Symposium highlights need to preserve and develop reformed theatre

NDO - A symposium on the formation and development of Cai Luong (reformed theatre) art in Vietnam over the past 100 years was held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 28.


The event was attended by Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee (PCC) and head of the PCC’s Communication and Education Commission, Vo Van Thuong.

Speaking at the symposium, Politburo member Thuong stressed the need to foster and train young talents in order to preserve and develop the art for the future.

More than 40 presentations by experts were sent to the symposium to evaluate and propose solutions for the development of Cai Luong in order to meet the requirements for the preservation and promotion of the values of traditional arts in the context of international integration and globalisation.

The symposium was held jointly by Radio the Voice of Vietnam, the Central Council for Theory and Criticism of Literature and Art, the Vietnam Stage Artists Association, and the Ho Chi Minh City Stage Artists on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the formation and development of Cai Luong.

Cai Luong is a form of modern folk opera, which is particularly famous in Southern Vietnam. It is the convergence of southern Vietnamese folk songs, classical music, tuong (a Chinese-based classical theatre form), and modern spoken drama.

The southern province of Tien Giang is the home of Cai Luong and is the location where Chau Van Tu established the first Cai Luong troupe in Vietnam with a show launched in 1918.