Art in Yangon

Yangon Photo Festival

With Aung San Suu Kyi as its patron, this celebration of photography is held in March at Yangon's Institut Française and other venues across the city, and includes exhibitions, a conference and workshops.
Cultural in Yangon

Martyrs’ Day

Commemorates the assassination of Bogyoke (General) Aung San and his comrades. Events are held at the Martyrs' Mausoleum and Ministers Office.
Religious in Yangon

Shwedagon Paya Festival

Crowds of pilgrims descend on the Shwedagon for the country's largest paya pwe (pagoda festival), which takes place over the last full moon before the Myanmar New Year.
Film in Yangon

Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival

Dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also a patron, this film festival is a chance to see documentaries and shorts on human-rights themes from Myanmar and around the world.
Gay & Lesbian in Yangon


Held at the French Institute at the end of January, this film festival focuses on LGBT themes, screening local and international documentaries and dramas.
Religious in Yangon


Held at Yangon’s Hindu temples, Thaipusam involves colourful processions and ritual piercings of the flesh. The date depends on the lunar calendar.
Film in Yangon

Memory! International Film Heritage Festival

Dedicated to film heritage in Asia, this festival has been key in helping restore and screen the few remaining pieces of vintage Burmese cinema.
Sports in Yangon

Yoma Yangon Marathon

This international marathon around the city has been held since 2013. It includes options for a half-marathon, 10km run and 3km fun run.
Film in Yangon

Wathann Film Festival

Established in 2011, this film festival highlights short movies in three categories: short fiction, documentary and new vision.
Religious in Yangon

Botatuang Paya Festival

This temple festival features market stalls and fairground rides, including human-powered Ferris wheels.