Entertainment

Myanmar artists help survivors of Nepal quake

Artist Sung Tin Par and Dream Lover band made a donation of Ks1.6 million (US$1,600) to the Nepal-Myanmar Friendship Association to help survivors of Nepal’s devastating earthquake. The sum was raised during the artist’s solo concert held last Saturday in Yangon. 

Hip-hop, R&B artists on tour in the US

Local hip-hop and R&B artists will perform a concert titled “7 Stars Date Date Kyel Night” in San Francisco this Saturday as part of their concert tour in the United States that covers three cities.

The concert features renowned hip-hop artists: Sai Sai Kham Leng, Bunny Phyoe, Nanda Sai, Mi Sandi, Thiri Swe, and Snare.  This is Sai Sai Kham Leng’s first time to perform in the US.

Shorter concert, better quality

Rock group Iron Cross will stage four monthly solo concerts by each of the group’s four rockers: Lay Phyu, A Nge, Myo Gyi, and Y Wine. The 90-minute concerts aim to set the standard for other concerts that mostly last more than two hours.

The “Live 90” concert series will kick off with a performance by Lay Phyu on May 15 at Myanmar Event Park, which will be televised live. The rocker sat down recently with Myanmar Eleven to discuss the merits of the 90-minute format and live broadcasting.

Iron Cross band to go live on TV

A special 90-minute programme of solo concerts by each of the four vocalists of Iron Cross band will be broadcast live on 4HD and 5 Special TV channels later this month.

The four artists – Lay Phyu, A Nge, Myo Gyi, and Y Wine – will perform live on TV for the first time with their band, as part of a joint collaboration between the Iron Cross and Forever Blossom.

Belgian reality TV game show returns to Myanmar

A documentary film crew from the Belgian-based production studio Eccho Line BVBA recently returned to Myanmar to film the fifth season of its reality TV game show, “Pekin Express”, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Over the course of two weeks, the film crew travelled across the country to film in around 30 destinations, including popular tourist destinations like Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Kalaw, and Taunggyi. 

Lest we forget

The Death Railway Museum is set to open in Thanbyuzayat, Mon State in September after construction began in March, according to Min Banyar San, chairman of building company Tala Mon. The museum will be located next to a newly built hotel, a shopping mall and a gift shop.  

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.