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January 18, 2019

MEEA to hold Ethnics Culture Festival in Yangon from 25 to 30 Jan

Press conference on holding Myanmar Ethnics Culture Festival held in Yangon yesterday. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Myanmar Ethnic Entrepreneurs’ Association (MEEA) is organizing a Myanmar Ethnics Culture Fest in Kyaikkasan Ground, Yangon from 25 to 30 January and a press conference about the fest was held at Yangon Region Government Office yesterday afternoon.
At the press conference Yangon Region minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs U Zaw Aye Maung said, “Today’s press conference is held to inform the media about the aim of holding the ‘Myanmar Ethnics Culture Fest.’ This is the first time in our country’s history that such ethnic fest is held. The unity of ethnic nationals is very important. The fest is held as a small contribution toward the peace process in a way of a sand particle or a brick in a construction work.” Next, MEEA General Secretary U Min Banya San explained about preparations made to hold the ‘Myanmar Ethnics Culture Fest’ grandly.
Afterwards questions raised by the media were responded to by Yangon Region Minister for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs and officials. The opening ceremony of ‘Myanmar Ethnics Culture Fest’ will be held on 8 a.m. 25 January in Kyaikkasan Ground, Yangon. The fest will be held from 25 to 30 January and the entry is free.
At the fest, famous singers will entertain with songs and each ethnic national will perform a dance. There’ll be Miss Ethnic Myanmar 2019, exhibits showing cultural traditions and livelihood of ethnic nationals, selling products produced by ethnic national business persons, Ethnic Night Market where food for all religions and ethnicities are available and photo opportunity sites where photographs can be taken.
Miss Ethnic Myanmar 2019 will be selected to promote traditional cultures of ethnic nationals and travel business. The winner will represent MEEA as an ambassador to promote friendship and peace among ethnic nationals. The first prize for the winner is K 15 million and a gold crown with 8 gems, first runner-up will receive K 7 million and other prizes while the second runner-up will receive K 3 million. Ten additional titles will also be awarded it is learnt.
Myanmar Ethnics Culture Fest is held with the aims of showcasing friendship and unity of ethnic nationals; to support peace yearned for by the people; for local, foreigners and ethnic nationals to know, observe and visit the culture traditions and natural beauty of the ethnic nationals’ lands in Myanmar; to develop travel businesses; to promote goods and products produced in ethnic nationals’ regions; expand into international market and create job and business opportunities for young ethnic nationals it is learnt.

By Yi Yi Myint, Mi Mi Phyo
(Translated by Zaw Min)

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