Wed, 18 Jun 2014. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:44
Puppetry is a form of theatre or performance in which an inanimate object or representational figure animated or manipulated by a puppeteer. It is believed that puppetry originated about 3000 years BC. Puppetry is pretty popular in various cultures, especially, in ASEAN cultures. Because of this cultural similarity, in 2006, the ASEAN Puppetry Association was established consisting of 10 Southeast Asian nations including Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, and Indonesia. As usual, the meeting of Puppetry Association in ASEAN is took place every two year in one Southeast Asia country. The objectives of the meeting are to exchange professional experiences and discuss the way of developing the puppetry arts among the Southeast Asian nations. Besides, this is a great chance for puppeteers to meet and learn about puppetry techniques of other nations.
In 2014, the ASEAN Puppetry Association meeting in Vietnam is held. This is the first time Vietnam hosts this event. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof – the Chairman of ASEAN Puppetry Association - emphasized the meeting was a forum to enhance the cooperation of the puppetry arts in particular and the relationships among ASEAN countries in general. Mr. Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof also hoped this collaboration was not only unlimited within ASEAN, but also expanded to other nations in the world. Also at the opening ceremony, Mr. Vuong Duy Bien – Vietnam Deputy Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism appreciated the puppetry arts and the maintenance of the annual general meeting. “In the context of enhancing co-operation in all aspects including economics and culture among nations, the puppetry arts is a effective media tool for culture, which is not be restricted by language barrier. Therefore, this will help to strengthen the mutual understand between countries from all over the world”, Mr. Vuong Duy Bien added.
Vietnam puppet is a very famous and traditional folk arts originated in the delta of the Red river in the 11th century. In addition, Vietnam water puppet (puppet that dances on water) is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition. Hosting the 6th Meeting of ASEAN Puppetry Association is a wonderful opportunity for Vietnam to perform the most special puppet techniques. During the event, Vietnam promises to hold outstanding puppetry performance each day to welcome the participation of ASEAN countries, tourists and local residents. Besides, Vietnam also organizes sightseeing activities in Vietnam well-known monuments and destinations for tourists.