What’s On in Yangon! | The Myanmar Times


Venue:    Lotte Hotel

LPG Myanmar Summit will advocate the appointment of sole women as LPG distributors to act as a catalyst in helping exceed the Governments’ objectives with respect to energy, health, and the environment. Ultimately the empowerment of women in Myanmar will be a critical success factor.

South East Asia represents one of the most dynamic components of the global energy system. Despite varying stages of economic development and energy endowment, the countries share a common challenge to meet unprecedented demand growth in a secure, affordable and sustainable manner. More significantly, access to modern energy is incomplete. 

In Myanmar, we are commencing the journey of delivering LPG as a considerably healthier, much cleaner, and more efficient fuel for cooking in millions of homes. At Parami Energy, we strongly advocate the appointment of solely women as LPG distributors to act as a catalyst in helping exceed the Governments’ objectives with respect to energy, health and the environment. Ultimately the empowerment of women in Myanmar will be a critical success factor.

Join us for WLPGA’s MYANMAR SUMMIT on 3 – 4 April 2019 in Lotte Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar, where we will be joining the stakeholders in Myanmar to provide a catalyst for further market expansion.

New Zealand vs France: Wine and Cheese Blind Tasting Competition 

Date: March 14

Place: Le Cellier (Novotel Yangon Max)

Cheese Blind Tasting Competition!

This fun (but of course competitive!) competition between the New Zealand Myanmar Chamber and CCI France Myanmar involves: one red wine, one white wine and three cheeses imported directly from each country for this event, plus locally produced artisan cheeses from Sharky’s, as well as more than 100 participants from the business community in Myanmar voting for their favourite wine and cheese.

Enjoy a free flow of wine and cheese at Le Cellier (Novotel Yangon Max), while extending your professional network of contacts.

Don’t forget to register, since the available capacity is limited. First arrived, first served!

Yangon Book Plaza book fair

Date: March 1 to 7    

Place: Than Zay (Market), 5th floor, Lanmadaw, Yangon 

Bookworms of Yangon get ready to go on a shopping spree because the Yangon Book Plaza is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary and will be holding a book fair with a minimum of 20 percent discount (a maximum of 40pc discount). 

That’s nothing less than a great bargain. There will be more than 3000 books featured from over 40 book stores such as “The Knowledge Publishing”, “Naing Sar Pay”, “Myanmar Harp Sar Pay” and “Ta Kaung Sar Pay”. 

What that means is there will not only be just old books, there will be new ones, expensive ones, and affordable ones.

The fun does not stop there. There will be gift programmes daily as well as lucky draws.

Yangon Book Plaza book fair will go on for a week (March 1-7) at 17th Street Upper Block, Than Zay (Market), 5th floor, Lanmadaw township, Yangon.

The plaza opened its doors to the public on February 26, 2017, run by U San Mon Aung, owner of WE publishing house, who also writes under the pen name “Myay Hmone Lwin”. 

The hub for literary lovers occupies a 100- by 200-foot space on the fifth floor. Readers can sit in the fully air-conditioned comfort and look at the painting of famous writers on its pillars.

Korean Drama Music Festival 

A heart-throbbing event is just around the corner for Myanmar Korean-drama (K-drama) and EDM fans. By now, most of you are probably aware that the first Korea Day 2019 event, organised by the Myanmar-Korea tourism working group, will be held this Saturday (March 9) at Lotte Hotel and Sunday at People’s Park.

The event hopes to further boost tourism and increase investments into the country and aims to raise awareness of the various travel-related activities in both countries.

There will be up to 50 exhibition booths which will showcase products from South Korean companies, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, banks and other businesses.

But, that’s the boring part. What’s exciting is that the Saturday event at Lotte Hotel will include a singing contest, organised by RAU Entertainment Company, starting from 3:00pm until 6:00pm. Online auditions for the first stage and second stage have closed at the end of February, but the Grand Finale is this Saturday.

The winner will not only receive US$1000 in cash, but will also be trained in South Korea and have the chance to debut as the first Myanmar K-drama soundtrack singer. Those who win second and third will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively.

What about the plans for day two you ask? It’s the Korea Drama Music (OST) Festival (KDMF) at People’s Square and Park featuring top Korean and Myanmar artists and EDM DJs. From 6:00pm till 10:00pm on Sunday.

For K-drama fans at the event, this is what I imagine you would probably experience – through the vision of your “Iris”, you envision strolling in the “Secret Garden” and feel “Love in the Moonlight”. It sounds gibberish to non K-drama fans but those are the title of the dramas where South Korean singer, Baek Ji Young, sang the soundtrack.  The singer has been dubbed “the OST Queen” as she has shared her beautiful voice to several popular k-dramas.

Baek Ji Young will be performing alongside Hwang Seo-In and DJ Ivy. Hwang Seo-In has demonstrated her powerful vocals during the Korean Film Festival. She will be performing on both Saturday and Sunday so you’ll have to hear it for yourself to believe.

DJ Ivy has not only captured the hearts of both boys and girls with her beauty but also due to her “sick” EDM beats. She has toured  several countries around Asia including South Korea, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Previously, DJ Lyn was supposed to drop her beats but she had to cancel as she had some difficulties.

For the Myanmar line-up the artists and DJ performing are Ni Ni Khin Zaw, Wai La, and DJ Wine. Ni Ni Khin Zaw has become a household name for her powerful vocals and Wai La is one of the rising rockers. DJ Wine’s skills will take you to “A New World”.

Ticket prices for KDMF are K10,000 for the GA Ticket, K30,000 for the Royal Ticket, and K50,000 for the VIP Ticket. Excluding the GA Ticket, you will be sitting down for the latter two.

Call 09-445151010 to purchase your ticket.

For more information about the two events of Korean Day, you can visit RAU Entertainment’s Facebook Page. – Kyaw Soe Htet

Book launch: ‘When Global Meets Local: How Expatriates can Succeed in Myanmar’

Date:    March 10

Venue:    Pansuriya Art Gallery

A launch event will be held for the book When Global Meets Local: How Expatriates can Succeed in Myanmar at Pansuriya Art Gallery, 100 Bogalayzay Street, at 4pm, Sunday 10 March, 2019

The Vietnamese author Hana Bui will talk about the book and sign copies.

The book is the first guidebook of its kind to meet the reference need for expats in Myanmar or coming to Myanmar. It assists expatriates in achieving success in Myanmar by helping them overcome the biggest challenge of expats here – the cultural conflicts. In fact, cultural conflicts are cited as the most challenging issues for expats working overseas. 

According to The Economist, a survey of senior executives from 68 countries indicates that 90 percent see “cross-cultural leadership” as the biggest management challenge of this century. Up to 40pc of managers sent on overseas assignments terminate early. The cost to employers of each early return is between US$250,000 and $1.25 million. 

Bui is an intercultural trainer and author about Myanmar. She has many years of experience in the corporate world including six years in human resource services in Myanmar. Bui sees herself as a cultural bridge between Myanmar and the world. 

For the book, Bui carried out a survey with over 100 expats who have lived here for over a year, and 50 local professionals. Plus she did 30 in-depth interviews with local professionals and expats.

Lose control and Tango at Club Rizzoli

You might not be able to show your moves under the moonlight, but it’s a guarantee that you will “dance the night away”. So, let your feet lose control, and just Tango!

Club Rizzoli at the Chatrium Hotel is holding a “Sunday Tango Meet Up” from 7:00pm till 9:00pm, every Sunday, until the end of March.

Tango is a popular partner dance, with its roots in Argentina and Uruguay in the 19th Century. The dance drew influence from African, Native American, and European culture and is a combination of many dances, namely – the German Waltz, Czech Polka, Polish Mazurka, and Bohemian Schottische with the Spanish-Cuban Habanera, African Candombe, and Argentinian Milonga.

Ladies and gentlemen who want to do the Tango should make sure they wear comfortable clothes that let you move.  The ladies should be wearing flowing skirts, and close-fitting pants. While the gentlemen should pick jeans or pants which are loose and allow movement.

Club Rizzoli even welcomes beginner, so don’t feel shy about not knowing the moves.

What’s more? There’s no entrance fee charged unless you order their beverages. A Kirin draught beer will be US$2 per glass; the house-poured wine is $5 per glass; and the spiced cocktail is $4 per glass.

Uno, dos, tres, let’s go Tango!

For further information, please call (+95)1544500 ext. 6243 or mail to [email protected].

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