2017 ASEAN Song, Dance and Music Festival commences
Monday, 2017-08-21 05:05:10
NDO – The 2017 ASEAN Song, Dance and Music Festival kicked off at Vinh Phuc provincial theatre, on August 20, as part of the activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN.
The festival features nearly 300 artists from seven ASEAN member states, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
The artists will present around 90 performances highlighting each nation’s culture.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien stated that the event will help tighten solidarity between nations in the ASEAN Community and promotes each nation’s culture.
Within the framework of the event, outstanding performances will be selected to entertain audience in Vinh Tuong district and Phuc Yen town.
The festival will last until August 24, aiming to improve people’s knowledge of the ASEAN Community and increase their awareness of developing the community.
Entrance to the festival is free.
On the same day, at FLC Sam Son Resort, Thanh Hoa province, the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) organised the final round of the "Voice of ASEAN + 3". The event also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN and the 72th founding year of the VOV.
The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh, Ambassadors and delegates from embassies of ASEAN countries, China, the Republic of Korea and Japan.
The first prize went to Darlin Joy Bate from Phillipines, while two second prizes were presented to Phan Thi Thu Lan (Vietnam) and Ni Ni Khin Zaw (Myanmar). Two third prizes were also granted to Pham Tien Manh (Vietnam) and Alvir Anthony Subrado (Philippines).
The event is considered to be an opportunity for young professional singers from ASEAN countries along with China, South Korea, and Japan to strengthen cultural exchanges.