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August 05, 2020

Celebrations planned for a century of Myanmar cartoons

200 works by local cartoonists will be on sale during the festival

A work of cartoonist Moe Htet Moe.
A work of cartoonist Moe Htet Moe.

A FESTIVAL to mark the 100th anniversary of cartoon publishing in Myanmar will be celebrated at the end of December with a variety of events, according to an organiser.
The Myanmar Cartoon Century Festival will take place on 30 and 31 December at the Myanmar Convention Centre on Mindhamma Road in Yangon. The event has been crowd-funded by local patrons of the arts.
“The organising committee planned to hold a five-day event but now it will only celebrate two-days as the committee faced some difficulties in finding more funds,” Cartoonist Moe Htet Moe said.
Myanmar cartoonists from home and abroad are invited to showcase one cartoon each during the event, with the organiser planning to feature around 200 works by local cartoonists that will be on sale.
The committee will support accommodation fees for artists who are coming from remote areas, said Moe Htet Moe who plans to stage a work featured around peace.
Works may cover a wide range of subjects, but the cartoonists are prohibited from creating satirical cartoons.
A cartoon competition will also be held during the event. The content is open to all members of the public.
Original and copied works of bygone cartoonists and comic writers including the late U Ba Gyan will be exhibited at the festival.
Cartoons have been published in the country since 1915. U Shwe Ta Lay, who is also known as UBa Galay, is recognised as the country’s first local cartoonist.


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