18 February 2020
The 12th Yangon Photo Festival is going to open on 19th February according to the press conference which was held in Yangon, Monday.
Organized by PhotoDoc Association, the Asia’s largest photo and advocacy festival aims to make awareness on some of the world’s most pressing issues among the people for community development.
It also aims to meet photographers across the country and whole world and to exchange about the important issues.
Program Manager, Yangon Photo Festival, Pyay Kyaw Myint said “We started the festival since 2008. For this year, we mainly focus on climate change, and other issues like reducing the use of plastic, child labors and matters for people with disabilities. We’ve given the trainings at the states and regions to produce short documentaries reflecting these issues. We can see the creation of trained talents.”
The festival will feature free exhibitions, screenings and parties across eight locations: Mahabandoola Park, Goethe Institute, French Institute, Yangon Central Railway Station, Rosewood Hotel, Dala ferries, Junction City, Myanmar Deitta and Ahla Thit Art Gallery.
Managing Director, Rosewood Yangon, Ed Brea said “We’ve chosen to collaborate with the Yangon Photography Festival because we think that is a great example of what can be done here in Yangon. It's one of the largest advocacy photo exhibits in the world……..We are very happy to be with the choice of the hotel, we got a beautiful display of antique photos in the perimeter.”
The European Union Delegation is one of the mostly supporters of the festival and hosted photographer Hkun Li’s powerful story on the worrying impact of rapidly growing banana plantations on communities in Kachin State.
Ambassador, European Union (Myanmar), H.E. Kristian Schmidt said “The festival as a whole will cover everything from peace, social and justice, all the present issues, climate and environment that Myanmar faces, but I will say the whole world faces. So, this is to draw attention to some of the burning issues.”
Photographer, Hkun Li said “It is already three years that I took pictures of this story. I’m really interested in this banana plantation in Kachin State and I want to showcase the issues and challenges that are facing currently from there. About 30 photos are included in my story exhibition.”
The 12th Yangon Photo Festival is going to run from 19th February to 21st of March, 2020 with over 200 documentaries.
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