These events represent the first ever multi-art form festival presenting contemporary and traditional work by Burmese artists and artists inspired by Burma. By bringing this work to a UK audience, we aim to widen the understanding of Burma beyond politics.
The Free Word Centre will be transformed by site specific installations, created in Burma by leading contemporary artist Po Po whose ideas will be realised by London based artists.
There will be an exhibition of painting, short films, video work and installations including work by Nyein Chan Su, Khin Maung Yin, Win Pe, Sun Myint, Chaw Ei Thein, Po Po, The Maw Naing, Kyaw Thu, Aye Ko, Wah Nu and Htein Lin.
The festival programme will be opened by London-based Burmese monks and will feature musicians Thxa Soe, Moe Naing and Kyauk Sein visiting from Burma, performance artists Moe Satt, also visiting from Burma, Hnin Wutyi Thaung and Htein Lin, film screenings of work by Lay Thida and The Maw Naing, a panel discussion featuring Nu Nu Yee, Wendy Law-Yone and Ruth Padel, dance by Ngeh Kaw and his family, and Burmese Theatre Workshop’s reworking of Richard Shannon’s play ‘The Lady of Burma’ for full cast and a cabaret night.
On Sunday we are presenting an open space seminar which asks the universal question What can art do?’ To close the festival, there will be a special performance by the Iuventus Quartet and a blessing by the monks.
We will also have our very own Burmese Tea Shop and will be serving delicious Burmese food.
For more information, including the programme of events, please see www.burmeseartsfestival.com where you will also find details of our fundraising auction.
To book tickets, please call 0207 3242 570 or email [email protected]
Free Word Centre
60, Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3GA