An act at the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia Young Circus Talent Contest kicked off in Hanoi on December 8. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Six circus troupes from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia took 11 acts of various types to the stage during an opening ceremony for three countries’ Young Circus Talent Contest in Hanoi on December 8.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien highlighted the close brotherhood between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia over generations.

The competition, held in the celebration of the establishment of the ASEAN Community at the end of this month, will be a good opportunity for the three countries to strengthen their ties and for their young talents to meet and learn from each other, Bien said.

He hoped that it would help nurture the development of circus arts.

The contest attracted young talents from 14 to 27 from four Vietnamese troupes - the Vietnam Circus and Vaudeville School, the Vietnam Circus Federation, the Hanoi Circus Art Theatre and the southern Long An Circus Theatre. They performed alongside the Laos National Circus Troupe and Circus Troupe from Cambodia.

Gold and silver medals will be presented to the most outstanding individuals and groups of performers at the closing ceremony on December 12. Judges will also select the best director and best coach.-VNA