The 15-day festival was jointly held by the Performing Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnam Association of Stage Artists, and the Long An Provincial People’s Committee.
The event featured 27 plays by 22 art troupes from across the country.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ta Quang Dong hailed the participating ‘cai luong’ performers for bringing to the stage plays on assorted topics, from national construction and defence to the country’s Doi Moi (Renewal) process.
Many of the plays were staged with rich cultural features of the performers’ hometowns, he noted, adding that others focussed on the daily life and traditional customs of different areas in the country, thus inspiring national pride among viewers.
At the closing ceremony, the organising board presented five gold, seven silver and three bronze medals to the most outstanding plays.
A total of 40 gold, 53 silver and 31 bronze medals were also given to the best performers, best directors, best musicians, best scriptwriter, and best choreographers.