Thanh Nien songwriting contest inspires patriotism among the youth

By Phan Cao Tung, Thanh Nien News

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A performance during the award ceremony of Thanh Nien's song-competition contest "I love my homeland" in Ho Chi Minh City on October 14, 2015. Photo: Doc Lap A performance during the award ceremony of Thanh Nien's song-competition contest "I love my homeland" in Ho Chi Minh City on October 14, 2015. Photo: Doc Lap


“I love my homeland,” a songwriting contest organized by Thanh Nien Newspaper and Vietnam’s Youth Association, wrapped up with a night full of emotional and colorful performances in Ho Chi Minh City on October 14.
Hoa Binh Theater turned into a youth festival. The night was full of joy and youthful spirit, and at the same time it was inspiring. 
“This is a stage where young people express the love for their homeland through songs composed by both professional and unprofessional songwriters,” the organizers said. 
Songs that entered the final round were performed on stage by famous singers, together with songs were written by established songwriters just for the occasion and those that have been known to the local public for a long time. Several were written with the lyrics from Nguyen The Ky, deputy director of the Central Propaganda Committee.
Participants said the songs sounded even more emotional thanks to impressive stage effects by director Thai Huan. The effects did not just come from images of mighty mountains to peaceful villages. There was also a symbol of Vietnam's national flag.
Artists created a map of the country with the iconic conical hats, and a big torch was lit up on the stage as a symbol of youth’s vigor.
The contest received nearly 2,000 entries after more than three months. And through the performances, the organizers said that, it has spread patriotism to many people, especially 2,000 young audience members at the theater. The program was also broadcast live.
Nguyen Phi Long, Secretary of the Central Communist Youth Union and Chairman of Vietnam’s Youth Association, said as attending the performances that the song-writing contest was an important part of a patriotism campaign launched at a national meeting of the association last December.
“I believe that the winning songs will enter the life of young people to help highlight and inspire the love for the country and the people, and to encourage the youth to be more responsible and devoted to their country,” he said.
A family member of the first-prize winner Luu Duc Hoa (L) receives the award on his behalf. Photo: Doc Lap
“Tieng Viet” (Vietnamese language) with music by Luc Duc Hoa and lyrics by famous poet Luu Quang Vu won the first prize worth VND40 million. Hoa is working in the Czech Republic and a family member received the award on his behalf.
“Vietnam trong trai tim toi” (Vietnam in my heart) written by Ta Quang Thang won the second prize of VND30 million.
“Tinh yeu To quoc dat dao Bien Dong” (The love for the motherland is as big as the East Sea) written by Nguyen Duy Khoai and “Khuc hat dang doi” (A song for life) by Hinh Phuoc Lien won the third prizes of VND20 million each.
The fourth prizes of VND10 million each were given to “Hat ve Truong Sa” (Sing for the Spratlys) by Doan Quang Trung, “Dao xa men yeu” (Beloved island) by Nha Trung and “To quoc la tieng me” (Homeland in my mother's voice) by Nguyen Van Phuong and Nguyen Viet Chien.
The consolation prizes of VND6 million each were given to “Vietnam To quoc toi yeu” (Vietnam is the land I love) by Dong Duong Chieu, “To quoc” (Homeland) by Pham Minh Thuan and Nguyen Duy Xuan, “To quoc goi chung toi len duong” (We’re ready when the country calls) by Pham Minh Thuan and Nguyen Hong Dieu, and “Toi yeu To quoc toi” (I love my homeland) by Nguyen Duc Hiet.
As an organizer, Thanh Nien Newspaper would like to thank:
- The Central Communist Youth Union Committee
- Directors of Vietnam Television and the staff at the youth channel VTV6
- Dr. Nguyen The Ky, Deputy Director of the Central Propaganda Committee
- Directors of Hoa Binh Theater, Ho Chi Minh City
- Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports
- The judge panel comprising songwriters Ton That Lap, Luong Minh, Pham Dang Khuong, Le Quang Vu, Le Quang, and director Thai Huan
- The finalists
- The management board of the University of Industry and Hong Bang International University
- Other agencies and teams who have helped organize the event.
We would like to express our thanks for the sponsorship of:
- Thien Ngoc Minh Uy Company
- Phu Nhuan Service JSC
- National Housing Organization JSC
- Legato Communications and Entertainment Company which helped sponsor the event with VND500 million.
We would like to thank the technical support of director Nguyen Thai Huan, music director Le Quang, choreographer An Nguyen, stage designer Hoai Nam, music editors Hoang Hiep, Viet Anh, Minh Man, Son Thach, Nguyen Dan, Hoang Nha, Minh Hoang, light designer Thanh Sang, sound technician Le Anh Tuan, video programmers Hiep Van and Anh Huyen, art designers Minh Tung and Minh Triet, director assistants Dung Pham and Quoc Lan, and the coordination team.
We would like to thank singers Dan Truong, Ho Ngoc Ha, Ta Minh Tam, Thanh Thuy, Anh Bang, Duc Tuan, Uyen Linh, Nhat Thuy, Ta Quang Thang, Hong Vy, Hoang Anh, the bands MTV, Mat Ngoc and Ayor, MCs Binh Minh and Hoang Oanh, Saigon Chamber, Dance troupe No.1 and Sao Khue Viet Choir.

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