Brighton Festival – What Next? The Future of Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi’s answer (delivered by video clip) is that the young people must realise their power and help themselves. This awareness-raising discussion outlined the complex political problems of Burma while asking the positive question of how the people might move forward. Interesting issues were raised concerning the efficacy of western sanctions, how the internet may help the democratic cause and parallels were drawn with the Arab Spring phenomenon. An engaging discussion concerned whether liberation can only come from non-violent action. Zoya Phan, the young Burmese novelist and campaigner spoke movingly of how she has been inspired to fight for basic human rights for all Burmese.

Corn Exchange, 17 May

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Fleur Shorthouse

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