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Performing arts competition promotes traditional culture and national identity
A national competition to promote Vietnamese art and culture is calling for new works for performing artists that find inspiration in traditional culture and promote patriotism.

The winning works should promote national values and will be performed at festivals and celebrations across the country, said Nguyen Dang Chuong, director of the Performing Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The competition covers awards for the top stage plays, cheo (traditional opera), tuong (classical drama), opera, puppetry and cai luong (reformed opera) work. Prizes will also highlight the best musical works including traditional music pieces for orchestra and solos for musical instruments as well as short dance pieces.

The works are required to reflect Vietnamese culture and the people's life, as well as explore the most pressing issues faced by society.

All entries should be sent to the ministry of culture before October 31. The top works will be announced next year.