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CULTURAL ACTIVITIES OF MYANMAR UPPER LAND (MUL)
The key persons of Myanmar Upper Land | culture & travel (MUL) involved in setting up two theatres in Myanmar called Mandalay Marionettes Theater (established in 1986) and Dance from Dynasties (founded in 2003).
Besides the tourism activities based in Mandalay, MUL’s primary interests were (and still are) in promoting and preserving a long-standing tradition in Myanmar performing arts.Gradually these local cultural activities were further developed, culminating from 2000 onwards in activities such as workshops and performances, nationally as well as internationally.
According to the needs of the cultural community in Myanmar especially in Mandalay, MUL started both tangible and intangible cultural activities with the aim to contribute to the conservation and safeguarding of traditional performing arts and cultural heritage in Myanmar since last 2009. With those aspirations above, MUL has successfully finished with several restoration projects which were mostly related to the tangible culture heritage of the disaster area in Myanmar.
In the field of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
2008 Nargis Cyclone in Irrawaddy delta, 2010 Giri Cyclone in Rakhine state, 2012 Flash flood in Pakokku township and 2013-14 Earthquake in Sint-Gu and Thapaikkyin townships, MUL organized the culture related projects which were mostly related to the tangible culture heritage of the disaster area in Myanmar and supported the relevant communities. Those projects are funded by Cultural Emergency Response (CER) program under the Prince Claus Fund, the Netherlands.
In the area of Performing Arts
2015 until 2016 MUL coordinated of a large project called “Safeguarding the Traditional Myanmar Marionettes Performing Arts.” The project was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) with collaboration from the “Goethe Institut” Myanmar. As part of this project a book and a Myanmar marionette DVD-Rom on all aspects of Myanmar puppetry were developed meant for teaching purposes and the sustainability of this art.
Concerning in this affected of the flash flood of Oct 2011 in Pakokku District, Myanmar, the Prince Claus Fund, in the context of Cultural Emergency Response Program, supported the Reconstruction of the Retaining Wall of Shin Pin A Lo DawPaukPhaYaGyi (Pagoda)with the collaboration of Myanmar Upper Land | culture & travel.
Concerning in this affected of the flash flood of Oct 2011 in Pakokku District, Myanmar, the Prince Claus Fund, in the context of Cultural Emergency Response Program, supported the Reconstruction of the Monastery, of its Ordination Hall, the restoration of the Stupas, Pagodas and the safeguarding of the ancient religious tangible memorials objects with the collaboration of Myanmar Upper Land | culture & travel.
Cyclone Giri, a category four cyclonic storm, made landfall in Rakhine State on 22nd October 2010, close to the town of Kyaukpyu. The Townships of Kyaukpyu, Myebon, Minbya and Pauktaw were the most severely affected by the storm, which caused severe damage to houses and infrastructure including roads and bridges in coastal areas.
Cyclone Nargis, devastated the Irrawaddy delta on 2 and 3 May 2008, killing tens of thousands of people and ruined Myanmar infrastructure, many survivors remained vulnerable and traumatized. To be able to continue theatrical and religious activities in the affected region of Moulmeingyun Township and Bogalay Township, Myanmar, the following activities were funded by Prince Claus Fund / CER and coordinated by KyawMyoKo, Director of Myanmar Upper Land | culture & travel.