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WEF ASEAN 2018: Gala night to highlight Vietnamese culture

A gala night featuring Vietnamese culture will take place in Hanoi on the night of September 12 during a banquet for delegates to the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018 (WEF ASEAN).

At present, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Culture is urgently completed the last preparations for the programme, which aims to promote Vietnamese identities to the WEF ASEAN participants.

The event, themed “the beauty of Vietnam”, will also reflect Vietnam’s intensive and extensive international integration as well as its active and proactive preparation for and participation in the fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

The gala night will include three parts. The first part, “Vietnam – My homeland”, will feature special art forms of the three regions of the country, including UNESCO-recognised Nha nhac (Hue royal court music) and quan ho (love duet) singing.

World-renowned Vietnamese artists will devote opera and jazz performances in the second part, entitled “Integration”, which aims to affirm the talent of Vietnamese people during the international cultural integration.

Meanwhile, the last one will feature songs and dances of countries in the ASEAN Community. Regional artists will perform together to reflect a united, creative and prosperous ASEAN.

The WEF ASEAN 2018, themed “ASEAN 4.0: Entrepreneurship and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, is taking place in Hanoi from September 11-13.

The event is not only an important diplomatic activity of Vietnam in 2018 but also a chance for the country to promote its land, people and culture to international friends.

It attracts more than 1,000 delegates, including six presidents and prime ministers, who will focus their discussions on five key topics, namely defining new ASEAN vision on regional integration; seeking new business models and business governance in digital age; seeking new driving forces and business models for ASEAN states in industry 4.0; enterprises and new approaches to global and regional leadership; and smart infrastructure development, capacity training, startups, innovations in industry 4.0.

In 2010, Vietnam hosted the World Economic Forum on East Asia for the first time and over the past eight years, Vietnam has obtained remarkable economic achievements, including the GDP per capita rising from 1,160 USD in 2010 to 2,385 USD in 2017.

The WEF was established in 1971 as a non-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva. The forum engages political, business, and other leaders to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

Founded in 1967, ASEAN groups together Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.