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July 14, 2020

Festival to celebrate a century of cartoons

YANGON — Cartoonists will hold a festival to celebrate the centennial of cartoon publishing in Myanmar at the end of November. The Myanmar Cartoon Century Festival will take place in Yangon, but a venue has not yet been chosen, according to one of the event’s organisers.
“The organising committee of the Myanmar Cartoon Century Festival submitted an application to the authorities to stage the event at the National Theatre of Yangon five months ago, but no reply has yet been received,” said cartoonist Moe Htet Moe, who serves as the festival’s information officer. “We will fix the exact date only after getting the green light from the authorities,” said Moe Htet Moe, who proposed to hold the festival at Thuwunna Stadium in Thingangyun Township if the National Theatre cannot be booked.
“We need a large space for this festival; it will be a big celebration,” the cartoonist said.
Myanmar cartoonists from home and abroad will be invited to display two or three cartoons each during the five-day event, Moe Htet Moe told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
“Works may cover a wide range ofsubjects, but the committee has asked the artists not to present satirical cartoons,”he said.
The works of historic cartoonists and comic writers, including the late U Ba Gyan, will also be exhibited at the festival.
The festival will also include a book fair, a reading and discussion session and a drama performance.
“We’re not sure how many cartoonists there are in Myanmar, but we know there are around 200 in Yangon,” Moe Htet Moe said.
U Ba Galay, who is also known as Shwe Yoe, rose to prominence in the 1920s and is credited with becoming the first Myanmar cartoonist in 1915.—GNLM


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