More than 300,000 visitors are expected to take part in Asia’s largest photo and advocacy festival. Opening on 19 February until 21 March, the 12th Yangon Photo Festival features a series of free exhibitions, screenings and parties across eight locations: Mahabandoola Park, Goethe Villa, French Institute, Yangon Central Railway Station, Rosewood Hotel, Dala ferries, Junction City, Myanmar Deitta and Ah HlaThit Art Gallery.
The festival will bring together over 200 photo documentaries raising awareness on some of the world’s most pressing issues: environmental threats, peace building and social justice.
The works of famous international photographers including Pascal Maître, Steve McCurry, Franck Seguin, and FaustoPodavini will be showcased alongside the projects of some of Myanmar’s most celebrated photographers, HkunLat, Hkun Li and KoMyo and up-and-coming talents from the ethnic States and regions where YPF organises intensive visual story-telling trainings.
Christophe Loviny, Founder and Artistic Director of Yangon Photo Festival, said: “In the last 12 years, we have trained more than a thousand young men and women from all background, religions, and ethnicities to produce short documentaries about the most important social and environmental issues affecting their lives.”
Loviny said media literacy is critical particularly in societies threatened by the impact of hate speech and fake news. “The most efficient counter-attacks against the propagators of hate speech and fake news are real stories strong enough to reach an audience as large as the haters,” he added. “Visit our e-magazine Myanmar Stories on Facebook. In two years, it has become one of the most popular in the country, with an average of 140,000 viewers per video, sometimes even more than 1 million!”
For its 12th edition, the festival will open at Goethe Villa on 19th February with a photobook exhibit, a series of shows and party. It will also set up a Photo Village on Mahabandoola Park on the weekend of 22-23 February, with exceptional documentaries on a giant LED screen, exhibitions including the World Press Photo and a photo studio. It will culminate on 23th at French Institutewith the competition for best Photo-story of the Year in front of a jury of national and international personalities.
“Every year, YPF is a unique experience to meet photographers from all over Myanmar and the whole world, make new friends and exchange about important issues in a party atmosphere,”Loviny said.
The series of events are mostly supported by the European Delegation; the Embassy of theNetherlands, France and Switzerland; the ILO; the French Institute; the Goethe Institut; and Rosewood Hotel.
Other strategic partners include Canon, Heinrich BöllStiftung, GIZ, Junction City, the Embassy ofCanada, UNHCR, RICE Communications, Xenon, World Press Photo Foundation, Agence France Presse, Lucie Foundation, Myanmar Photo Archive, Kesan, Myanmar Deitta, Gulliver travel, and Wallonie-Brussels international.—GNLM