Update: 08:59 | 02/05/2018
A Vietnam-Myanmar cultural exchange programme was recently held at the National Theatre of Yangon, offering local audiences many captivating performances which reflected the two countries’ traditional cultures.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
The event was co-organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture of Myanmar, and the Vietnam Artisan and Trademark Association.
The programme, featuring performances by nearly 2,000 artists, was held to mark 43 years of Vietnam-Myanmar diplomatic ties (May 28) and one year of the comprehensive cooperative partnership (July 2017). It was also organized as an activity to implement the joint statement issued in the official visit to Vietnam from April 19-20 by Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
In his speech, Myanmar Minister of Religious Affairs and Culture Aung Ko said the event followed the successes of bilateral cultural cooperation in 2017. It also demonstrated ASEAN members’ people-to-people connectivity and mutual understanding.
Officials and artists of
Vietnamese Ambassador to Myanmar Luan Thuy Duong emphasized that the programme was part of the two countries’ efforts to promote cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, thus helping to enhance their comprehensive cooperative partnership and fully realize the cultural cooperation programme for 2017-2020.
She also highlighted the meaning of the performances, introducing three UNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam, namely the practices related to the belief in the Mother Goddesses of Three Realms, Vi and Giam folk songs, and Quan ho (love duet singing) of Bac Ninh province.
The audience was also impressed by performances which were imbued with the two countries’ national identities, including a fan dance set to Vietnamese music by Myanmar artists and a traditional song of Myanmar sung by the two countries’ artists.