Hip hop artist Yè Lay to release first album in two years

Yè Lay (second from left) at the press conference for his latest album “Nauk Ta Khauk”. (Photo - EMG)

Well-known hip hop singer Yè Lay will release his seventh album titled “Nauk Ta Khauk” (“Once More”) on July 12 after a two-year hiatus. 

Film stars lend appeal to an anti-plastic-litter campaign in Bagan

Actress Wutt Hmone Shwe Yee distributes pamphlets to members of the public in Bagan. (Photo – Supplied)

Famous actors Nay Toe, Myint Myat, Yè Aung, and Wutt Hmone Shwe Yee came together to support a campaign to raise public awareness of plastic litter in the Bagan Archeological Zone.  

Shwe Man Chan Thar dance troupe to stage a thrilling performance in Sagaing

Veteran dancer Chan Thar performs at the 80th anniversary celebration of the late Shwe Man Tin Maung. (Photo – EMG)

Shwe Man Chan Thar, a renowned dance troupe, will perform at a ceremony to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the founding of Sagaing at the end of this month.

“We are very proud to participate in this celebration. This is a unique celebration of Sagaing so we will focus on giving special performances related to Sagaing.  A play will be arranged by Ko Nan Win as part of our performances,” said Chan Thar, a member of the dance troupe.

Like father, like son

Up-and-coming animator Aw Pe Kyal, Nyan Kyal Say won the March 13 Award at the Third Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival last month for his three-minute-long animated film. “I Wanna Go to School” zooms in on the issue of children’s rights violations in Myanmar shamed by the sordid realities of child trafficking, child labour and child solders. He’s a medical student and an animator whose lifelong interest in cartoon art has been shaped by his acclaimed cartoonist father.

Harnessing the power of giving

Philanthropy has enthralled Khin Hnin Kyi Thar since her childhood as a family value passed down by her parents. As a journalist, she and her colleagues founded the “Individual Philanthropists Network” that extols the virtues of philanthropy in the country. 

Her philanthropic work won her the special Citizen of Burma Award last year while her life story inspired a novel by Lin Kar Yi Kyaw. The young woman speaks to Myanmar Eleven about the social implications of philanthropic giving. 

Fighting drugs with film

Among the local entries submitted to the Third Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, ethnic filmmaker Mai Ah Nway (Ta’ang Chitthu)’s short titled “A Buffalo Boy” grabbed both the Min Ko Naing  and Hanthawady U Win Tin Awards. In this exclusive interview with Myanmar Eleven, he recalls the urge to portray blatant human right violations and the scourge of drugs in Shan State’s Ta’ang area in in his film.

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Film museum’s galleries to be given a makeover

An exhibition is on view inside one of the galleries of the Myanmar Motion Picture Museum. (Photo – EMG)

The seven exhibition halls of the Myanmar Motion Picture Museum will be closed for refurbishment and reopen as modern galleries. The museum building will also undergo a major renovation to restore it to its original glory.

Filipino singer Charice to perform in Yangon

Filipino singer Charice is slated to perform at the Fashion & Music Festival in Yangon next month.

Filipino pop star Charice will perform at the Fashion & Music Festival at the MCC on August 28, according to Living Sound Entertainment. The singer will be joined on stage by American R&B artist Sammie and Japanese actresses and models. 

Next Academy Awards to honour films for 2014 and 2015

The recipients of last year’s Academy Awards are gathered on stage. (Photo – EMG)

The Academy Awards ceremony will be held at year-end to honour films released in both 2014 and 2015 in a break with the usual tradition of giving out awards a year late, according to the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation (MMPO).

Audiences lap up Wyne’s new film ‘Kya Ma Ka Hnin Si Par Maung’

A poster of ‘Kya Ma Ka Hnin Si Par Maung’ (‘I am a Rose, Dear”).

Noted filmmaker Wyne’s latest film “Kya Ma Ka Hnin Si Par Maung” (“I am a Rose, Dear”) continues to dominate the box office despite its pirated copy being watched online by internet users. Since its release on June 12, major theatres in Yangon and Mandalay have agreed to screen the film for four weeks [instead of three weeks as usual] on the back of its record-setting first weekend take.