Myanmar artists head to Malaysian festival
MORE than 100 artists from around the world, including 10 from Myanmar, will take part in the 2016 Pulau Ketam International Art Festival on the island of Pulau Ketam from November 26 until December 5. Katam village is located on Pulau Ketam island, Malaysia.
The festival will showcase painting, sculpture, and installation art as well as performance art, dance and theatre. Organised by the Pulau Ketam Art Association, it aims to establish Pulua Ketam as an internationally recognised centre of art and promote eco-tourism to the island. Located off the coast of Selangor, Malaysia, Pulau Ketam, also known as “Crab Island”, is known for its mangrove swamps, which harbour large numbers of crabs.
Myanmar artists Mon Thet, Kyaw Soe, Tin Maung Oo, Thiha, Myo Kyaw, Myint Aung, Shwe Thein, Lwen Wai, Khin Than Phyu and Theingi Thaw will show their work at the festival alongside artists from more than 10 other countries.
“Myanmar artists have excellent skills, especially in painting. That’s why we invited them to the festival,” said organiser Kai Kian Wang. “Each country will set up a studio to show their work, and studios will be situated all over the island.”
Myanmar artist and curator Mon Thet said, “This is the second time we’ve taken part in the festival. The people of Pulau Ketam love art and enjoy meeting the artists. So we really enjoy creating art here. This time I’ll create many paintings and we will make together workshop with more than 100 artists.”
Artist and writer Khin Than Phyu will show her instalation art work with “Myanmar Traditional Toys” which features a zegwet, or lucky bird, as well as traditional Myanmar toys. She will also display some paintings.
“I’m excited. Pulua Ketam looks like an amazing place with its floating houses and colourful temples. I hope the art festival will attract more visitors to the island,” she said.
The first Malaysia International Art Festival took place in 2014 and featured 40 artists from six countries. Asian countries taking part in this year’s festival include Japan, India and Laos.
Artists from around the world pose for a photo at the 2014 Malaysia International Art Festival in Pulua Ketam.