Myan­mar artists head to Malaysian fes­ti­val

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - LAE PHYU PYA MYO MYINT lae­phyupya@gmail.com

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.

Photo: Sup­plied/Mon Thet

Artists from around the world pose for a photo at the 2014 Malaysia In­ter­na­tional Art Fes­ti­val in Pu­lua Ke­tam.

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