More senior stage artists to be housed in HCMC center

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An inauguration ceremony was held Wednesday, Nov 2, to build an additional 14 rooms at a special home for poor, old stage artists in Ho Chi Minh City.

The rooms will be built in a new building with an investment of VND600 million (US$28,570). The building will covers an area of 140 square meters in the center, which has a total area of nearly 6,000-square-meters.

The center, built 13 years ago, is located on Au Duong Lan Street in District 8.

The investment for the new rooms has been donated by the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the HCMC Red Cross chapter, local enterprises as well as local artists, according to the city's friendship association of stage artists.

There are around 500 homeless, retired artists in the city and 200 artists on the waiting list at the center, which first opened in 1998 with 21 rooms with support from the government and senior local artists.

According to director Vo Trong Nam, deputy director of the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the center and the new building needs more donations.

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Recently, the hall in the center, where the senior artists who are capable perform every full moon night, was upgraded with an capital investment of VND150 million (US$7,140).

Construction of the new building is expected to be completed next year. Two other buildings will be be constructed at the center next year, local officials said.

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