Twelve international art troupes and five
Vietnamese puppetry troupes will attend the 2nd International Puppetry Festival
in Hanoi from September 4-9.
Deputy Head of the Performing Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture,
Sports, and Tourim Vuong Duy Bien said the festival will be one of many
activities to celebrate Hanoi’s 1,000th anniversary.
This event will promote Vietnam’s puppetry arts to an international audience and
offer an opportunity for Vietnamese puppetry artists to exchange experiences and
absorb the essence of puppetry.
The winning troupe is expected to receive a gold cup worth US$1,000. Silver and
bronze cups as well as prizes for the best director, best painter, and best
actor will be presented.
The opening ceremony will take place at the Hanoi Opera House on September 4.
The Vietnam Puppetry Theatre will perform two items, entitled “Thang Long
Spirit” and “Ugly Baby Duck”.
Some puppetry shows that have performed successfully in many overseas countries
will be introduced at the festival. These shows will include Malaysia’s shadow
puppetry, Israel’s combined puppetry, and Indonesia’s Behind the Actors troupe.
The judging panel will comprise three foreign and two Vietnamese members, who
are all top experts in puppetry.