An opportunity to promote Vietnamese stage arts

In the following interview granted to Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper, Director Le Quy Duong explained the reason why Da Nang city was selected to host the festival and shared his thoughts on the current situation of Vietnam’s stage arts. Director Duong was recently elected to the International Theatre Institute’s Executive Council and President of the International Festival Forum’s Executive Board at ITI’s 35th World Congress in Spain last year. Question: Can you please give us a short introduction on the International Theatre Institute and the International Festival Forum (IFF)? Director Le Quy Duong: The ITI was founded by UNESCO in 1948 with a mission to build a sustainable and equal connection among all countries in performing arts. After its 70-year development, the ITI now has 90 official members. The IFF is a major forum of the ITI and UNESCO, serving as a coordinator, policy-maker and organiser of performing arts festivals around the globe. How far has Vietnamese performing arts developed and integrated into the world, in your opinion? Director Le Quy Duong: Vietnam possesses a unique and diverse repertoire of traditional cultural heritages and performing arts, and many of the heritages have been inscribed onto the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. However, Vietnamese stage artists should be provided with more favourable conditions and equip themselves with professional skills in order to join their international colleagues on the global stage and promote Vietnamese performing arts to the world. Can you please reveal the reason why Da Nang was chosen to host… [Read full story]

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