August 19, 2016

Festival highlights talents of the disabled

Disabled artists, hoping to affect change, share their artwork to achieve recognition and respect.

DISABLED artists are currently making preparations to showcase their talents at a festival in December, according to event organiser U Nay Lin Soe.
The event, entitled “Immense Spectrum: the 2nd Myanmar National Festival of Disabled Artists”, will take place on 1 December at the Myanmar Convention Centre in Yangon.
Around 15 (able) artists including celebrities Zaw Win Htut and Chit Thu Wai and 50 disabled artists will participate in the event which will include dance performances, particularly wheelchair dances, talent shows and music recitals.
The Myanmar Independent Living Initiative, a local non-profit organisation working to empower persons with disabilities is organising the event with the aim of exploring the artistic skills of the disabled and creating greater future opportunities for the handicapped community and to raise funds for their care.
“We hope to begin changing people’s views and attitudes towards the disabled through these activities,” said U Nay Lin Soe, programme director of the MILI.
The arts festival will screen documentaries on the subject of disability rights and include the sale of handicrafts and educational programs by disability-related training schools, organisations and individuals.
Ticket price is K3,000 (US$2.32). They are available at Parami Seingayhar, City Marts, Junction Square and the MILI office in Mayangon Township. At least 5,000 people are expected to attend.
The first-ever event was held in 2013 in Yangon and was open to the public free of charge. It attracted over 5,000 people that year.
According to the country’s latest census Myanmar has a population of more than 2.3 million people with
disabilities, half of which are blind.


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