This year, the festival is in its fourth season. In the past years, the work of the team creating the event within and outside of Myanmar has succeeded in enlarging the audience and the partnerships surrounding the making of this event. The 2017 edition will take the musicians on a tour across Myanmar with the aim of reaching a more diverse audience outside of Yangon. The Festival will also hold concerts in Sittwe, Myitkyina, Naypyidaw and Mandalay this year.
On this fourth edition, under the recognition of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs, MMF 2017’s focus is to highlight Western Myanmar Music collaborations by commissioning different works, blending Western and Myanmar instruments. We will work in collaboration with Myanmar traditional artists and artists from the South-East Asian and East Asian regions. The festival will also feature returning students such as Kevin Yang, who is a recipient of a full scholarship as a piano student at Missouri Western State University. This fourth edition also aims to be a preparation for the 5th anniversary of our festival in 2018.