Four paintings sold at auction in aid of Nepal

Four paintings were put up for auction from May 18 to 23 to raise funds in support of quake victims in Nepal.

A paper art painting by artist Htwe Aung Lwin and three paintings by artist Chaw Su Htwe were up for auction via Lynn Whut Hmone’s Facebook account. The opening bid for Htwe Aung Lwin’s painting started at Ks 30,000 (US$30) and Ks 10,000 (US$10) each for Chaw Su Htwe’s paintings.

Yangon hosts Radio Asia Conference

Representatives and musicians from 26 countries converge on Yangon today for the Radio Asia Conference and ABU Radio Song Festival 2015 that runs until May 30.

Since 2012, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has been organising the Radio Asia Conference and ABU Radio Song Festival. Myanmar is the third host country after South Korea and Columbia.

Michelle Yeoh to grace ‘Memory’ filmfest

Famous Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, best known for her roles in the 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The Lady”, is expected to attend the third edition of the Memory International Film Heritage Festival at the end of this month.

At the festival, she will be joined by French actress Catherine Deneuve, Hong Kong actress Cheng Pei-Pei, Singaporean actress Marrie Lee, French director Olivier Assayas as well as local veteran actresses Swe Zin Htike, Khin Thida Tun, Nwe New San, and director Thin Thin Yu.

Scent of a nation

Since ancient times, Myanmar people have been rubbing thanakha paste on their faces as an effective shield against the sun’s harmful rays. The yellow facial cream produced from ground thanakha bark is a much-touted beauty secret deeply ingrained in the Myanmar culture. Men also wear it quite unconsciously. 

Wera’s new documentary zooms in on abandoned kids in China

Noted filmmaker Wera is planning to begin work on a TV documentary on the plight of Chinese children abandoned by their migrant worker parents. “Why am I Left Behind?”, his fifth foreign film project, is destined for international film festivals next year. 

“I’ve received an offer to make this documentary about children in China left behind by their migrant worker parents. I will portray their emotions and the pain felt by these children. I will draw on my experience to do my best for this film,” said Wera.

A proliferation of cinemas expected in Myanmar


A private company is planning to build 60 cinemas across Myanmar including 20 cinemas in Yangon and Mandalay as part of a proposal submitted to the Department for Enhancing Film Standards (DEFS). 

“We have received concessions to operate and build 60 cinemas across Myanmar. Foreign investors have also met and discussed with us. The number of cinemas will rise nationwide within this year,” said Thein Naing, director of DEFS. 

‘Age of Ultron’ arrives in Myanmar

Superhero blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” attracted a record turnout on May 8 when it was released in 10 Yangon cinemas. 

Joss Whedon’s comic book sequel is being shown in most cinemas in Yangon. No other film has been screened in as many cinemas before. Rising demand has prompted cinemas to sell tickets one week in advance. Many people have come to watch the film in both Yangon and Mandalay since the  opening day. Bookings have gone up considerably as well,” said a spokesman for Mingalar Cinema Group.