Vietnamese puppet act wins world carnival in Bangkok

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A Vietnamese puppet performance has won the only official award at an international puppet festival in Bangkok.
“Nhip dieu que huong” (Rhythms of motherland) was crowned at the contests between 120 performances, selected from 856 acts from more than 80 countries at the annual Harmony World Puppet Carnival, according to a source from Vietnam Puppetry Theater whose artists joined the event.
The puppets, made of bamboo, were moved in ways to paint a vivid picture of the colorful rural Vietnam.
“This is the first time we joined such a grand arena. We were very anxious as we did not bring our strong act, that is a water puppet show, but we brought a piece of traditional puppetry that has been established worldwide,” the theater’s representative told Tuoi Tre newspaper.
“The victory is a dream come true. We are very proud.”
The piece was brought to several regional festivals in China last year and won audience’s choice award.
Harmony World Puppet Carnival was first held in the Czech Republic in 2008 and has become one of the year’s biggest art events and a playground for puppetry artists worldwide.
Performances are thrown on the streets or at shopping malls, such crowded places, as an effort to promote the art.
Five judges mingle into the audience instead of sitting at a central desk.
This year's 10-day festival was kicked off on November 1 with a street parade of 160 puppet troupes in more than four kilometers amid the cheers of Bangkok residents.

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