Indochina to unite at arts festival

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Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia will showcase their best traditional and modern arts at the 2nd Indochina Art Festival in central Vietnam July 22-26, Vietnam News Agency has reported.

The event in the town of Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, will feature 340 artists from 12 art troupes, including the Laos National Art Troupe and Cambodian Royal Art Troupe.

The artists will perform new work as well as traditional folk songs and dances. Work highlighting friendship and cooperation among the three Indochinese countries will also be featured, according to organizers from the Performing Art Department and the province's People's Committee, who spoke at a press conference Monday.

A street parade and an incense offering ceremony for soldiers who fell in the three countries' battles for freedom and independence will also be part of the event.

The first Indochina Arts Festival was held in 2007, also in Quang Tri Province, a part of central Vietnam bordering Laos and home to the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which once divided the country during the Vietnam War.

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