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Newsletter May 2024

Goethe-Institut Myanmar

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the winners of the Article Writing Challenge

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Congratulations to the winners of the Article Writing Challenge – "Environmental Harmony"

Over 200 applicants expressed interest in participating in the challenge, resulting in 85 articles submitted, each offering significant insights into environmental issues and potential solutions. After careful consideration and with great enthusiasm, we proudly announce our winners:

Lin Htet - မေ - ကျွန်ုပ်တို့ချစ်သော ကမ္ဘာမြေ
1st Runner Up: Hsu Theint - ကျွန်တော်နှင့်မသိခြင်းများ
2nd Runner Up: Khun - သဘာ၀တရားနဲ့သဟဇာတ

This event was organized under the Go Green Goethe initiative by Goethe-Institut Myanmar in collaboration with Prevent Plastics. Pages of insight: The Article reading event and interactive Q&A session took place on 26th April at Goethe-Institut Myanmar Library from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Selected articles were published after the event.

We thank all participants for their dedication and commitment to environmental awareness. Your contributions have ignited important conversations and inspired positive action within our community. Stay tuned for future events and opportunities to engage with us in creating a greener, more sustainable future for all.


Materials of Life

Big Beng, 2017 Bamboo, wire 270 x 590 x 140 cm©Sopheap Pich Studio

‘Materials of Life: Artistic Creation and Environmental Resources’

To foster the widespread adoption of diverse materials in contemporary artwork creation, Goethe-Institut Myanmar is introducing the 'Materials of Life' project in March 2024. This initiative comprises a series of workshops led by locally renowned artisans from across the country. Seven talented young and mid-career artists from both Yangon and beyond have been selected to participate. They will explore various techniques for working with natural materials, including bamboo, natural pigments, Shan tradition handmade paper, ancient chanting paper, and natural dyes.

In May 2024, Sopheap Pich, an internationally prominent artist, will join us to collaborate with the participating artists. Additionally, Sopheap will lead a public talk program, primarily focusing on the use of natural materials, leveraging the shared resources between Myanmar and his native Cambodia.

Stay tuned for program details, to be announced on our social media channels by Sopheap Pich. Keep an eye out for updates to witness the depth of working with natural materials and observe how artists integrate their creative inspiration and artistic concepts into mediums provided by Mother Nature.

For further information about Sopheap Pich, please visit the following link:
Watch free Movies at “Goethe on Demand”

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Watch free Movies at “Goethe on Demand”

Have you heard about "Goethe-On-Demand"?

Discover "Goethe-On-Demand," the streaming platform of Goethe-Institut, which showcases diverse German cinema, from classics to contemporary arthouse films.

In May, in honor of "Labour Day," we have the "Women at Work" movie series, which explores evolving perspectives on women's roles in the workplace.

Sign up to watch for free by clicking the link below!
Acadamy of Care

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Academy of Care

Our Academy of Care (AOC) program officially starts on May 13th, 2024, for two and a half months. A total of 13 participants are joining us from various parts of Myanmar: Lashio, Inle, Taung Gyi (Shan), Myit Kyi Na (Kachin), Zarthabyin (Kayin), Hakha (Chin), Gwa, and Maungdaw (Rakhine), along with 4 participants from Yangon, including Kaw Mhu and Hle Gu.

Meet our dedicated project coordinators, Kyaw Moe Lwin and Yumi Khaing Mon Myat. They bring the experience to achieve the objectives of the AOC program, ensuring a valuable experience for all participants.

The program will cover mental health and psychosocial support methods, focusing on art, music, and drama therapy approaches. Our experienced psychologists and therapists, both local and international, will guide participants through these transformative practices, fostering healing and growth in creative forms.

Stay tuned for more updates as we progress with the AOC project.
Hand colouring book

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"Hand Colouring"

In the past, when photos were only black and white, painters used special techniques to add color and make the photographs unique. This blend of photography and painting created stunning hand-coloured photographs.

"Hand Colouring" a Leporello book, features the Myanmar Photo Archive's curated collection of hand-coloured photos across Myanmar. It also includes easy-to-follow tips for creating your own hand-coloured photos at home.

Explore the techniques of hand colouring art and unleash your colourful imagination onto black-and-white photos.
Archive and collection

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"Archive and Collections"

Join us for a panel discussion on archiving and collecting on the 3rd of May at Goethe-Institut Myanmar Auditorium.

Archiving and collecting objects, images, and remnants from the past has become a trend globally, including in Myanmar. But why do we collect? What are archives really for?

And what is the difference between a collection and an archive? Experts, hobbyists, and passionate collectors will discuss their work and inspiration in this event, explaining why they are drawn to preserving the past and consider it important.

Don't miss out on this interesting discussion! Stay Connected to our Goethe-Institut Myanmar and Myanmar Photo Archive's social media for more information.
Talking Types | May

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Talking Types | May

Talking Types, where designers meet monthly, was held for the first time on April 6 at the Goethe-Institut Myanmar. The designers present were Zin Bo Oo (Zin Bo Graphic Design), Tun Naung (Phoenix Digital Art), Ko Htak Aung Khine (KoH type and design), Flo, and Khun Kyi.

At Talking Types, Burmese designers and a designer from Germany shared and discussed type design and typography. We discussed archiving and collecting type specimen books on the first day, research methods to support Burmese type classification, and our software. Furthermore, we thoroughly explored the concept of Type DNA.

Talking Types will continue to be held every second Saturday of the month at the Goethe-Institut Myanmar. The upcoming meeting on May 11 will focus on pairing and designing Burmese and English fonts.

Next Talking Types meet up
Date: May 11, 2024
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Goethe-Institut Myanmar

If you are a type designer or an enthusiast interested in Talking Types, please contact us at yannaing.oo@goethe.de for more details and updates.


B1 Package

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B1 Package

Join the B1 Package at Goethe-Institut Myanmar to meet the language requirements for "Ausbildung" or "Studienkolleg" in Germany. Get a 20% discount and split the payment into six installments. The package covers A1, A2, and B1 levels, including exam training and three exams. Normally, the package costs 4,100,000 MMK, but it costs only 3,280,000 MMK. Success in the B1 exam earns a 300,000 MMK reward. Free advisory services and library membership are included. Limited seats are available.

Register by emailing info.language.mmr@goethe.de for the discount before May 5, 2024. Call 01 937 6160 (Ext. 1) for details.
German Courses

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German Language Courses

Start learning the German language systematically at the Goethe-Institut Myanmar!

Our German language courses are based on the six levels defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Our courses are thereby internationally recognized and comparable. Goethe-Institut Myanmar is offering online, in-person and hybrid German language courses in May. Registration is open from 24.04.2024 to 05.05.2024. For any inquiries, please get in touch with us via info.language.mmr@goethe.de.
German Exam

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Goethe-Zertifikat Exams

Do you need documented proof of your German language skills that are recognized all over the world?

The Goethe-Institut certificates are accepted worldwide as verification of your language capabilities. Goethe-Institut Myanmar is offering Goethe-Zertifikat exams in May! Registration is open from 06.5.2024 to 13.5.2024. Please check our schedule and register via info.language.mmr@goethe.de!


Transformed Words for Transformed Hearts

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"Transformed Words for Transformed Hearts"

Get ready to unlock your creativity at our upcoming event: the Transformed Words for Transformed Hearts Workshop!

We're excited to announce that we'll be hosting this inspiring workshop at the library. During this workshop, we will explore effective methods to identify and enhance our creative abilities in poetry writing. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into the intricate relationship between poetry and human life. This workshop is tailored for individuals interested in generating fresh ideas and refining their poetry writing skills.

Renowned poet and accomplished writer Maung Day will lead this workshop. Participants will engage in practical writing exercises and other enriching activities throughout the sessions. Moreover, there will be discussions and readings of participants' written works, providing valuable feedback and insights.

Every poem is crafted from a wealth of knowledge and life experiences. This workshop offers a platform to deepen our understanding of this creative process. Registration in advance is required to attend this workshop in May. Selected participants will have the opportunity to participate in the workshop sessions free of charge.

Save the dates for the workshop sessions:
Day 1- 16.05.2024, Day 2- 23.05.2024, Day 3- 30.05.2024, Day 4- 06.06.2024
Time: 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Confirmation letters will be sent to participants selected to attend this workshop after the Form closing date on 09.05.2024!
Remark: The workshop will be held in Myanmar language.

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The program which is held once a month at the Goethe-Institut Myanmar library – “Board Game Friday”, this month, you don't have to play the board games available in the library, you can bring your favorite board games and enjoy them together with your friends.

Only ten persons are allowed to join at a time, so anyone who is interested should register in advance via mail biblio-yangon@goethe.de or 01 9376160 (ext. 301/302) during the library’s opening hours.

If you have your special or fun games that you would like to share with your friends, please bring them.
Reading Club

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This month's “Reading Club” program is tailored for B1 level participants. In this program, both those who are learning German and those who have already mastered the language are welcome to participate. Through this program, you can not only enhance your reading skills and expand your vocabulary, but it will also contribute to the improvement of your thinking skills. 

If you are interested in participating, please register by sending an email to biblio-yangon@goethe.de
Learning Advisory Program

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Empowering Your Learning Journey:


In the “Learning Advisory” Program, you will be assisted with any challenges you may encounter in your German studies. These issues will be addressed, and recommendations will be provided by a teacher of Goethe-Institut Myanmar. In this month's "Lernberatung" program, we will delve into essential books, online resources, and tailored recommendations suitable for A1 level german language learners. 

A virtual online session has also been arranged so that those who cannot visit the library in person can participate and ask questions. 

Enroll now and participate in our free Learning Advisory Program for your German learning needs: biblio-yangon@goethe.de
Library Closure Dates

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Library Closure Dates in May

We want to inform you that our library will be closed on weekends throughout the month of May. 

The library will be open during regular library opening hours on other days(except Thursdays and Public Holidays) for library members and visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to plan your visits accordingly.

Thank you for your understanding!


Goethe-Institut Myanmar
Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, corner of Nat Mauk Street, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Tel. +95 1 9376160