New cultural show livens up sleepy Bagan
September 11, 2014
MYANMAR’S rich history will be brought to life in a new cultural show in Bagan, designed jointly by local and foreign companies.
Beginning this November, Dandaree features 100 performers and crew members from Myanmar and other South-east Asian nations, and will comprise of dance, sport and martial arts performances.
Also on the bill are pyrotechnic effects, a full Myanmar orchestra and life-size puppets, enhanced by production techniques used in feature films.
The show is a collaboration among Bagan Myanmar Tourism Company, Thailand-based Index Creative Village and Myanmar officials.
Speaking on the sidelines of the preview show held at Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, Narindej Thaveesangpanich, regional director of ASEAN, said a survey found that tourists who had been to Bagan reported a lack of activities in the ancient city.
The 80-minute show will run daily from 19.00 at the Bagan Golden Palace.
Tickets are US$50 per person and can be purchased in Yangon at 28, Lamin Condo, Kan Road, Hlaing Township; or Bagan at the Golden Palace, close to Tharabar Gate.
Phyoe Wai Yar Zar, chairman of Myanmar Tourism Marketing, expressed hope that the travel trade will use the show to promote Myanmar as a destination.
“The pre-launching of this show coincides with the tourism peak season in Myanmar…Tourists coming through the Yangon gateway have exceeded 500,000 as of end-June,” he shared.
“I hope Myanmar will be able to achieve about three million tourist arrivals by the end of the year, through all its international gateways and border checkpoints.”
Phyoe Wai Yar Zar added: “We will be the host of ASEAN Tourism Forum in January next year and Dandaree will also be there. This is not the first and last show, as more programmes will be created for visitors to Myanmar.”