Yangon, November 5th

posted Nov 5, 2013, 6:09 AM by Jacqui Stanley   [ updated Nov 5, 2013, 5:31 PM ]
November 5th, 2013
We left the hotel early this morning and drove north to visit the Gitameit Music Centre. It is a non- profit community centre and music school. We heard some wonderful performances. The school is a small building that only has electricity for 4 hours each day. The director came up with acapella music pieces so the choir could still sing even if they lost power. 
After many photos, we reluctantly left the school and headed across the city to the National University of Arts and Culture. There, we were treated to several musical performances including some wonderful marionette dances before having a lunch with other delegates from many different countries.
Later, we met with faculty from the University and the director. 

Finally, we were shown to the Art department!! We all walking in and found a line of artists with chairs in front of them. We all sat down and they artists sketched us. They were fantastic. After 10 minutes we all had a wonderful, personal sketch of ourselves.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at another pagoda and after a hair raising trishaw ride across the city, we landed back at our air conditioned and comfortable hotel! It was a great day - lots of interesting experiences and exchanges but it was hot!! I was so ready to relax in air conditioned comfort and reflect on the kindness and calm of the Burmese people that we met today. 

Marionette puppeteers.

The artist with my sketch at the university.