Wheat beer, opera and ‚cosplay‘ blitz Yangon’s cultural barriers

Nikkei Asian Review – 1. Januar 2016

YANGON — A young Burmese woman stands outside the Yangon Oktoberfest in a traditional German dirndl dress — the work of a local tailor who copied the outfit from a picture. She is there to sample the imported wheat-based „weiss“ beer featured at the third Myanmar hosting of this famous Bavarian event. A rival Oktoberfest at a leading downtown hotel drew a packed house but this two-day event, with the imprimatur of the German embassy and sponsorship by other entities, dominated one of Yangon’s largest hotels, the Inya Lake Hotel on Oct. 9 and 10, 2015.

Local and foreign revelers in Myanmar enjoy a toast at the Oktoberfest celebration held at the Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon in Oct. 9 2015. (Courtesy of the Oktoberfest Yangon)

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