ASEAN puppetry exchange programme to begin in May

Puppets looking good in their costumes.
Puppets looking good in their costumes.

THE ASEAN puppetry exchange programme is scheduled to be held in Yangon in May with the aim of sharing traditional such folk arts among the 10 member countries, one of organisers said.
With the assistance of the Japanese embassy in Yangon, the programme will mainly cover a discussion on how to control a puppet using various methods and on different forms of performance in each country, said U Khin Maung Htwe, the art director of Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre.
In addition, a collective marionette show will also be performed during the event by all the teams involved in the programme.
The next host country for the exchange programme is Laos, which will host a pupputery exchange event in September 2016.
Puppetry is one of the most popular traditional arts in Myanmar. It is usually performed at pagoda festivals. Researchers say traditional Myanmar marionettes were first designed in the 1780s.
According to U Khin Maung Htwe, there are at most 20 professional puppeteers across the country and a few puppet-makers, mainly in Yangon and Mandalay.
“Unity among puppeteers is so crucial for the existence of puppetry world,” he said.




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