Vietnam music fest to promote intellectual property rights

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A promotional poster for the ASEAN Music Festival: "Artwork is Work"

The inaugural ASEAN Music Festival, "Artwork is Work," will take place at 2 p.m. on May 11 at the American Club in Hanoi, according to the organizers, the United States embassy in Hanoi and CAMA (Club for Arts and Music Appreciation) Vietnam.

This celebration of creative, Asian youth culture will feature bands from the ASEAN region as well as art and community groups from within Hanoi who will attend the festival.

Festival performers will include garage rockers Blood Sugar Politik (Myanmar), the funk band Molam International (Thailand), the post-rock algorithms of Pulso (Philippines), the genre-defying electronic sound artists Muon (Singapore) and Vietnam's nu-netal heroes 18+.

In addition to the nonstop live music, the festival will feature a creative arts exhibit run by the Hanoi Flea Market and a visual arts center organized by Hanoi's Onion Cellar collective.

According to a press release from the organizers, as well as promoting pride in the contemporary cultural vibrancy of ASEAN nations, the festival also intends to highlight respecting the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of Asian artists.

IPR represents a vital part of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement as well as a core responsibility for countries joining the World Trade Organization (WTO). Fulfilling IPR obligations is considered a critical requirement for any country wanting to develop technologically-advanced industries and promote creativity and innovation among its people.

Protecting a nation's creative rights is vital to the development of homegrown industries in arts and technology. For the sake of creators of original works, the ASEAN Music Festival seeks to highlight the importance of enforcing intellectual property rights within the region.

Tickets for the event will be available at the door of the American Club located at 19-21 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi.

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