Entertainment

Top Choice Puppet Theatre in Mandalay

Mandalay Marionettes

On a tiny stage, colourful marionettes expressively recreate snippets of traditional tales. Occasionally a curtain is lifted so that you can briefly admire the deft hand movements of the puppeteers (one an octogenar…
Top Choice Puppet Theatre in Yangon

Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre

Book ahead for this utterly charming cultural experience by Htwe and his family who stage traditional puppet shows in their front living room. They've travelled the world and won awards for their shows, which last a…
Top Choice Cultural Centre in Yangon

Goethe Villa

Eventually the Goethe Institute will move into this beautiful old villa dating from the 1920s. Already an exciting range of events are staged here including photo and art exhibitions with talks by the artists, rock …
Top Choice Spectator Sport in Yangon

Thein Byu Indoor Stadium

Venue for fast, and sometimes furious, myanma let-hwei (traditional kickboxing) matches – which are well worth attending. Depending on the contest, admission can range from free to K15,000 for general seating and up…
Dance in Mandalay

Mintha Theater

Colourfully costumed dancers perform around 10 dances from a larger repertoire. Some give human form to traditional stories of local folklore, while others are examples of typical Burmese slapstick – perhaps a comed…
Comedy in Mandalay

Moustache Brothers

This classic a-nyeint group became world famous in the 1990s when their jokes and rants against the Myanmar government brought them a string of prison sentences, and a name-check from Hugh Grant's character in the m…
Cultural Centre in Yangon

Institut Française

This is one of the busiest of Yangon's cultural centres. Apart from the library and French-language evening courses, it regularly hosts various events including film screenings (usually on Monday nights), art and mu…
Cinema in Yangon

Nay Pyi Daw Cinema

Along with the neighbouring Shae Saung Cinema, this is one of the busiest movie houses in Yangon, screening local films, Hollywood staples and Bollywood extravaganzas. The building's early-1960s architecture is very…
Theatre in Yangon

National Theatre

Opened in 1991, the National Theatre is a boxy modern structure, which little reflects traditional Burmese architecture. That said, the venue is increasingly being put to good use for a variety of shows, including i…
Cinema in Yangon

Thamada Cinema

In business since 1958, the Thamada continues to exude a retro cool vibe and regularly draws sellout crowds for its mix of local and Hollywood films screened in an air-conditioned hall (a plus on steamy days!). It's…