A Vietnamese troupe performed traditional national dances and sang revolutionary songs on Tuesday night, as an act of encouragement to further strengthen relations between the Vietnamese and Lao peoples.

The event was part of Vietnam Culture Week in Laos (July 16-20), and was attended by the President of National Assembly and Politburo members, Ms Pany Yathortou, a Politburo member of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Le Hong Anh, as well as soldiers, police, youth union members and the general public.

The ceremony opened with a performance by a group of musicians, which delighted the hundreds of people in attendance with songs depicting the friendship relations, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations.

Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Prof. Dr Bosengkham Vongdara, said just as the Vietnamese troupe will perform in Laos; the Lao troupe will perform in kind in Vietnam to strengthen relations and cooperation between the two nations.

Vietnamese Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister, Hoang Tuan Anh, said Vietnam Culture Week marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations (1962-2012) between the two neighbours, and the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty (1977-2012).

Upcoming events will include traditional dance performances, a performance of revolutionary songs by the Vietnamese National Music Institute, an exhibition showing 30 artworks depicting Vietnam’s nature and lifestyle, as well as the screening of documentaries about Vietnam, its people, and its relationship with Laos.

Mr Hoang said Laos-Vietnam Friendship Year gives both nations’ people the chance to learn about the long history and cooperation between the two countries.

Source: Vientiane Times
July 25, 2012