The return of Myanmar’s lost daughter

Wendy Law-Yone is the daughter of Edward Law-Yone who founded The Nation, Myanmar’s influential English-language newspaper in 1948.  When Ne Win staged a coup d’état in 1962, her life was turned upside down: the newspaper was shut down a year later, her father was detained for five years and she was barred from leaving the country. She was foiled in her first attempt to sneak across the border to Thailand in 1967, which resulted in her imprisonment. Eventually she successfully fled to the United States via Bangkok in 1973, settling in Washington DC.

High time for hip hop

Hiphop idol Sai Sai Kham Leng will turn 36 tomorrow, and every year his birthday bash wouldn’t be complete without a concert, which has become something of a ritual over the past 10 years. As his fans look forward to the concert with eager anticipation, the artist recently took time out from his rehearsal to tell Myanmar Eleven what to expect. The aptly titled “April 10 Show” kicks off this evening at Hmaw Sin Kyin (inside Kandawgyi Park).

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Veteran actor Kyaw Thu returns to big screen

After an eight-year hiatus, Veteran actor Kyaw Thu is staging a comeback by starring in a film entitled “Professor Dr Seik Phwar”.

Based on a novel by the late Min Theinkha and directed by Khin Saw Myo, the film features an all-star cast including Yan Aung, Ye Aung, Min Oo, San Yati Moe Myint, May Myat Noe and May Pa Chi. Kyaw Thu plays the lead role of Professor Dr Seik Phwar.

4Minute showcases girl power in sold-out concert


Thousands of Myanmar fans turned up at the first concert in Myanmar by South Korean girl group 4Minute last Saturday night at the Myanmar Event Park.

The concert, which was supposed to start at 7.30pm, kicked off 45 minutes late with the title song from their latest mini album “Crazy”.

Only fact and fairness

With the advent of affordable high-end digital camera and editing software technology, there are a host of low-budget documentaries being made out there to tell real-life stories that are even stranger than fiction. In recent year, many of them have captured the public’s imagination and won awards at home and overseas.  In the world of Myanmar documentary film-making, Shin Daewe (aka Cho Cho Hnin)has become more of a household name.

Bird Thongchai to meet Myanmar fans

Popular Thai pop singer Bird Thongchai will come to Myanmar for the first time this Sunday to promote Thai-Myanmar friendship and meet with local fans.

The event is organised by Taw Win Garden Hotel. Fans who want to welcome him at the airport can gather at the Taw Win Garden Hotel and go to the airport together.

Deep into the WWII quagmire

Noted film-maker Wera’s documentary about World War II will be shot in Myanmar, the United Kingdom and Japan. Produced by a Hollywood director, “Into the Quagmire” is expected to air on HBO and National Geographic channel.

Exhibition celebrates artist Win Pe’s return to Myanmar


Veteran artist Win Pe’s solo watercolour art exhibitionis on view until this Sunday at River Ayeyarwaddy Gallery.

“This is my second solo exhibition since I came back to Myanmar. On view are over 50 watercolour paintings, all colourful ones that will give pleasant feelings [to the visitors]. I’ve also put together a book featuring paintings from the exhibition and others not included in the exhibit,” said Win Pe.

K-pop idol group 4Minute to perform in Myanmar

In a video message to their Myanmar fans, the 5-member girl group said: “4Minute is holding a concert in Myanmar for the first time. This is groundbreaking as it is our first concert and we will be performing our latest hits.”

Titled “2015 4Minute Fan Bash in Myanmar”, the concert will be held at Myanmar Event Park on April 4. Tickets come in five categories: Ks 600,000 (US$600) for VVIP, Ks 200,000 (US$200) for VIP, and Ks 60,000 (US$60), Ks 45,000 (US$45), and Ks 25,000 (US$25) for the general public. 

An audience with the deva

The Museum of World Culture in Barcelona, Spain, has just opened its doors as a massive repository of cultural and artistic collections that illustrate different non-western cultures of Africa, Asia, America and Oceania.  

More than 700 pieces on display at the museum come from the personal collection of the late Albert Folch-Rusinol (1922-1988) as well as the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona.