his steed. He props up the red cushions in his sidecar, and his flip-flopped feet churn the pedals, heaving man and machine forward in search of an honest day’s wage.

OTBT serves up terrific coffee – and unseen destinations

Off the Beaten Track Café (OTBT), located in Kandawgyi Natural Park, is a breath of fresh air in Yangon’s coffee scene with its extensive menu featuring more than 100 options of European and Asian cuisine. 

OTBT grilled chicken, country-style chicken curry, and Singaporean fried shrimp are some of the must-try dishes costing betweenKs 1,000 (US$1) and Ks 8,000 (US$8). Other specialitiesincludelaphet salad (pickled tea leaf salad), spring rolls and fish head soup.

Live act, classic hits

Since debuting shortly after 2000, Sone Thin Par quickly earned recognition with the title song of her debut album “Kabargyi Ka Kyinn Tal So Pay Mae”. The catchy tune, itself a local cover of Mark Dinning’s classic hit “The World is Getting Smaller”, simply launched her career in music. With a string of hits under her belt and an ever-growing fanbase, Sone Thin Par is set to stage her first concert tomorrow.

Coca-Cola Myanmar names Eaint Chit, Mi Sandi as brand ambassadors

Popular female artists Eaint Chit and Mi Sandi have been appointed Coca-Cola Myanmar’s new brand ambassadors. 

The two artists will join existing brand ambassador Sai Sai Kham Leng to tour the country as part of Coca-Cola’s Myanmar Summer Festival.

‘Lady of the Lake’ honoured in Bangkok

“Lady of the Lake”, a Myanmar documentary by Zaw Naing Oo, has received a special award at the Salaya International Documentary Film Festival at the end of last month.

“Lady of the Lake” unravels a belief in the supernatural among the residents living near Moe Yun Gyi Lake in Bago Region. The film has figured prominently at several international film festivals.

Box-office winners prompt a thriving black market for tickets

YANGON

With the cinemas reopening last Friday after the Thingyan Water Festival, two new films “Law Mingalar” and “Fast & Furious 7” have become huge box-office successes and created the huge demand for the tickets that are now even available on the black market. 

Big Bang’s concert in Yangon sooner rather than later

South Korean boy band Big Bang looks set to perform a concert in Myanmar sooner than expected, according to the concert’s organiser Living Sound Entertainment. 

“We originally planned to hold it in July, but it has been brought forward. This mainly depends on the venue,” said Jaw Maran of Living Sound Entertainment, adding the venue has a seating capacity of 40,000. 

A bell of brotherhood

With the flames dancing in the windon a hot, dry summer night, the scorching casting pits are buzzing withover 300 white-clad foundry workers of all ages like a swarm of busy bees.

In fact, the men are toiling away in the pits at Sintaltike monastery in Tampawady, Mandalayto melt bronze for casting asacred gigantic bell.