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Feature: The royal beauty of Golden Myanmar

ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta (16 December) -- The Gedung Kesenian arts centre in Jakarta came alive on Monday, 14 December 2009 with the sounds and strains of the rich culture of Myanmar.

A cultural troupe from the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture of Myanmar performed "The Royal Beauty of Golden Myanmar", which showcased 13 traditional and contemporary dances and musical performances of Myanmar. From the Dance of Zwagyi, a Myanmar folk character who is adept in the art of alchemy, to the Bagan Dance of the 11th-13th Century AD, the audience was treated to an evening of Myanmar music and dance.

The performances from Myanmar are the fourth in the Best of ASEAN Performing Arts series. Indonesia had showcased the best of their cultural performances in May 2008, Thailand in August 2008, and Singapore in April 2009. The series showcases the richness and diversity of performing arts in the region. The purpose of the series is to promote ASEAN awareness through the region's rich and diverse cultures as well as to acknowledge the important role that Jakarta has played as the host city of the ASEAN Secretariat.

The Best of ASEAN Performing Arts series was proposed by the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan. Dr Surin said, "Culture can bind the 584 million people of ASEAN together as we build the ASEAN Community. Through culture, we learn, understand, appreciate and experience each other's way of life. The performing arts and arts in general will help to create a sense of belonging, consolidating our unity in diversity".

The 4th Best of ASEAN Performing Arts is jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture of Myanmar and the ASEAN Secretariat, and supported by the Myanmar Embassy in Indonesia. (ASEAN Secretariat) [top]

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