The Myanmar Times
Sunday, 21 December 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Yangon festivals survey multimedia art

Two multimedia art festivals will be coming to Yangon at the end of this month, bringing together local and international artists.

The Third Blue Wind Multimedia Art Festival for female artists will be held at Professional Art Gallery (at Myanmar Art Centre on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road in Bahan township) and other venues from November 23 to 27.

The event will incorporate local and international participation from several countries including Japan, Serbia, Netherlands, Malaysia and Vietnam, and is expected to attract about 70 artists.

Daw Phyu Mon, director of Blue Wind Organisation, said she started preparations for the event in August

“Any person, of any age, who is interested in contemporary art can be involved,” she said.

“Many artist groups exist in Myanmar, so they can’t all meet in the same place. I want to bring them together, as well as their different forms of art.

“I want people from abroad to learn about this festival so they can see that contemporary art exists in Myanmar, as well as show their work to local people, so people can learn from them.”

The festival will include workshops on painting, installation art, photo essays, printed media, video and film at Professional Art Gallery and City Star Hotel, from 1pm to 5pm each day.

There will also be poetry readings, and visual and sound art events, hosted at Myanmar Ink Gallery on November 26 from 1pm to 5pm, while performance art events will take place at Sein Lann Soe Pyay Garden on November 26, from 5pm to 8pm.

Meanwhile, the International Multimedia Art Festival will be held at the French Institute from November 23 to 25, from 10am to 9pm daily.

The event, organised by New Zero Art Space, will feature more than 80 video, installation and performance artists from around the world, including Myanmar.

“In our country, only a few artists come and display their art,” said event organiser Ko Aye Ko. “I have invited many artists from abroad so that we can learn from them and exchange ideas.”

There will be daily presentations from 10am to 12pm, and from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, as well as debates from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and performance art shows from 6pm to 9pm.

The French Institute is located at 340 Pyay Road.

All events at both festivals are free of charge.