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Myanmar Week Gets Underway!


Jun 20, 2011

APU is currently home to students from 81 different countries and regions around the world. "Multicultural Weeks" offer students the opportunity to take the central role in planning a week-long event that puts the spotlight on one of the many nations represented on campus, its language and culture.

The next installment of the AY2011 Multicultural Weeks, “Myanmar Week”, kicked off on Monday June 20 and will run until Friday 24. During the week, a number of colourful events will put the spotlight on the unique Myanmarese culture and language.

The five-day program offers event goers the opportunity to taste traditional tea, try on folk costumes, and enjoy the Myanmarese New Year’s Water Festival and “Thadingyut” candle festival. In addition, a special range of exotic and traditional Myanmarese dishes will be available at the Cafeteria for a limited time at reasonable prices.

Held on the final day of the week, the “Grand Show” will feature a range of traditional performances including a dance dating back the ancient Kingdom of Bahgan, a sword dance, and the Pathein Htee (umbrella) dance. Audience members will also be offered a complementary key-ring decorated with Myanmarese handicrafts.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24 (10:30-16:00) @ Cafeteria (except Wednesday)
Display of traditional Longyi costume (also free to try on)
 Free Myanmar Tea tasting (Experience Myanmar culture by drinking and eating Myanmar tea leaves)
 Display of Myanmarese “Thanakha” cosmetics (free to try)

Tuesday, June 21. 19:00 – 20:00 @ in front of fountain
(NB: to be cancelled in the event of rain)
Thadingyut Candle Festival
 A recreation of the Thadingyut festival held in October in Myanmar which involves lighting candles in a show of appreciation to our parents, teachers and people who have helped us.

Thursday, June 23. 12:10 – 12:25 @ in front of fountain
 Water Festival
 Held as a way to wash away doubts, bad feelings, and help us make a fresh start in the New Year. This event is traditionally held in April in accordance with the old Myanmar calendar.

Friday, June 24. 18:30-20:30 (doors open at 18:00)    @ Millennium Hall
Myanmar Week Grand Show
NB: this event will also be streamed live on the internet via Ustream* (18:30-20:30)

Participating countries for the Spring Semester 2011 Multicultural Weeks are as follows:
June 6 (Mon) – June 10 (Fri) First installment: Chinese Week    (finished)
June 13 (Mon) – June 17 (Fri) Second installment: Vietnamese Week (finished)
June 20 (Mon) – June 24 (Fri) Third installment: Myanmar Week
June 27 (Mon) – July 1 (Fri) Fourth installment: Korean Week
July 4 (Mon) – July 8 (Fri) Fifth installment: Indonesia Week
July 11 (Mon) – July 15 (Fri) Sixth installment: Thai Week

NB: Footage of the Grand Show (held on the final day of each week) will be streamed live on the internet via Ustream. Please be sure to tune in and enjoy the colourful performances by APU's multilingual and multicultural students. (More information will be available on the broadcast times for each week as the event approaches).

*Ritsumeikan-APU Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ritsumeikan-apu

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